Monday, August 8, 2011

My first step into the unknown

When my book first came to me I was so excited about being able to hold it that I didn't notice all of the errors with the text. I sold the first run of the books with errors as limited editions. There were 52 of them. I sold them mostly to family and people that I worked with. They all sold in just a couple of days. I was excited that they sold so easily but I was embarrassed of how it looked. My editor was a friend of mine with a bachelors in English and she missed a lot of things. So I went through the book myself, and had another editor friend go through it too. The revision process took 6 months but the book looks so much better now.
When it was all finished, I set up a premiere book signing party. I invited all of my facebook friends, co-workers, and everyone of my relatives to the party. Then I booked a DJ, got desserts, and drinks and then went to the local copy store to have fliers made to invite the entire neighborhood. I put one on the front door of everyones house. I decided that if I was going to do a launch party that I would do a big one.
The party was set for the first week in June and it had been unusually rainy. I was worried that the party was going to get rained out because it was going to be outside in my yard. The day finally came and it actually was a great party. I had around 200 people show up and I sold around 100 books which kept me busy signing books for 4 hours straight. I kept talking with everyone while I signed. It was alot of fun. I had absolutely no idea what to expect, how many people would show up, I was nervous to put myself out there to all of my friends, family, co-workers and neighbors but I love my book and wanted to share it with others. I believe if you don't take the risk then you'll never get the reward. So I just went ahead and completely put myself out there and I think the premiere party was a big success.

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