In homage to the lovely Deb Sarah Pekkanen’s goodbye post, an homage in itself to the fabulous Bridget Jones , I give you my debut year in numbers.
Debutante Ball posts written: 49
Debutante Ball guests wrangled: 56
Debutante Ball comments left: 757
Messages on the 2011 Deb mailing list: 976
Miles traveled to promote the book: Oh, thousands.
Frequent flyer program elite status: 2
Times I woke up in a strange hotel room and didn’t know where the bathroom was: Legion.
Events to promote the book: 30 (stock signings and book clubs not included)
Times bookstore employees checked my author photo before allowing me to sign copies of my book: 2
Times bookstore employees were thrilled to meet me: Dozens! Thank you, booksellers!
Books signed on one day at the American Library Association conference in New Orleans: Just shy of 500. Thank you, librarians!
Amy Einhorn Books authors I’ve met in person: 5 (Kelly O’Connor McNees, Siobhan Fallon, Alex George, Sarah Blake, Mark Mustian)
Debs I’ve met in person: 6 (Sarah Jio, Elise Allen, Sarah Pekkanen, Tiffany Baker, Kristina Riggle, M. Molly Backes)
Graduate Debs who calmed me down when I was panicking about my 2nd book: 2 (xoxo Sarah P. and Tiffany)
Times 2011 Deb’s books release dates changed: 4
Awesome 2011 Deb books released: 6
Times Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) asked me about the Populazzi tattoo on my cleavage: 1
Things my fellow Debs and readers taught me: Millions!
I can’t believe my time at the Ball is over – it’s been a wonderful, exhausting, exciting year and I’m so glad that I had my fellow Debs and readers along for the ride.
Thank you, Elise, Kim, Sarah, and Tawna, for being such wonderful friends, and congratulations on all your successes!
And thank you, Deb Ball readers and fans of The Weird Sisters. You can keep up with me at my website, on Facebook, or on Twitter. And of course, I’ll see you at the 2012 Debutante Ball to support the next class of Debs, starting next week!