The Launching of FATED

The launching party at the Gourmet Way was wonderful and I so appreciate everyone who came by and bought a book!  I thought I’d write a quick run-down about FATED’s release day…in outline form since I’m trying to get organized.

  • Got up, sent kids off to school and jumped on the internet.  Friends already tweeting about my release day on Twitter—friends rock.
  • Return ‘happy release day’ emails to both Cynthia Eden and Jillian Chantal.  Very happy to be sharing a release day with these two.
  • Run down to Hastings.  Find book.  Try not to cry.  Take several pictures, ignoring the odd looks from other people.  One elderly lady finally asked what I was doing.  Said… “That’s my book.”
  • Drove to Borders, hoping but not expecting to find book on shelf.  Not there.  (Borders filed for bankruptcy last week…lots of books not there.)
  • Drive away, get phone call from sister who just had surgery on her lower leg…sister needs a latte.
  • Take sister a latte.  Sit and listen as she calls the Spokane Valley Barnes and Noble, using a high voice with slight accent asking about my book.  Don’t know why sister is using the accent, but it’s hilarious.  Then high-five sister when she finds out that not only is FATED there, it’s on the front table.  BTW, sister’s name is Debbie.
  • Swing by Gourmet Way.  Everything is in order and I’m just in the way.  Do happy hop and take off.
  • Grab a sandwich from a deli—carbs don’t count on release day.
  • Go home, get on internet.  Lots of best wishes.  Brandie calls, has a surprise, lasts about thirty seconds before she reveals she bought some really cool cookies with FATED on them.  Am impressed Brans lasted half a minute.  Am also thankful Brandie has arranged launching party.  Brandie rocks.
  • Look outside; realize it’s starting to snow.  Think…crap.  Roads will be bad and nobody will come to launching.
  • Get text from critique partner Sayde Grace that says…”relax.”  Am happy crit partner knows me so well.
  • Go and get ready.  Hate outfit I thought I’d wear.  Try on sixteen other outfits.  Finally put the first one back on.  Husband comes home, says ‘great outfit…but you have lipstick on your teeth’.
  • Wipe off teeth.  Head to Gourmet Way.  Nearly sigh at the pretty flowers from family and nuns.  Notice Deb’s eyes dilated from the pain meds from her surgery…prop her next to table.  Notice she is drinking white wine too…figure she’ll be fine.
  • My folks show up with big smiles. My folks are the best.  Husband and kids arrive…son wants to know when the paparazzi are showing up.
  • Friend Bonnie Paulson shows up with a cool mat for people to sign.  Bonnie rocks.
  • Sister Stephanie shows up with camera…she’s ready to roll.
  • The doors open.  Spend three solid hours signing book.  Lots of family show up from the Silver Valley and all around.  The Hintz girls bring goodies and Aunt Lisa brings gorgeous flowers.  Lots of friends from town, as well as people I’ve never met walk through the door.  My entire town rocks.

 So, that’s my debut launching day in a nutshell.  It was a truly wonderful day and I’m so grateful for everyone who shared it with me-both online and in real time.

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28 thoughts on “The Launching of FATED”

  1. Lynn Rush says:

    Fantastic. Glad it turned out well. How exciting. Great pictures. Enjoy the journey, Rebecca. And thanks for taking us along with you on it. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Lynn! I’m enjoying your journey as well…I promise I’ll take pictures when your first book shows up at Hastings! It’ll be very soon!

  2. Huge congrats…I am so happy it all turned out so good….Huge congrats again on the book…

    1. Thanks, Savannah! I think having the launching at a wine store worked out really well. People mingled and had fun (and bought wine). 🙂

  3. Sayde Grace says:

    A million congrats lady!! I’m heading to town tomorrow to take pics of Fated at my local stores!! I’m so glad you had a great release and that you all survived it!! And yes, I did know that you were freakin out! Just had a feeling 🙂

    1. Thanks! I hope you find Fated at your stores. And you knew not only that I was freaking out, but right when it happened. 🙂

  4. Sayde Grace says:

    Oh and I LOVE the cookies!! I want one!

    1. Yeah, they were good. Brans hid one for me because they went fast!

  5. I am unbelievably happy for you! Sounds like the evening was a success! I only wish I lived there so I could have been able to be there…I was there in spirit tho 🙂 YAY!!!!

    1. Thanks Nikki! I wish you lived closer, too! Though, we’re in blizzard conditions right now, so… 🙂

  6. Congrats Rebecca

    I was with you in spirit and thinking of you in the store seeing your first book on the shelf – what an accomplishment.

    Can you run back down to the local bookstore and take a picture of my book, Invitation to Ruin, on the shelf since running from New Zealand is almost impossible and it hasn’t been released in-store here.

    I miss that whole feeling!

    Best luck

    1. Absolutely! I totally will head down there when the roads clear a bit…I’ll check at Borders just in case. Yours may be there too. 🙂

  7. Julie Hinsz says:

    Fun night !

    1. Rebecca Zanetti says:

      Thanks, Julie! And thanks so much for the wonderful goodies – I can’t wait to add the other covers to that frame! 🙂

  8. Brooklyn Ann says:

    Your release party was so much fun! It was the 1st I went to so I bragged all about it. And I agree about the awesomeness of the locale. They had the brand of Chardonnay I’d been searching for!

    1. Hi Brooklyn Ann! I agree – Gourmet Way did an awesome job! Thanks for coming to the party. 🙂

  9. Brinda says:

    Thanks for posting this with pics! What a great PARTY- the first of many more to come. 🙂 Congrats.

    1. Hi Brinda! The party was wonderful…I think the venue really made the night!

  10. Wow, it sounds like an amazing party! I think for my next launch I will take some pointers from your success. And isn’t that like Bonnie, to think of something perfect to bring?

    Also, did you ever teach at Eastern? I think I may have taken a creative writing class from you (a long time ago). Either that or I just remember seeing your name in my course catalogs frequently. I graduated in Journalism there in 2001.

    Congrats on the release of your novel. I can’t wait to read it.

    1. Hi Maggie! Yeah, Bonnie is a thinker…and so sweet! I’ve never taught at Eastern and I’ve never taught creative writing. Just legal classes. 🙂

      1. Sorry for the mix up!

        1. No worries! In fact, I’d love to teach a creative writing class. NIC and I are trying to figure out a time that works for both of us…but so far schedules are crazy! 🙂

  11. What a fabulous day! Huge congrats on your release. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Rosalie! It was wonderful. 🙂

  12. Thank you for sharing this wonderful day with us! I feel like I was there with you. I’m so happy for you. Congratulations!

  13. Thanks, Hildie! I’m still flying high. 🙂

  14. Melissa Arroyo says:

    Super Congrats Rebecca!!!!! I’m bummed out because my official book store is Borders and they have none of the books that I want, but I’ll make sure to find it on the Internet. Your stories rock and reading them is an exciting journey any reader can’t miss. Very proud of you! Melissa Arroyo