Swoon Author Jen Wilde: A Launch Fit for a Queen
Last week, after a brief interruption from snowstorm Stella, the launch party for Queens of Geek was held at Kinokuniya Books in New York City.
Even with the freezing temperatures, slushy snow piling up on the footpaths and a slight change in schedule, to my pleasant surprise, people still turned out to hear me talk and get a signed copy of my book.
I waited for the day to arrive for weeks. I ordered special buttons to give out and picked a scene from the book to read. My stomach flipped and flopped and stirred with excited butterflies and nervous jitters. When the day finally arrived, I walked nervously down 6th Avenue to the store, taking deep breaths and hoping the weather wouldn't deter too many people.
It started to get real when I reached the door to Kinokuniya and saw a sign inside advertising the launch (which the lovely store manager kindly let me keep!). My excitement hit another level when I entered the signing area and saw a wall of Queens of Geek copies, so pink and bright and beautiful. I couldn't take the smile off my face.
People started arriving as I sat at the signing table. Family who flew all the way to NYC to support me. Swoon staff who braved the cold to help me celebrate. And of course, the amazing readers who came to meet me and buy my book.
That's what I'll remember most, I think. Not the nerves I breathed through in the weeks and hours and minutes leading up to the launch. Not the blizzard that swamped the city. Those teens who came to tell me how much Queens of Geek means to them, who couldn't stop smiling when I gave them buttons and a signed book. Who were so nervous to meet me that they lingered at the back, trying to talk themselves into saying hello. All my own nerves and anxiety vanished when I spoke to them, because they are who I write for. They're why I write the stories that I do.
I've never felt so proud and humbled in my life. And just like I said in my last post, I really surprised myself. Not only did I make it through the launch without too much anxiety, I actually had an amazing night and I can't wait to do it again.
Even a blizzard couldn't stop the fun!