Today, I've been trying to go easy on myself. The last few days--weeks, actually--have been hectic, and after several days of stress, I tend to get migraines. When I woke up with the start of one this morning, I found myself extremely glad I had nothing big that had to be done today. I got the day off! Yay! (This is me ignoring all writing and editing projects and pretending they don't exist for a day.)
But I have to brag for just a little minute. I have perhaps the most incredible family and groups of friends in the world. Yes, that's right, the world. If you'd seen the turnout to last night's launch party, you'd know what I'm talking about. The manager at Barnes and Noble was more than flustered, she was flabbergasted at the sheer number of people who showed up to our launch--and stayed. Even the checkers were shocked at how many of our books went through that store.
Hooray! Not only did we sell them out of all their stock of Mormon Mishaps and Mischief, we sold 40 out of a box of 50 more books that we'd brought with us. (Barnes and Noble is reordering to replace our stash so they can be invoiced from our publisher.)
AND on top of that, since we invited our contributors to sign with us, some of them also sold a few of their in-stock books.
So, if you're wondering, yes, the launch party was a huge success. I'm only hoping now that we can sell even half that many at our signing at Barnes and Noble in the Gateway mall in SLC on Saturday (11a-1:00p). That would make me really happy. Everyone cross your fingers, okay? Because it's supposed to snow and we don't need that at all.
Anyway, I'm very happy about how everything went, and will post pictures tomorrow or next week sometime. (Since I don't have my camera nearby and am being too lazy to go get it right now.)
I've been trying to keep all my readers up to date on all the awesome giveaways and fun prizes available to win this month, so here are a few updates:
1. Rachelle Christensen is giving away a gorgeous bracelet watch by The Bead Princess. Click here to see the details and enter to win. I LOVE these watches. They're one of my favorite accessories. As I mentioned in my comment to Rachelle, it's nearly impossible to choose just one.
2. Mary Greathouse is holding a giveaway for her new release, The Family Record Keeper on her blog. Click here to enter that contest and find out more about the book
3. LDS Women's Book Review is giving away a whole list of cool things. If you'd like to find out more, click here. Just a hint: Mormon Mishaps and Mischief is on the list of giveaways.
4. Queen of the Clan is giving away a copy of Missing by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen. I reviewed this book a few days ago, so now those of you who are interested should go sign up to win a free copy. Click here for that contest.
That's all for now. Next time, I promise to include pictures.
Just discovered a WAY AWESOME giveaway here. Shannon Messenger is giving away a SIGNED COPY OF TWILIGHT. Yep, that's right. Awesome, epic giveaway. Totally fun.
And I almost forgot to mention the giveaway here on my blog of the Original Scrapbox. We're so close to hitting that goal. Make sure to click on this link. Every click counts toward a donation to charity.
Back to your regularly scheduled blog reading now.