Well, 6 weeks post book-launch and it would normally be time to wipe down the counters, flip over the barstools and tell the person knocking outside, “Sorry, we’re closed.” Tara has left the building.
Instead of that final episode of Cheers, imagine Norm walking back in and everyone yelling “Norm!” Except, um, shouting some other name. “Tara!”
Yep, I’m sticking around. Keep the stool on the corner warm for me.
I realized some of the most interesting debut experiences have happened to me post-launch. So why depart now? This is stuff that’s rarely discussed.
- Like a corporate dispute between your publisher and America’s sole remaining national book chain which keeps your book out of the brick-and-mortar shops.
- Like a gut-punching review.
- Like your own child’s school declining your offer of a free school visit.
- Like your daughter’s name being misspelled in the dedication.
- Like most bookstores wanting you to appear in October because your book has Halloween appeal, yet very few wanting you NOW, when early sales are crucial to momentum.
BUT, there’s also the really cool stuff.
- Like bookstores tweeting pictures of children drawing the monsters they’d like to buy at THE MONSTORE.
- Like receiving fan mail from 22 kids at a summer writing camp, after using the first page of your book as their favorite writing prompt.
- Like Skyping with classrooms across the country…in your jammies.
- Like complete strangers showing up to your very first book signing. Even the town mayor.
- Like being on a radio show!
- Like people reviewing your book on blogs, Amazon and GoodReads, saying they love your book.
Yes, these things make you feel all warm and fuzzy, like an evening at a place where everybody knows your name.
So I’ll be here for a while longer. And let’s make this blog post interactive, shall we? Ask me anything about my post-book-launch experiences and I’ll be happy to oblige.