Kimmery’s Tips For A Strong Book Launch Party

When it comes to parties, I tend to roll large. Most of the time this is fine, but in terms of book launch events it may have backfired since my social tendencies and inability to turn anything down resulted in the world’s most over-scheduled book release day. I started off before sunrise with an insane TV segment where a morning show cut to me and a loud, hilarious, supremely confident…

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A Tale of Two Launches

I had two launch parties for Girlish—one in my hometown of Rochester, NY, and one in my current town, Cleveland. Old Hometown Launch Venue: Writers and Books (a writing center) Food: Beautiful appetizer and dessert trays, which remained largely uneaten. Two kinds of wine + bottled water, most of which remained largely undrank. Agenda: chatting, signing, and general milling about. I did a 10-minute reading from Girlish. Takeways: People don’t care…

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No One Minds Cake

My launch party took place at the awesome Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia — the place which is, more or less, my hometown. I wasn’t born there, but it’s where I spent my formative years, where my parents still live, and where I recently returned after leaving Roanoke. If you’re ever in the Richmond area, definitely stop by — it’s my favorite kind of indie store, quirky and charming and…

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[News Flash] Announcing Your 2019 Deb Class!

Today we are breaking away from our usual Sunday News Flash to introduce our new Debutante Ball Class of 2019! We are so excited for the new Debs to take over and share their amazing books with you. So without further delay please join us in welcoming: KA Doore – THE PERFECT ASSASSIN (TOR March 2019) Layne Fargo – TEMPER (Gallery/Simon Schuster, May 2019) Stephanie Jimenez – THEY COULD HAVE…

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Interview with L.L. McKinney, Author of A Blade So Black

L.L. McKinney is a writer, a poet, and an active member of the kidlit community. She’s an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. She’s spent time in the slush by serving as a reader for agents and participating as a judge in various online writing contests. She’s also a gamer girl and an adamant Hei Hei stan. A Blade So Black is her debut…

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Trunked: A Love Story

I have a veritable stockpile of poems none of y’all are ever going to read, and you should thank your lucky stars because those words– though they taught me about imagery and evoking emotion and storytelling– they are not good words. There are 23 versions of my first novel sitting on a hard drive next to 3 years of MFA poetry work that you’re also not going to read. And that’s…

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The Manuscripts In Lara Lillibridge’s Drawer

  I write a lot. I devote the majority of every day to writing, reading, and editing. (It really helps to have a work-and-home SigO who is always working.) I know I’m both incredibly lucky to be able to do so and also incredibly boring by most people’s standards.  I get antsy when I’m away from my work for too long. Even when I travel—and I travel a lot—I write…

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