Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Five Best Things About A Book Launch

5. You get to order your favourite dessert Pasteis de Nata - (portugese custard tarts) and a cake with a picture of your book on it and share it with friends and family (Although I must say I only got to eat a piece of the cake - the tarts were snapped up like money drifting on the street!)


4. You get to thank everyone who's supported you and share with them the joy of having a book published. Because writers all know how important supportive friends and family are through this slog!

3. You get to sign actual copies of your books with a cool pen - a dream you thought would never come true (I really like cool pens

2. Friends bring you lovely bouquets of flowers and plants that you can enjoy for days afterwards (Well, I'm hoping I can keep the plant alive for more than a few days - I'll work hard on it Stephanie!!)

And the number one best thing about the launch?

1. You get to watch your Mom and Dad read the dedication of your book and see your Mom's eyes well up with tears of love. Thanks Mom and Dad - having you there was the best part of the launch!


  1. Congrats, Nelsa! And I got tears in my eyes reading about your parents' tears in their eyes. That's what it's all about, right?!

    Enjoy! Can't wait to read the book.

  2. Oh, Nelsa! It looks and sounds wonderful! Yay!

  3. Hi Shari: It is TOTALLY what it's all about. Can't wait to read Change of Heart, too!

    Hi Julia: Thanks for dropping by - and it was very wonderful!

  4. By the way,,, you have to change the sub header on your blog. You are not "About to be published." You ARE published! I think you should change it to "About to be a major best selling YA author :) "

    Love ya!

  5. Woo-hoo! Very cool! Love the cake!

    Hey. Why didn't I get a cake like that?

    Note to self: next time, CAKE. :-)

  6. Steph: Okay, you're right - I have to change it now. But I think we're going to be a tad more modest (i.e. realistic! :) )about how to describe my status. I'm pretty happy just writing Published!

    Hi Cynthia: The cake was lovely and very yummy. Done by a local company here (my middle daughter's friend's mom owns it) called Bake Sale.

    Thanks, Laura! I have lovely pictures and memories to help me remember it. Too bad the cake and pastries don't last!

  7. It is fun and it should be. Hope you'll always take joy from the writing, the publishing, and the promoting of your books.

  8. I am so happy for you. May this launch be only the first of many more to come, Roland

  9. So exciting, Nelsa! Congratulations! Also, I left a little something for you over at my blog.

  10. So awesome and exciting! Congrats on your book, and book launch party! I followed over here from Readatouille. I have book coming out in June and I was contemplating one of these - unfortunately my mom and dad live about a 1000 miles away. :( How awesome that you had them by your side! Where did you host your party? (it looks like the library?)

  11. Hi C. Lee! I will always take joy from the writing and the creating. The promo I've got to work a little harder at! :)

    Hi Roland! Thanks so much for dropping by and I truly appreciate your good wishes.

    Ruth: Thank you. I'm going to sneak over to your blog right now! Very curious!

    Hi Susan: Thank you so much! And thanks for coming over! Congrats on your book - I'll have to check out your blog and get the deets. I betcha your folks will want to come and celebrate with you even though they're so far away. I had my party at one of our fabulously renovated libraries - the Bloor-Gladstone - which serves many of our immigrant communities here in the city and I wanted to celebrate that.

  12. Ruth - I just visited Readatouille (love that blog name by the way) and thank you so much for the Prolific Blogger award! I hope you enjoy the posts here - half the time I'm wondering if I'm making any sense when I write these things (kinda like when I'm writing my books!) :)

  13. How cool is that?! Congratulations!