Launch Week(s) Recap
|Cake for the launch party Racing bib design by Renee Combs|
Lots of people, it turns out! Though I couldn't deliver fireworks or even hum the national anthem, we had great turnout!
I talked about how writing this book was so different from writing TOKYO HEIST, and what inspired it. I read for a bit, and answered some really excellent audience questions. Then I got to sign copies and eat some of that fabulous cake pictured above!
Here are some other pictures from the party:
|With my street team: authors A.C. Gaughen, Erin Cashman, Kerri Majors, and Gina Rosati!|
|Me, with the fun racing bib designed by Renee Combs--finally 070314 is a reality!|
|Local cycling celebs: a former pro cyclist (on left) and the founder of VeloVelo (right)|
After the launch party, my family and I went to Seattle, my hometown, where I did two events: one at Seattle Mystery Bookshop, my favorite mystery-themed bookstore EVER. I spent some time hanging out with Amber, the amazing children's bookbuyer there, who made sure I left with an armload of reading material for my vacation! (Seriously, Amber is one of the most well-read people I've ever met, and you absolutely must check out her Agatha Christie blog, My 52 Weeks with Christie--she's reading one Christie novel a week!) The other event was at Third Place Books, and my parents were in attendance! I had a lot of fun meeting mystery fans and cycling fans at both stores!
|Me with Amber, children's bookbuyer extraordinaire!|
|Cannon Beach, Oregon. Paradise!|
While on vacation, two rather amazing things happened, proving my theory that if you want good things to happen, get out of town -- ideally to somewhere with weak wifi! (And then when you get good news, it will be EXTRA exciting!) First, an essay of mine got published on the Huffington Post. It's one I'm particularly proud of, about gun violence in YA fiction. You can read it here.
Then I learned that LATITUDE ZERO is a Junior Library Guild Selection!!! This is astounding news, worthy of even more exclamation points than I just gave it. I've seen the Junior Library Guild distinction printed on many covers of books I admire, but didn't fully understand what it meant until I looked at their website. Basically, a committee chooses a select number of children's titles two seasons each year and licenses hardcover rights for their book club. These titles are then available to thousands of libraries nationwide. It's a big honor, and I'm so thrilled and so grateful that this book may find a wider audience of young readers as a result.
A big thank-you to everyone who has supported the LATITUDE ZERO journey thus far, whether it's by attending an event, buying the book, getting it from the library (or requesting it), spreading the word, following my online blog tour, or expressing interest in the book in any way! Everything that readers do helps nudge the book a little farther out into the world!
Labels: Cannon Beach, gun violence in YA fiction, Huffington Post, Junior Library Guild, Junior Library Guild Selection, Latitude Zero, Latitude Zero launch party, Seattle Mystery Bookshop, Third Place Books