Thursday, October 18, 2012

Launch Week Photos!

Wow--has it REALLY been more than 2 weeks since KEEPER released? Where does the time go????

Okay, well, so this post is RIDICULOUSLY overdue but... hey, better late than never, right?

First up--the So Cal Launch Party!!!!


I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the turnout. This is really only about 1/2 the crowd--there were so many people! It was SO HARD not to cry! Especially since there were so many kids. Here's a group shot of just a few of them:


I'd done three school presentations earlier that day--and miraculously some of them came. Plus a bunch of local writer friends brought their kids.

AND an amazing teacher I'd met at the SCIBA events I've done came and brought a bunch of her students--many of whom had already read (and loved) KEEPER. They were pretty much the cutest things ever. Here's one of my favorite pictures, from before the event even started, when they surrounded my table to ask me questions. LOVE.


I tell you, getting to talk to kid readers makes all the stress and deadlines and exhausting travel soooooo worth it. It's hands down the best part of my job!

And I have to take a minute and give a HUGE shout out to the amazing ladies at the B&N where I did the launch. Not only did they run an AMAZING event, but they went so above and beyond! They'd made a special "Lost Cities" cafe menu:



And one had even come in costume, in a cape and gown like the Foxfire Mentors wear (she'd even changed her name tag to say Lady Barbara. I TOTALLY geeked out when I saw it)

(She's the one on the right. And on the left is a peek at the signing line. My hand actually got tired--best problem to have, EVER!) :)

From there I headed to Arizona, where I got to visit three amazing schools and um... scare them all with print-outs of some of the revision letters my agent sent me to get KEEPER ready to be shopped:

 (this is the one I call the "Email of Doom")

And listen to an AWESOME teacher who'd read the entire ARC of KEEPER to his class read my favorite scene (He gave Keefe an Irish accent--it was pretty much the greatest thing EVER. I so want to to make Keefe Irish now!) :)


And... as if all of that weren't enough to put me into awesome overload, I also got to fulfill a longtime dream and do a signing and event at Changing Hands. 


Not only is that store a big part of the reason KEEPER exists, BUT, I got to be introduced by Faith (aka: The Book Babe), who I am honored to now call my friend after she has inspired me so many ways


It's a MIRACLE I made it through without crying--and I almost lost it at one point, but found a way to rally though.

I could keep going. I have so many amazing pictures and memories of all the incredible people I met--some of whom I *know* because of this blog or twitter, some of whom I met for the first time. But this post is getting pretty long, so I'll stop for now and end with one more big, sparkly...

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To everyone who came to these events and supported me and KEEPER. (and to ALL of you who've bought it--or are planning to buy it or thinking about buying it or will tell your friends to buy it or might check it out from the library)

Launching a book is a very humbling and exciting thing, but it doesn't work very well if no one supports it. So THANK YOU SO MUCH. You all truly made launch week a dream come true!

28 comments:

  1. Awwww - that's awesome, Shannon. A HUGE congrats to you!

    My copy of KEEPER finally came (why, yes, I AM pretty much late to everything nowadays!). I'll have to fight my daughters for it!

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    1. Awwww, YAY! I hope you enjoy!!! Thank you so much!

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  2. So cool! Thanks for sharing the great pics. CONGRATS to you!!

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  3. Thanks for sharing your awesome pictures. So glad you had a great release day!

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  4. And you got a blue elephant to share the table with you! LOL!

    Awwww huge huge congratulations Shannon!!!

    Take care
    x

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  5. WOW! Amazing. I'm SO happy for you. A dream come true. I feel excited just by association. Thanks for sharing your experience and the photos. It was fun. Now all you have to do is write the next book, right? Enjoy your turn to feel all the success that's coming your way. Sheesh, I feel like I'm writing a yearbook entry. Anyway, Congrats again!

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  6. I just started Keeper last night. Loving it so far!

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  7. I got a little teary just seeing the pics.ha Don't know how you managed it! So happy for you!!!!

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  8. Aw, these photos are so sweet! What a special day. It makes me emotional for you :)

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  9. Awww. That's so cool. Congratulations on such an exciting launch!

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  10. This is soooo absolutely wonderful!!!

    Just a little story: I mentioned somewhere (here or facebook?) that I had gushed about the book to my Mommy-Buddies at the park after school. One 10-year-old girl asked more about it and carefully wrote down the title and author name. Two days ago she came up to me and told me that her aunt had gotten some Amazon gift cards and told this girl and her siblings that they could each pick a book as a gift. She told me with shining eyes that she had asked for 'Keeper'.

    "It will be here in three days!" she shouted as she jumped up and down.

    It was awesome to see! And I know she won't be disappointed.

    Another friend read my post on Facebook about the book and downloaded it. Her 12-year-old daughter is a reluctant reader and she hoped she would sit down with it. Not yet. However she finished it yesterday morning and told me last night how much she enjoyed it. She said she can't wait for the sequel!

    Just had to tell you that my little circle of folks in Little Rock, Arkansas is loving what you do!

    Cheers!

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    1. Okay wow--this totally made me tear up. Thank you so much for the amazing support and for helping spread the word about KEEPER. It's amazing how much things like that help a debut get off the ground. THANK YOU!

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  11. That is SO cool!! Love the menu!!! Love the pics. What an amazing experience. CONGRATS!

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  12. I'm just so happy for you. No, really I am. You deserve this experience so so much.

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  13. <3! Your book is fantastic, Shannon! I'm so glad we were able to be there. (And I plugged your book to the librarian at a school visit I just went to.) :-)

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    1. I'm so glad you were there too! (And wow, thank you so much for the plug. Your amazingness never ends, does it???) :)

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  14. This is wonderful and inspiring. Congratulations!

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  15. You're such a dynamo, Shannon! Thrilled for you!

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  16. Wow amazing pics! I love that email of doom. It's not often writers are transparent about their re-writing. What a reality check!

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  17. The signed copies (3, count them 3!!!) of Keeper of the Lost Cities arrived yesterday!!! So wonderful. My nieces will be thrilled. And yes, I'm keeping one for me. ;-)

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  18. My pretty copy arrived this week and I hope to start reading it this weekend!! :)

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  19. Congrats!!! This is so awesome. I love how many people showed up. ;0)

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  20. Aww. Love this! P.S. Found two copies of KEEPER in my bookstore. You beter believe I freaked out.

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  21. How fun!! I wish I closer to make it out to see you!! I'm so happy for you!

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  22. Congratulations for reaching this milestone. This is super cool.

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  23. WOW! This all looks so amazing! I am so happy for you! Wish I lived closer so that I could have attended. If you get to the CT area- I will do my best to show up at an event. :)
    ~Jess

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  24. Wow, just all kinds of **love** for these pictures and your experiences, Shannon!!!

    An Irish accent - swoon!!!

    A Lost Cities Cafe Menu - WOWZA!!!

    So thrilled for you, my dear friend!!!

    xoxo,
    Kimberley

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  25. Well now, I just can't stop smiling for you! Very cool looking week, I must say!

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