Guest Blog by Casey W. Robinson
I had the pleasure of meeting Casey at the NE-SCBWI conference as she was preparing for the release of her debut picture book, Iver & Ellsworth (Ripple Grove Press, 2018). Since then I’ve been to her launch and watched the buzz of her picture book grow. We are thrilled to have Casey join us to share the lessons she learned as she introduced her debut book to the world.
My debut picture book, Iver & Ellsworth (Ripple Grove Press), came out in May and I held two debut events to celebrate: a morning reading at the Harvard Coop Bookstore in Cambridge, MA followed by an afternoon book launch party at the Silver Unicorn Bookstore in Acton, MA.
As exhilarating as it was to celebrate, I found the process of planning and anticipating these events to be a little daunting! For those of you who are looking forward to, or are in the midst of, planning your debut launch, I share some lessons learned.
I’M GLAD I …
I WISH I HAD …
When it was all over, I asked my daughters to tell me their favorite part of the weekend. I expected them to say “Cookies!” They said it was seeing me so happy. “You had your really big smile on all day long, mom.”
Don’t forget your book, your story, your day will also be special and significant to others who get to be a part of it. Whatever the format, whatever the size, mark this moment in time and celebrate together. HAVE FUN. You only get one debut!
To learn more about Casey please visit her at www.caseywrobinson.com. To order a copy of Iver & Ellsworth go to www.indiebound.org/book/9780999024911.
Thanks for joining us Casey!
Mary Wagley Copp
10/15/2018 06:51:39 pm
This is a wonderful post and so helpful to all of us looking forward to a launch. Thanks Casey and 24 Carrot Writing for sharing. And what a wonderful observation from your daughters!
10/18/2018 08:24:56 pm
Thank you, Casey, for these tips. Your launch at the Silver Unicorn was awesome--packed with happy people so thrilled to support you, and you had an amazing crowd of children eager to hear you share your beautiful book.
10/18/2018 08:36:40 pm
This is so helpful to hear! Thanks so much for sharing and congratulations on your debut! :)
10/30/2018 09:31:02 am
This is a great post! Thank you for sharing.
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