Tiny Pretty ThingsOkay, so the lovely ladies here at the DebBall may all be like, Oh, I am so not a party planner and all that. But you know what? I’ve got them all beat. Because the book launch for TINY PRETTY THINGS is just under two months away, and aside from the date and time, we haven’t really done a thing.

Okay, that’s not true. I made the paperless post evite. Have I sent it out? No. But I made it! So that’s something, right?

But there’s a lot left to do. So let me just make a to-do list for the party right here, and that can serve to enlighten all of us. Cool? Cool.

The venue. Locked and loaded! We did try to plan this part early, honestly we did. But booking rules stated we needed our publicist to confirm these details, so it took a bit longer. Then the whole BEA-is-the-week-of-our-launch thing happened, and thus, our party is now set for Thursday, June 4th. Yes, a week after our launch. But it’ll still be a slammin’ shindig, no worries.

Invites. Created! YAY! Sent? Not quite. That is at the top of this to-do list!

The food. Luckily, CAKE is called CAKE. So surely there will be some form of cake. And maybe other treats, too? Samosas? Cookies with the TPT cover? D and I are all about the treats. So this will be priority number one!

The family. We’ve both got lots of it, so they’ll definitely be in the house — er, bookstore.

The friends. We’re excited to share TINY PRETTY THINGS with our pals, who’ve offered so much in the way of supporting us over the last four years!

The Swag! We’ve got postcards and stickers and pins, whoooohoo! And we’re plotting a fun give-away that will be top secret!

The Fun! This, of course, is the key to the whole damn thing. I imagine a launch party is much like a wedding — you plan, plan, plan, and then night flies by in a blur of family and friends and you forget to eat or even pause to breathe. So the one thing I’ll keep reminding myself is: it’s not a show. It’s a celebration! So we need to take the time to relax and enjoy it, even if the cupcakes are smooshed or a bridesmaid makes a drunken speech. Wait, no bridesmaids? Okay, then we are GOOD TO GO!

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An entertainment and lifestyle journalist published by The New York Times, People, ABC News, MSN, Cosmopolitan and other major national media, SONA CHARAIPOTRA currently curates a kickass column on YA books and teen culture for A collector of presumably useless degrees, she double-majored in journalism and American Studies at Rutgers before getting her masters in screenwriting from New York University (where her thesis project was developed for the screen by MTV Films) and her MFA from the New School. When she's not hanging out with her writer husband and two chatter-boxy kids, she can be found poking plot holes in teen shows like Twisted and Vampire Diaries. But call it research: Sona is the co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book development company with a decidedly diverse bent. Her debut, the YA dance drama Tiny Pretty Things (co-written with Dhonielle Clayton), is due May 26 from HarperTeen. Find her on the web at or

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