Book Launch Recap

Well, it’s official: a second book launch is just as exciting as the first. 🙂

Once again we had a fabulous turnout (in spite of the Ottawa Senators’ playoff game!), great food and wine, and a wonderful venue. I was utterly thrilled to meet readers who didn’t know me personally, but who came simply because they’d read and loved the first book — and by the return of Carmel from Rabid Reads and Julie from Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks (Julie brought me this lovely balloon bouquet):

For all the people who couldn’t be in Ottawa for the occasion last night, I want to share the same words with you as I did with those who turned out — because they pertain to you as well:

Writing is usually thought of as a solitary profession. And if you don’t count the voices in a writer’s head, it can certainly seem that way sometimes. But the truth is, most writers have an entire village around them on their journes. We have writer friends who lead us by example; critique partners and beta readers who offer advice and much-needed feedback. We have personal friends who listen to our dreams ad nauseum without pointing out the massive potholes in the road we’ve chosen to follow. We have agents and editors who take a chance on us, and copyeditors, artists, proofreaders, and dozens of other behind-the-scenes supporters who ensure our work is the best it can be. We have families who endure our mood swings, absentmindedness, and outright neglect, all the while believing in us even when we fail to believe in ourselves. And we have readers. Readers who buy our books, follow us into the worlds we’ve created, and share their enthusiasm so generously with both us and with other readers.

Tonight, I would like to thank my village. Friends, family, readers, booksellers. Each of you has played a role in my standing here now with not one but two books launched into the world. I couldn’t have done it without you, and I am deeply, eternally grateful to each and every one of you. Thank you all so much for your support!




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16 responses to “Book Launch Recap”

  1. Savannah Chase Avatar

    I’m so glad it all turned out so well. Huge congrats…

    1. lindapoitevin Avatar

      Thank you so much, Savannah! 🙂

  2. Stella (Ex Libris) Avatar

    Thank you for sharing your words and some photos from the launch Linda, I would have loved to attend it 🙁 Congrats again!! 😀

    1. lindapoitevin Avatar

      Thank you, Stella — and I would have loved to have had you there! 🙂

  3. Carmel (@RabidReads) Avatar

    Wow! You’re even faster than I am. I’m working on my post about your launch now. Great job last night Linda! The renovated space was beautiful, your excerpt reading was flawless (I agree with Julie, you should do audiobooks!) and your husband was too funny.

    1. lindapoitevin Avatar

      Thanks so much, Carmel! It was great seeing you and Julie last night…thank you again for coming out! 🙂

  4. Natascha Avatar

    I vote for the audiobooks too 😉
    Great to see a little bit of the action from a far.

    1. lindapoitevin Avatar

      LOL, Natascha — and thank you. 🙂

  5. Sandy Westendorf Coelho Avatar

    What a lovely thank you. I wish I lived closer, I was with you in spirit! Congratulations on your success and please continue to write and entertain us – LOVE your work my friend!

    1. lindapoitevin Avatar

      Aw…thank you so much, Sandy! Hugs back!! 🙂

  6. BeaCharmed (@BeasBookNook) Avatar

    WOOOO! Congrats! I’m glad it went well. I wish I could have been there.

    1. lindapoitevin Avatar

      Thanks, Bea, and that would have been nice, indeed!

  7. Julie Avatar

    It’s always so neat to see a bookstore full of people there for one reason really and that’s to see you Linda and to let you know that you and your books are awesome. I had a great time! It was wonderful seeing you again and hanging out with Carmel is always great. As for how quickly you and Carmel got your posts up…wow. I didn’t even try. In fact, I’m not even going to try this week – it’s just too much with the kids running around. lol I’ll celebrate the one week anniversary of your launch on my blog next Saturday. 😉

    1. lindapoitevin Avatar

      LOL, Julie…I think a one-week anniversary recap is a fabulous idea! I’ll look forward to it. 🙂

  8. Sonia Cristina Avatar
    Sonia Cristina

    What’s the feeling on having a room full of people to aplaude you and your work?

    I’m happy for you and your sucess.

    1. lindapoitevin Avatar

      Thank you, Sonia! And it’s a very surreal feeling…both exciting and humbling at the same time. 🙂

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