Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pub Party!

Had the big pub party for Thai Die last night. I was so nervous about it! Instead of at a bookstore, it was held at a bed and breakfast down in St. Peter, about sixty miles from Excelsior – and from Minneapolis, my home town. Several chapters of the book at set at that bed and breakfast, the March Hare. It was put together by the March Hare, which had not done a pub party before, and by The Tangled Skein, a yarn shop which also had not held one before. I had an uncomfortable feeling this could end up with me, the two owners of the shop, and the owner and chef of the B&B talking to the two people who came and trying to eat a whole lot of food.

Instead there was a really big turnout. People came from all over the area. They listened while I read excerpts from the book then went to watch Lisa and her mom take turns spinning angora yarn right off a huge angora bunny name Blanche (if you read the book, you’ll see why they were there). Even the bunny had a good time.

And I signed a whole lot of books.

Now I have it all to do again, in more traditional fashion, tomorrow night at Once Upon A Crime Mystery Bookstore, and also in Excelsior, and in White Bear Lake, and at Uncle Edgar’s Mystery Bookstore and so on and so on. But we’re off to a fantastic start.

Blackwork is essentially finished, just a few little tweaks to go.
And I’ve begun the serious plotting of Buttons and Bones. I realized about a week ago that while I had a pretty good idea for it, the plot was so thin it might make a better short story. I whined about that at a dinner with some friends and that set off a brainstorm session that quickly turned out a much more complicated plot. I am rich in good friends.

Life is sweet.

7 comments:

Deb Baker said...

Good for you! You deserve much success.

Kathryn Lilley said...

What a great pub party! So wonderful to have it put on by people at the actual of the book. Way to go!!

Terri Thayer said...

Sounds like a great time! Good for you.

Betty Hechtman said...

What a great beginning. I'm sure the rest of your signings will go as well or better.

Camille Minichino said...

As much as I love bookstores and libraries, I usually have more fun and more sales at other places. My very first signing was in the local deli ...

Linda O. Johnston said...

What a wonderful party! Congrats, and many more sales!
--Linda

ellen said...

And to make it even better - Saint Peter is in the Valley of the Jolly Green Giant. Myth and Mystery, separated at birth, together again!