Way back in July I was arranging events to welcome Halloween Good Night into the world, but it didn't occur to me then that all the great plans I made meant I'd actually have to do things and go places. At 32 weeks pregnant, as a homeschooling mama of five, this doing and going get complicated.
Robinette's Apple Haus
But Saturday morning I packed up my supplies and headed to one of the most popular autumn destinations in the area, Robinette's Apple Haus. With trepidation I set up my book and a bowl of Halloween treats, and a stack of postcards and hoped against hope that at least one person would show up and be interested in the book.
I already knew at least one person was coming (Thanks Jen and Adam!), but what I couldn't expect was the incredible reunion - friends I haven't seen in almost thirty years, family, and more friends. I was busy catching up and chatting the whole two hours. I also loved the curious kids who tiptoed over to my table and snuck a candy. I'd always send them off with an extra treat like a postcard or coloring pages. And like the release party, the event sold out.
Grand Rapids Children's Museum
The next event, as special guest at Grand Rapids Children's Museum would prove just as fun but in different ways! This one was far more structured. Every half hour I read Halloween Good Night to whatever crowd had gathered, then chatted with parents, handed out coloring pages and treats, and enjoyed watching my own little ghouls explore the museum.
Five readings later I felt like I'd run a marathon! And to think, I have three events yet to go. Will I make it? Let's hope! Next up is Schuler Books in Grand Rapids, then Books & Mortar, and a just-before-Halloween party at Hopscotch Children's Store. Though I'm tired (already!), I can't wait to share more Halloween fun!
How *I* promoted my first book, which may not be how you (or anyone else) would promote anything, but just in case you're an author with a book releases looming and you're thinking, "What the heck do I do?" you can glean inspiration from me.
Saturday marked another release event for my first book, Halloween Good Night, and once again, we had amazing fun. Schuler Books in Grand Rapids set up everything from tables with crafts to treat bags to a cup of water for the visiting author (what, for me?!?).
I've been delighted by the sweet and adorable and creative artwork children have shared with me. So much so that I've added a gallery page! Find it under the Book & More tab above. Or enjoy a little preview...
Way back in July I was arranging events to welcome Halloween Good Night into the world, but it didn't occur to me then that all the great plans I made meant I'd actually have to do things and go places. At 32 weeks pregnant, as a homeschooling mama of five already, this doing and going get complicated.
My first book release included another first: the first piece of fan art I've received! After the reading and food and crafts, one sweet girl came to get her book signed, and to show me the ADORABLE picture she'd colored and decorated (one of the coloring pages available here). She agreed to allow me to share it (her mom, too), so here it is!
The release party for my first book happened just over a week ago now, and it was crazy! Crazy busy, crazy fun, crazy full of awesome people. A week (and a bit) later, I'm still glowing.
Here's the official full event list. Share it all. With ALL the people. I want to pack out every venue!
For Immediate Release (This is my press release!)
Counting With Globsters: Halloween Good Night is A Sweet and Not-So-Scary Educational Picture Book
July 25, 2017 Atheneum Books releases Halloween Good Night by Rebecca Grabill of Ada, Michigan
I was in a rush, running up north to pick up our farm share, running back to get dinner made before karate. And all day I'd been checking for updates on a delivery...
Today my happiness came in the form of an email from my editor at Atheneum Books. My first review for Halloween Good Night from Publishers' Weekly. Seriously?!? A starred review!