Well, I did it! Yesterday was my book release party. I was pretty nervous leading up to it mainly because I wanted to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible.
I made myself not leave home to early but we arrived at the mall with plenty of time to stop in the store first to see the lovely book display that was up before getting some lunch in the food court and watching all the people waiting in line for the iPad. Ok, I played with one. It is pretty neat, especially the Book feature (really kicks Kindle’s butt from my short view of it) but at a $500 price tag without a stylus or a keyboard? Well, I’ll stick to my tiny screen iTouch thank you.
But, I digress.
I thought the reading might be upstairs so I sent K to the car to get some items I needed and I went upstairs. I didn’t find a reading but I ran into Bill Losse, husband of Helen Losse of the The Dead Mule! They drove close to two hours to come and hang out. Poets are so awesome! And Poet husbands
I found my table right by one of the doors to the store and then I went to check on the cookies I’d ordered as well as any procedural things I needed to do with the store. They made it very simple and five minutes before one they announced the event and then brought me the mic which I then promptly handled over to Jennifer Bower who, having been a part of one of the twitter zines with Folded Word, was nice enough to introduce me. Thanks again Jennifer you did a great job!
I had used some tabs in my book to give me poems to possibly read but I wanted to play it by ear depending on the audience. I knew everyone in the audience except one person who just sat down to listen when she heard the announcement. There was also a young man there who didn’t say anything so I’m not sure if he was there for the poetry or was just hoping we’d hurry up so he could get at the cookies.
After reading a selection of poems (vids on my YouTube channel and I’ll post them on Video Tuesday) I did a Q & A session. I think it went very well and I was just thrilled with the people who took the time to show up and the wonderful job that Joseph Beth did with the event. I even signed some store copies for them so I am officially on the bookshelves in a store for sure now!
Next Saturday I’ll be reading at the Morganton Public Library as part of their poetry day event, but right now back to reality and another poem I pulled from the retired pile. Can I save it? Thanks again for all of your support my dear readers! More pics on Facebook.
–I think I managed to salvage this poem! Thanks for your suggestions guys!