You mean, today???
Even as I type these words, I can’t quite believe it. Over a year and a half has passed since I learned the amazing news that NAL would be publishing my novel, Little Gale Gumbo, on October 4th, 2011.
And now that day is finally here.
So one would think a year and a half would be plenty of time to organize the release celebration of all celebrations, right? After all, I’m the girl who loves a party. In fact, I love them so much I used to get kicked out of birthday parties at 5 and 6 years old for opening other kid’s presents! That’s commitment, am I right?
Here’s the truth, dear friends: Like my fellow Deb sister Eleanor Brown confessed when her launch week arrived, I too am utterly without a plan, without a party, without a gala. Little Gale Gumbo releases today and all I can think to do is slip into the bookstore down the street, watch my daughters rush through the aisles looking for the familiar cover like it’s the jelly bean hunt on Easter morning, then swing next door to the supermarket for a gross amount of pound candy and a cheap bottle of champagne. (Hey, it’s a school night. I’m trying to behave!)
But you know what I do know?
I know that when I first heard the incredible news of my book contract, I had no idea how many people I would be fortunate to connect with through this itty bitty thing called social media. I had no idea that I would be lucky enough to be celebrating this day, this book, with the amazing group of people here at the Debutante Ball.
So forget renting out a restaurant. Ditto to flying to Cancun. I’ve got you guys. Cheering me on. Making me smile. Making me laugh. Making me feel, for every minute of the wild and wondrous ride that is the journey to publication, that I am one lucky broad.
So let’s crack open the chocolate-covered bridge mix and pour some of that six-dollar bubbly, my dears. Because I’m in my happy place right now, right here.
And above all, my warmest thanks.
(And I can’t wait to give away a copy of Little Gale Gumbo to one commenter, so chat away everyone!)