Yesterday was the launch party for Inaccurate Realities #1: Fear, a YA speculative fiction collection which includes my short story "Model Citizen." This was particularly neat for me, because it was a soft-landing entry into the world of book events - I didn't have to do any of the work, but I still got to show up and sign things. :)
It was a really great event, and kudos to editor Christa Seeley and assistant editors Andrea Modolo and Sara Eagleson for putting it all together. I learned a few to-do things from them, and a few not-to-dos from myself.
Here are some of the notes-to-self I've made for next time. First, from the things I could have done better:
- Practice signing your name beforehand.
(Seriously. That chicken scratch was just ridiculous.)
- Bring a pen.
(How did I not think of this? Luckily Steve had some at the ready.)
- Be on time.
(Although I was mostly delayed by the arrival of a stray cat I'd been waiting to feed, so I can't say that I wouldn't be late for the same reason again.)
- Talk to more of the people you don't already know.
(I saw author Megan Crewe, but failed to go up and start a conversation. I didn't even realize Leah Bobet was there until I saw it on Twitter after the fact, even though I pointed Above out to a friend. I'm a goof.)
- Pick a cool location. The IR launch was held at Bakka Phoenix Books, a great sci-fi and fantasy focused store in Toronto.
- Recruit family and friends to help.
- Have many delicious cupcakes on hand.
And some of the awesome things the IR team did:
Thanks to Steve for coming and taking all of the photos below, and a special thanks to Mike Jordan for coming all the way from Mississauga!
|Stumped by which page I should sign...|
|Amused by my inability to sign my name legibly.|
|Posing with the awesome editorial team - Sara Eagleson, |
Andrea Modolo, and Christa Seeley.
|The main attraction! (the multi-talented Sara Eagleson|
also designed that fabulous cover)
|Delicious cupcakes, with chocolate letters for decoration.|
(I may have had two)
|Me, all giddy and dorky |
(sugar high from the cupcakes, no doubt).
If you'd like to get a copy of the magazine you can order a digital or paperback copy through one of the many options listed here: http://inaccuraterealities.com/2013/10/22/fear-is-here/
And if you're wondering, my shirt says "Armed with overconfidence and small screwdriver". It's a Doctor Who thing.
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