Before my book launch, I’d been warned that the actual publication day might feel anti-climactic. First of all, my book was originally planned for January 2012, so when it got moved up, the press and events were still planned for a month later. And then there was the fact that MWF Seeking BFF was coming out right around the holidays, when people are out of town and distracted. And, finally, was the simple fact that after you see your book on the shelves, it’s like “Ok. There it is. Now what?”
Or so I was told.
But I tell you, for me, it was totally climactic! I swear, besides my wedding, Tuesday might have been the best day of my life. I woke up to emails and text messages from friends (old and new). I went first thing with my mom and brother to the bookstore, where we took this photo (among others). Then I got a manicure, and headed to lunch with one of my new friends, where I indulged in a mid-day champagne margarita. (Who knew such a thing existed?) Next, back to the computer for some email catch up. Then, a trip back to the bookstore with my husband. (We’d had a champagne toast, just the two of us, the night before.) Then dinner with my whole family to celebrate the book launch and the first night of Hanukkah.
I mean, really, is there anything better? It’s not like a birthday, which you have every year. Tuesday will forever be the day my first book was published, and it was more memorable than even I thought it would be.
Do prolific writers still get goosebumps on book release day? I can’t imagine there ever being a day where I see my name on a book on a bookshelf in a bookstore and am all “There’s my latest book. NBD.” Nope. Won’t happen. I honestly think I’ll always be this giddy.
If you’re still on the fence about MWF Seeking BFF, might I invite you to read the intro and first chapter? Or perhaps you’d be interested to see that it was named “Required Reading” by the New York Post (and Cindy Adams!) and the Editor’s Choice by Chicago Tribune. Or that O, The Oprah Magazine called it one of “10 Titles to Pick Up Now” and Chicago magazine recommends you “put MWF on your book club list now.” Self, Glamour.com (thanks former Deb Sarah Jio!), and PsychologyToday.com have all recommended it, too. As you might imagine, my head is still spinning in excitement.
As a big thanks to our wonderful Debutante Ball readers, I’d love to give away a copy to a commenter below. Just tell me: Other than a wedding/birth of a child, what was your best day ever?