As a fairly new publishing company… well, we just had our first ever book launch at Broadway Books here in Portland, Oregon. OMGosh! We had a blast.
First of all, one of the bookstore owners, Roberta, gave a stellar introduction. She had us laughing before Jody ever got up there. It’s amazing what a good introduction will do to set the tone of an event. Roberta also set up the displays and they looked very nice. We all felt honored by her care and professionalism. This is the glory of independent bookstores – homey, individual attention, great and easy to browse selections, and feeling important throughout the book browsing/buying experience. This is what independent bookstores excel at.
Anyway, author-Jody took the stage and then the whole audience went on a glorious ride. Whew, I have been bucked off a horse before, but I wasn’t prepared for this. My horse has taken off running for the horizon with me still on its back and we jumped logs and bounced around trails, but I’ve never had a ride quite like Jody took me on. I guffawed, I cried, I chortled and giggled and crowed and snickered and whooped (while taking a sip of bubbly water, which I sprayed on my very tolerant partner, Scott). Jody is always entertaining, but when reading her own words, my gosh, it is really something to hear.
We ate cake. Did I tell you the cake had a cowgirl roping the cover of the book? That’s right, Roberta used the bakery across the street from her bookstore to make the cake (Mango poppy seed, in case you are wondering) and they somehow printed the book cover in frosting. Wow. There was wine and bubbly water to drink, which we needed after all that laughing.
The audience milled around the store after Jody’s reading. They picked up books and read back covers and exclaimed over favorites. Books were sold. Jody signed them. Everyone was talking and exciting. I handed out cake while Scott poured the drinks and Roberta helped customers. We chatted about books and publishing and boy-o-boy did we talk about Jody Seay.
As far as first book launches go, I’ve got to say, this was one for the records. Thank you, Roberta, for everything. Thanks, Jody, for your big heart, honest writing, and funny-funny wit. Thanks everyone who came out to participate in the exciting evening – you made it a night to remember.
P.S. If you haven’t picked up a copy, you can still buy Jody’s book, Dead in a Ditch, at Broadway Books. The address is below.
Open 7 days a week!
1714 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232