Thursday, October 2, 2014

After the party's over ...




Well, this week I am resting up after the fun and excitement of the book launch party for The Wolfe Widow, the third in the book collector mysteries that I write with my daughter.  I really wished that you all could have been there.  Some of you California and Ohio and Indiana folks did mention how the odd thousand miles or so journey might not work out this week.  I’m sure I shouted back, “But there will be chocolates!  And nachos! And chicken wings … And Peachy the Pug (aka Walter)  in her tutu!”   





  Never mind! It was great to welcome to our new book alongside Book Fair and Foul, my very good friend(and former business partner)  Erika Chase’s fourth book. Here's the poster that Victoria did up:


 I often wonder if we should keep on having launch parties. It’s a lot of work with the planning, finding a venue, deciding on refreshments and making invitations and posters.

But after all, it was my sixteenth book. Or maybe that is only book 14 ½ as I am only half of Victoria Abbott.  Math might not be my best thing.  But never mind that, I was also celebrating the fact that fifteen years ago, my first book, Speak Ill of the Dead: a Camilla MacPhee mystery, was released and I thought I would die from excitement.

              

 Now I had to ask myself, once again, if there might not be a limited number of times you could drag your friends out to buy your latest book.  In the end, I always go with it.  A book takes close to a year to write, involves many ideas, takes much staring at the computer screen, plus pacing in the office and possibly a bit of nail-biting.  A new book has to be celebrated!  That’s why I always attend the launches for my friends’ books too. 

 Victoria,  Erika and I had a great time.  We were glad to see familiar faces and new ones.  Writing can be such a solitary experience, even when you write together as Victoria and I do.  Or even if you spend quite a bit of time together as Erika and I do.  Looking around the room we saw many friends who are involved in the book business: librarians, booksellers, publishers’ representatives and other writers, published and not published, but mostly we saw readers. It is always a thrill for us to connect and reconnect with readers. It is very gratifying and even emotional to see people who love books and think they are worth leaving the house for. That’s why we do this: to tell the best stories we can in the best way we can to people who love to read them.  Our readers are very important to us.

Let me also say, a book launch party is also a great reason to get out of the slouchy writing gear (too often involves pajamas and slippers) and put our best foot forward. 

We were lucky to have our friend Cathy (a bookseller) as emcee.  She kept things moving and ensured the mood stayed high. Those rowdies in the back of the room (many of them librarians) behaved! That's Cathy on the left, Erika with the mic, me and Victoria next. Our friend Terri T. is in the background.


Now the party’s over and it’s time to buckle down and finish up the fourth Book Collector mystery, The Marsh Madness.  As many of you know that involves reading the fabulous stack of Ngaio Marsh books that my friend Nancy Reid (a regular reader here too!) gave me.  
    
 So here are some questions for you: do you ever go to book events: Launch parties? Readings? Conferences?  Bookstore events? Library happenings? If so, what do you like about them?

 And here’s the most important question: if you had been at ours, would there have been any chocolate left?  Tell the truth! 


13 comments:

Gram said...

Sounds like you had fun! I don't go to book events because they are usually held in a big city nearby and I do not like going in. :-(

Sherry in Carrollton, TX said...

I love going to book signings! See g the person who has given me hours of
pleasure is fun and I want them to know they are appreciated. Plus, I can personally tell
them to "write faster!"

mary kennedy said...

It sounds fantastic, I wish I could have been there. A great launch!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I understand that, Gram! We now live in a village a half-hour from the city and we only go when we have to. We held this in our village - a three minute drive from the house. We could have walked but we were carrying stuff!

Hugs.

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I am sure that the authors are thrilled that you come to see them! It's also great to know that you are waiting for that next book. Someday, I hope to get back to Texas. Maybe in the winter?

Hugs,

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I wish you could have been there, Mary! One of these days, we'll meet in the middle.

XO

MJ

Sally R said...

I like to go to book signings at our local mystery book store, Murder by the Book (Houston). I find it fascinating listening to the authors talk of their research techniques to prepare the stories. Some are very academic, some are extremely funny. I tend to go home poorer in the pocket and richer in my soul.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks so much, Sally! I love the people at Murder by the Book and would love to shop there some day (or do an event).

I agree with you, it's better to be poorer in the pocket and richer in the soul!

XO

MJ

Grandma Cootie said...

First things first, nope, there would not have been any chocolate left.
I thought about it for years and finally decided to go for it and have just started attending events. I though it might be silly, but I probably have more to talk about with some other readers than some of my own family ha ha. Did one last year, fairly local library signing in about a week, and Bouchercon next month. Can't wait!

Mary Steinbrink said...

I would love to go to signings, but there seem to very few mystery events in my area. I even enjoy just finding my authors on FB because it's fun to a little "personal" connection with people who make my life a little more enjoyable! By the way, I just finished The Wolfe Widow and I LOVED it! I really like the characters and the humor. I can't wait for the next one!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Have fun! I still remember my first library event as a reader - I was overwhelmed, In a bookstore, the great Charlotte MacLeod came to our town and only two people showed up. I was one of them and thrilled because we could talk to her.

Hugs,

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks you so much, Mary! That is music to our ears (all six of them, if you count, Walter)

Hugs,

MJ

Karen B said...

No chocolate left, except for the piece in my purse.....