Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Day After

The cutest agent, with the cutest editor, with the cutest bookstand EVER.
I may be biased, though.

So, yesterday was kind of a big day.

Flowers brought on the backs of winged gremlins straight from England, courtesy of Whirlochre. Closest I came to crying all day. Whirl's just mean like that.

But...guess what huge, unbelievable news I have today??

None.

Whew. Good thing, too. All that excitement is kind of exhausting. And when you start dreaming that you are at a signing and people ask you for book recommendations and you can't remember the names of any books you've ever read and you PANIC, well then, it's probably time to chill out.

Last night's signing was amazing. Such a great turnout, and Connie, the organizer for the Oceanside Barnes and Noble, is ridiculously wonderful. Just look at this:

With my gorgeous sisters-in-law, in front of my gorgeous display. Seriously, it was AMAZING.

In the next two-and-a-half hours, all those books except about a dozen would be gone.

There were already fights starting over that poster. Which I understand--dude, I want it.

Then, of course, there were all of the amazing people who came to the reading/signing. This is Jessica Love, a YA writer/teacher/pink-hair-stripe-rocking-hotty.

And finally, the woman who made the whole event: Connie. Who is amazing. Not pictured is Beth, a local teacher who brought in students and who said such amazingly nice things about Paranormalcy I might have to hire her to come to ALL of my signings and talk me up.

I was nervous to do a signing all by myself, since the only ones I've ever been to had at least two authors. Fortunately I am a very good talker (talktalktalktalktalk I like to talk), and managed to talk for a while, read a passage, and answer a few questions. I hope it was fun for people who came--I certainly had a wonderful time!

And what's interesting is that after signing just over 100 books, my hand didn't hurt--it was my back that was killing me! Still, definitely worth a little pain to get to sign books and talk to readers on my release day.

Today? Cupcakes, carne asada french fries, and the surprisingly wonderful relief of knowing that Paranormalcy isn't mine anymore.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

And this, my friends, is a very happy Kiersten.



Wish you had been there.

54 comments:

Kris said...

Congrats, Kiersten! It looks like you had an amazing event, and totally awesome launch!

I've got to check my mailbox to see if my copy is in there...

Ezmirelda said...

Congrats Keirsten! It must be fun signing your own books. Can't wait to get my own copy which is (hopefully) very soon. :)

Dara said...

I wish I had been there! BTW, I'm within like 50 pages of finishing. It was killing me to put it down to go to work. But I am going to finish it TONIGHT.

Vicki Rocho said...

Wow! Sounds like a great time!

Annie said...

SO cool. Congrats again, and high-five on the film rights being optioned. Paranormalcy is such a visual read I'd think it would translate well to film.
Welp, off to buy my sisters their bday presents.

*heads to B&N*
:D

Ivy Hawthorn said...

That's so awesome! I wish I was there! But unfortunately I live in MN where tours NEVER go! LOL Well I'm so happy for you and I wish you all the best of luck on your upcoming events/books! I'M even excited! :D

Elizabeth Flora Ross said...

What a fantastic day! I'm sure after all you have gone through to get to this point, it's going to take a while to really sink in that it has happened! Congratulations! I've really enjoyed following your journey - and will continue to!

Megs said...

So do I. Ah, but my turn will come. Too bad it won't be your first signing, but one of the first isn't bad, right? :) Glad it went so well!

Kristan said...

Truth: You may be biased, but they really do look cute! (I especially love what Erica has going on with the jewelry.)

Love the video, love the shelves (both before and after) and love love love love love the feeling I get when you share stuff like this so I can live vicariously through you. Hehehe.

Congratulations again, Kiersten. You are spectacular. :)

Andrea Cremer said...

Congrats, Kiersten!! :)

heidikins said...

I'm excited for your book signing in SLC! And I *love* that dress/belt combo--very classy.

xox

Mia said...

Congrats! That's crazy cool!

Bethany Mason said...

So jealous of everyone in America right now - I can't believe I have to wait (I so totally live in the wrong country!)

Sara B. Larson said...

Wow, what a great turnout for your launch party! How amazing. Congrats again. :)

Elana Johnson said...

Ahhhh! I so want to be there. But you're coming to Salt Lake, in like a week! Squeeee!!!

Stacy said...

I keep sneaking a chapter at a time at work. CAN'T PUT IT DOWN

Jessie Oliveros said...

I watched this with my son. He said "I laughed at it because it was real funny." I bet you weren't even trying to be funny. All those books sold? Amazing. But I'm not surprised. Enjoy your cupcake.

Tere Kirkland said...

Cute dress! No wonder your book signing was such a success, I mean look at you!

Seriously, though, that is awesome! Good luck on the rest of the book tour. You rule!

Graystone said...

Sounds like it was an amazing event. Glad you had lots of fun!

Katharine said...

Congratulations! So glad you enjoyed your big day! You soooo deserve it cos you're soooo awesome! I can't wait for my copy to come in the post! Love tasey! ;)

Xxxxx

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

It was SOOOOOOOOOO much fun last night. You were awesome. Funny and adorable and talked for just the right amount of time. Thank you for your book and for being all kinds of awesome! :)

Nicole Grotepas said...

Awesome signing! My stupid Barnes and Noble didn't have it yesterday. Can you believe that crap?

Ariana said...

Are you the cutest person in the world or what? I just picked up your book today and decided to visit your blog, and... wait, where did my afternoon go? Can't wait to finish Paranormalcy!!

Sara McClung ♥ said...

I heard such awesome things about your signing!

Wish I didn't live in stupid Virginia. Sigh.

LOVE the outfit you went with :)

Renee Collins said...

So fun!!! Geez! You must be somewhere far beyond Cloud 9 right now. :) Well, I'm glad you came back down to earth to post. Loved that video. :)


Oh and, um, are you going to have carne asada french fries at the signing in Utah? Just curious . . .

Christine Fonseca said...

It was a blast Kiersten! And check out my blog tomorrow for MORE PICS!!!

Jade said...

I'm glad you had an awesome day. Good luck with the rest of your upcoming events.

Zachary Grimm said...

Suh-WEEEEEEEET pics, Kiersten! SO glad it was a success! *Happy dance* I CANNOT WAIT to start reading it tomorrow... =D

Whirlochre said...

I will continue to be mean like that until every last drop of fiction is wrung out of you.

OR you festoon me with pizza...

Nicole MacDonald said...

Holy Cr@p!!! So cool and I LOVE the display!! Oooooh so fun, can't wait to be doing that ;p

http://damselinadirtydress.blogspot.com

Kelley said...

I was so sad I couldn't make it. Unfortunately, I'm 8 hours North. :( But the pictures are amazing, thanks so much for sharing!

Kristi said...

Thanks for sharing your big day with us! I loved it...and what a great turn out! Now go rest and relax. ;-)

Dawn Embers said...

Yay for you! Those are some awesome pictures.

*Is still waiting by the mailbox for my book.*

beth said...

**sputters**

LOOKIT THAT DISPLAY! You didn't get a display...YOU GOT THE GREAT WALL OF PARANORMALCY!!!! HOLY BLEEP!!!!!

Congrats!!! Yay for you!

JC said...

Hi, Kiersten. Can we wiki editors have permission to post one of these images in the 'Wikipedia' article (in the event that the article expands)?

Kiersten White said...

Thank you so much, everyone!

JC--Yes, absolutely. I only post pictures I have the rights to.

Christina said...

Just finished reading Paranormalcy! It was AMAZING! I loved Evie! So my question is....when are you coming out with another book?! ;p Can't wait for more stuff from you in the future!

Natalie said...

WOW. I'm just so proud of and happy for you! Congratulations! I had a wonderful time neglecting my housework and adorable children so I could read your entire book. SO fun.

!Gasp! I don't know how I'll wait another year for the next part of the story. Congrats again!!!!

Debra L. Schubert said...

Free. King. Awesome.

Debra L. Schubert said...

BTW, I'm featuring you and a 'lil 'ole book named PARANORMALCY on my blog tomorrow. ;-)

Jessica Love said...

YAY! Our picture is so cute! :-D

Your launch was so much fun, and I can't tell you how happy I am for you. You deserve all the success in the world!

storyqueen said...

It was a great night. And really, you looked TALL last night!

I thought your reading was adorable!

It was amazing to be there.

Madeleine said...

Oh my goodness! I actually have this little monster in me that could cry if that video was longer. I wish I could have been there so badly. Seriously. You should bike (haha) up here just to see me. (Kidding. I wouldn't put anyone through that. Ever. I'm not worth it.)

That's such a wonderful experience, I'm sure! I'm so incredibly glad that your first signing went so well! I'm sure all those people are eating your words right now and throwing them up because they're too excited and jittery to keep them down (nice image, right? I know how to give a compliment). I can't wait till my copy gets here! I think I know what the book club book will be next month...

Thanks, Kiersten, for writing a book that makes me so happy!

Daisy Whitney said...

So happy for you!

Myrna Foster said...

I wish I'd been there too! Way to deface property. ;)

Ingrid Sundberg said...

Awesome! Okay, so now you need to post your signing schedule! When are you coming to LA!

Claire Dawn said...

That's so awesome! I can't say how much I loved the book. When is Super out???

lol

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats! That wall of books behind you was so awesome.

Sommer Leigh said...

Congrats to you! I love reading your blog and I've got Paranormalcy in my hands and I can't wait to read it. I've been telling everyone who will listen about this book with the most beautiful cover. I'm so happy for you!

Liz Czukas said...

Amazing! Congrats! You're my hero!

- Liz

Scillius Maximus said...

::DeLurk::

Congratulations Kiersten.

Already looking for my copy :-)

::Lurk::

Brad Jaeger said...

Definitely the right way to kick off a book launch!

Julia King said...

Congratulations! I loved the video and how all of the shelves were EMPTY!!!

Stephanie Perkins said...

I'm belated (as usual), but those are some gooooooooooorgeous empty shelves behind you in that video!!

And — oh. my. gosh. — THANK YOU for taking MY bookmarks to YOUR event!!! That was totally unnecessary and completely amazing!!!!!!!

You = True Friend

Love you, chica. I'm so happy that the ENTIRE WORLD can finally read your fantastic novel.