The Naked Launch

Got your attention, right?  For the record, no part of my book launch involved naked people in any way.  In fact, my actual launch day was pretty low-key.  My cousin met me at a Barnes & Noble so we could stalk my book in the wild (and also drink coffee/chai and talk to each other without children around).  Unfortunately, they hadn’t unpacked the box yet, so we didn’t get to stalk effectively.  Still, it was cool that they brought one out from the back.

Then the pics started coming in from around the country.  My friends and family were spotting Ask Again Later in bookstores all over.  Best of all, nearly everyone was reporting buying the last copy!  How crazy is that?!  Now, of course there is a possibility these stores only had a couple of copies, but still.  It feels good to be on re-order, baby!


The day after the official debut, I went back to Barnes & Noble for my usual writers’ group meeting.  We get together to do writing sprints and help each other with brainstorming, plot dilemmas, and just plain moral support.  When I arrived that day, my writing crew had gone all out!  There were balloons, flowers, desserts, and even a tiara!

It was so sweet!  I felt like queen for a day!  And yes, I kept the tiara on the entire time.  I will literally never pass up a chance to wear a tiara.

Which brings me to my launch party.

A while ago I hatched a crazy plan.  I knew I could have a bookstore event for my launch party, but I seriously struggle with asking people to come out just for me.  I know, that’s probably super nutty considering my entire job is to hope strangers want to buy something I made, but it’s true.  So, I wanted to think of a way that I could have a launch and make it about more than just me.

You’ve probably gathered by now that my book might have a little something to do with prom.  And since having a book published is pretty much the biggest dream come true I can imagine, I thought it would be cool to help other people’s dreams come true.  I decided to run a Dress Drive for The Cinderella Project.  And once I found out there was a local chapter in Milwaukee, I knew it was meant to be.

A lot of people helped me out with creating this event, and I want to thank them publicly.

  1. Melissa and Lizette from The Cinderella Project, who were enthusiastic about my plan from the beginning.
  2. Marla and Pam from Manpower, who generously allowed me to use their beautiful reception area to hold the event.
  3. Nick Koleas from, who donated his time and talent to making the event over the top fun.  Seriously, you guys, his set-up is gorgeous and he played just the right mix all night to keep people upbeat.
  4. Kristin and Zach Karpinski, who set up their Photo Booth so guests could get up to foolishness on film
  5. Steve Weigl, who was my roving photographer and captured the whole evening in gorgeous photographs
  6. Boswell Books, who came to the off-site event and sold the heck out of my book! I signed 80 copies that night!!

Of course, I also want to thank everyone who came out to celebrate with me.  Writing is by its nature and isolated occupation.  It’s easy to forget that there are so many people who are excited for you and want to party!  I was overwhelmed by the turnout.

Not only did my guests buy Boswell completely out of books, they opened their closets and their hearts, bringing in more than 30 formal dresses to the Cinderella Project and donating $150 to help the project with cleaning and storage costs.

Thank you all so much for making this launch a huge success!  I hope you had as much fun as I did!

I have a Flickr Set with all the pictures from the night here.  Here are a few pics to get you started…

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