In exactly three months, GILT will be on bookstore shelves, ready to face the world. I think I'm similar to all writers in feeling that this is a dream come true. An event similar to a birth or a wedding.
Which calls for a party.
I love parties. I spent nine months planning my own wedding -- not because I was bridezilla, but because I couldn't wait to celebrate with my husband, my family, and my friends. I feel the same way with this launch.
The problem is, I haven't been to many launch parties. In fact, I can count them on one finger. So I'm not entirely sure what to expect, what's expected of me, or what to plan. I'm full of questions:
Do I have it on a weeknight? A weekend afternoon?
Do I serve food? Nibbles? Cake?
Should I provide wine? Sparkling cider? Both?
Do I want to do a reading? Give a speech?
Do I have door prizes? Gift baskets? Tons of swag?
Should my party have a theme? Should I wear a costume? (please say no.)
Should we have decorations?
Do I have an after party?
Do I provide food there? Themed food? Open bar?
Invitations! E-vites? Postcards? Do I send them to local schools and libraries?
As you can see, I need your help. Yes, yours. Give me tips and anecdotes! Ideas from launches you've attended or planned. If you were me, what would your dream launch party look like?