08 Dec Throwing a Book Party
When I ask people what they think of me throwing a book party, mostly I get asked, “What’s a book party?”
“It’s kind of like a birthday party for a book,” I reply.
“I’ve never been to one. But it sounds fun!” is usually the response.
Well, to be honest, I’ve never been to one before, either. But, shhh, don’t tell anyone. I’m planning a book party and I don’t have a clue what I’m up to! Books take years to write, months to edit, design, lay out, proofread, and set up for publication. So when it’s finally published, it’s party time. Welcome to the world, Little Book. Book parties vary a lot from potluck style, don’t cost anything, let’s just hang out and be happy together to Big Extravaganzas with Live Music, Catered Food & Drinks, and Fancy Venues. Book Parties are also called Book Launches, which makes me feel a little nervous. What if my launch fizzles and the Shuttle doesn’t fly? What if nobody comes? What if it’s boring? What if …
So, I sat down and wrote a list of what I might like to do
Theme: Africa and or Books. Really? How original.
Colors: no idea.
Activities: A Photo Booth with costumes, Pin the Tail on the Zebra, Book Trailer playing somewhere, Africa Music playing
Brief Reading, Talk, Q&A: ask anything you want to. I may or may not answer.
Book Selling & Signing
Food: So far I’ve got some yummy European style chocolates and pastries.
Drink: Coffee from Africa of course.
So that’s how far I’ve gotten. Which doesn’t seem like much. But it’s a start. And I’m kind of freaking out about it, not being the big party girl open house lover sort of person. I’ve read a dozen blogs on how to plan a great book party. Accordingly, here is what I (might) still have to do:
Find a Venue, Plan the space, Order books
Find people to help me with food, drinks, pics, etc.
Make SWAG bags (?) Make book marks (?) Do some door prizes (Give away a few books. Again: How Original!)
Make a sign or two to hang up, Plan more food, finger-foods, maybe cake? Make it festive. Decorations?
Good thing my book won’t be here for another month. Looks like the party is going to take a little more party planning.
If you were coming to a book party, what would you like to be going on?
Photo: Harold Ball, on his birthday, Mongu Zambia, 1980s