The Fun Part is Finally Here

Now that editing, formatting, and the holidays are winding down I can start focusing on my favorite part of publishing, the launch party! I love planning parties and hosting events, but like everything I’ve encountering during this book writing process, there are challenges. Thankfully I have plenty of resources at my fingertips and turns out you can have your launch party anyway want it. It’s like the Burger King of the publishing world, at least that’s how I see it.

Now you’re probably wondering how this is all going to come together? If you guessed that I have everything all lined out, organized, and planned down to the minute, I’m sorry to disappoint you. I am however going to make the most out of my small budget and with the help of my friends and family I’m going to send Ouji off right.

I don’t have any words of wisdom to pass along right now, perhaps later, but I will share this: if you’re on a tight budget, shop, shop, shop around! I’m hosting my party at my local library, for free, through a program they have. Call your library or bookstore, I’ve read that these locations are good for hosting book events. I’m also taking advantage of local stores and discount online services. Did you know that you can print posters at your local Walgreens for a good price? And Vistaprint, if you haven’t heard about Vistaprint, please go to the link below and introduce yourself. They have amazing deals on cheap goods, like business cards, promotional items, and more. These are just a few of the things I’ve run across so far, but it pays to do your research when planning your book launch party.


Here is a short list of some pretty awesome sites I’ve come across so far:


How to Organize a Book Launch Party by Candy Gourlay

And I still need to watch this one, but I love the free Webinars Kelsye Nelson post

How to throw an Amazing DIY Book Release Party


From the Mind #1 – Chasm

There are women with children, young people and old, people in suits, and people in uniforms all gathered in this place. Families of four, families of ten, there are so many people here I can’t even count. On both sides they’re gathered, standing, looking over the edge. It’s so deep and black. It’s not like a trench in the ocean or a canyon in the desert. It’s fate, its change, the destruction of your comfort zone. It’s dark and intimidating, stretching for miles. It divides A and B, but neither are the goals, because the only way forward is down and down is scary. Down is unknown, uncertain, and unpredictable. Down is the valley of darkness where hope is tested. Down is every fear, every tear, every setback, but down is ten times, no twenty times better than here. It’s a one in a million shot dead in the dark for every dream, hope, and aspiration you want. Down is both success and failure, where a leap could put you farther or sink you deeper.

But she just jumped.

That single mother with her children, three strapped to her back. She jumped with no guarantee of her future. Then a child all alone, he jumped too, arms open into the blackness, followed by six suited dudes.

What the heck? How can they be so sure? How can they know what they know when there is so much unknown? Then I realized my legs were moving, carrying me to the edge, reluctantly to show me in the foggy darkness of my fear a dim orange light, like a call box on the street. There’s a dim orange light. I squint and what do my eyes see? At the bottom, there’s a bridge to not A or B and it feels so much better. It feels like air from the air conditioner, refreshing and cool like the springs of my childhood. This feeling is hope, tiny but thriving. It is the lighthouse or siren, fifty/fifty, but it’s ten times, no twenty times better than here. Better than the dead arid desert, the hopelessness in your life, the stagnation of your progress, and depression of your future. Raw in the mines is the hope of something better. Deep on the floor of every fear you’ve ever dreamt of. Now you have a choice. Jump or stand still, because they aren’t going to push you, only you can make the commitment, only you can make the decision.

Closing Thoughts on Nano and Updates


Yes, let me reiterate, this is not an abandoned blog. I’ve just been really busy working on finishing up OtCC, but I hope everyone had an awesome NaNoWriMo, whether you finished or not, the most important part is that you tried. This year I did not participate like I wanted, but served as a cheerful cheerleader to my fellow WriMos. It warms my heart to see so many people writing and I hope those who participated enjoying the challenge.

What’s next?

That’s a good question. Despite where your draft is, this is not the end. If your draft is incomplete I encourage you to finish. Set up a schedule just like you did during NaNo. Remember, NaNoWriMo can be any month, so treat yourself to finishing up that draft. For those who finished their draft this November, please check out the NaNoWriMo site for finisher promotions, there are lots of goodies there. Don’t forget about the online shop as well, proceeds go to helping NaNo fund their many fun activities. If publishing is in your future, I recommend taking a short break, then tackling your draft with fresh eyes. This will make the editing process much easier.

Whatever your path, keep writing!

I’ll be publishing my NaNoWriMo novel this February! The project is two years in the making, so there is plenty of hope for you!