Last May 12th (Saturday), I had the great pleasure of attending yet another amazing book launch.
Debut YA Author Jennifer Bosworth celebrated the release of STRUCK, her first YA Dystopian novel. To celebrate, she invited about a hundred folks to the Last Bookstore in downtown L.A.
Jennifer was radiant as she stepped onto the podium to introduce herself and talk a little bit about how STRUCK came about.
She spoke of her journey to publication, and all the pitfalls she encountered before Struck was born. The audience laughed when she related the story of how her first novel was an 800 page epic fantasy where she put every single story idea she had. (I’m sure all writers can relate to this)
After her talk, Jennifer read from her book. We were surprised to discover that the scene, which was somewhere in the middle of the story, had originally been her Chapter One.
The biggest treat of the book launch was watching Jennifer’s book trailer, along with her comments and a scene from the book played out by some wonderful young actors.
The trailer was cinematic and so brilliantly made (thanks to Jennifer’s husband film maker Ryan). I loved it so much I wished it was a real, full length movie instead of a book trailer.
Jennifer came back on the podium after the trailer and answered questions from the audience. She ended her talk by thanking everyone who made the book possible–her final (and most heartwarming) thank you went out to her husband.
After giving Jennifer a well-deserved round of applause, we all filed toward the back of the bookstore to get our books signed.
When I first met Jennifer at the SCBWI-L.A. Westside Schmooze , STRUCK had just been picked up by a publisher and was scheduled for release. As I stood there waiting for my turn to get the book signed, I was amazed at how quickly the time flew–and now I was holding an actual copy of her book in my hands. It’s always a great feeling to witness the success of writer friends.
Jennifer gave us attendees some awesome treats. Aside from some free drinks, she also gave out some N’ice cream, with some custom STRUCK flavors. We got to pick whether we were Followers or Seekers.
Finally it was my turn to get my book signed. I congratulated Jenn on her book birthday and told her how awesome her book launch was.
She thanked me and my friends Lena and Maiko for attending the launch, and I moved ahead to let the people behind me get their books signed.
Maiko, Lena and I picked our ice cream and listened to the band Jennifer had asked to come play at her launch. We listened to their emergency songs (songs for before, during and after a quake!) while we enjoyed our ice cream.
It was an amazing book launch, and I had fun seeing another writer friend see success and enjoy the fruits of her labor.
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