I am ridiculously excited that after months of writing and editing in five days The Sister will be released and I’ll achieve my lifelong dream of being an author. Five days!!
A couple of days after publication I have planned a small launch. A chance to thank family and friends for their support and, of course, eat cake.
On publication day itself I’ll be live on local radio in the morning and I will be over at the Crime Book Club on Facebook answering a live question and answer session between 6.30pm-8.00. I can’t think of a better way to spend my launch day than with readers. Please do come over and join the group if you haven’t already. I also hope to sneak in a cream tea at some stage. Any excuse for a scone.
Being inquisitive (ok, nosy) I couldn’t help quizzing a few authors on how they choose to spend their publication days and their answers were both touching, and a little shocking – Angela Marsons and Caroline Mitchell I’m looking at you!
For my first book I had a party on the night of publication at my house with drinks & nibbles and read an extract from The Poet’s Wife. This time round because of my #WonderfulWomen hashtag (well not exactly because of it, but it fit well) I got together a group of lovely women here in Nairobi for lunch to celebrate my novel, female strength & solidarity. Rebecca Stonehill
For my first novel, I held a virtual launch party on Twitter and Facebook with giveaways, exclusive extracts, Q&A with me and my editor etc. At home, I usually sit in the garden with a glass of Bucks Fizz then run inside when it starts peeing it down…! I don’t tend to hold physical celebrations / parties but am thinking about it this year. Tracy Buchanan
For my first one I allowed myself the whole day to doss around on social media just enjoying the buzz and responding to tweets and messages and reviews. Later there was some kind of twitter party where we hijacked a tour bus and everything. I remember something about Caroline Mitchell and a dancing pole but it was very, very late!! Angela Marsons
For my first novel ‘The Girl with Emerald Eyes’ – I held a party in a little art gallery in London and invited all my friends. I had copies of the book there and signed them for anyone who wanted one. We had drinks and nibbles and I gave a little speech. I had waited so long to get the novel published and it was a very special day for me. Debbie Rix
I always celebrate the same way. A bottle of champers, with a helping of take away fish and chips. Caroline Mitchell
I love cooking, so cook a special dinner and celebrate with my family, keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best. Renita D’Silva
For my first book I invited some friends around for champagne and nibbles then I took my husband out for a special dinner to say thank you for all the patience, support and BELIEF on my long road to publication. My second book launch was on a bank holiday weekend…a lot of people were away or busy so I decided against a ‘do’ and toasted the lovely reviews and rankings with champagne and dinner at our gorgeous village pub. Teresa Driscoll
I went to the printers at Clays in Suffolk to see my first book, The School Gate Survival Guide, coming off the presses. I went with my Dad who used to run a printing firm and he loved seeing how much technology had moved on. They treated us like royalty. When they pressed a button, the whole factory turned into a sea of red covers, thousands of copies in all stages of production. My dad was so proud and I was so touched to see that. Kerry Fisher
I think my first one was spent doing pretty much normal stuff, which was very dull, but the kids and work kept me too busy to do much else! I might have had chip shop chips for tea, and that’s about as exciting as it got! Sharon Sant
My very first book Mini Skirts and Laughter lines was self-published and I spent all day (24 hours) hosting a blog party that was amazing fun. I had “rooms” instead of pages and hosted a best Mini Skirt competition and funniest joke for Laughter Lines in another “room” and had a chat room that went down really well. I had over 15,000 hits for that day the most I have ever had. It took me a month to prepare the party but it was worth it. Nowadays I have less energy so I don’t hang about online as much and of course, Mr Grumpy insists I do normal stuff because he doesn’t think launch days are exciting so I have to fit in housework and cooking! Carol E. Wyer
Thanks so much for sharing. Have you had anything published? How did you celebrate?