Print Anniversary for The Stowaway Debutante
Exactly one year ago I was standing in the back of the Ginger Press Bookstore in Owen Sound for my first book launch party. I was wearing a red dress and the heirloom amethyst necklace I inherited from my grandmother. The books were arranged beautifully around a portrait of Queen Victoria by my sister and cover artist, Sarah, and all my family was there to celebrate with me on a chilly Saturday afternoon.
I was only going to print 50 books. I had launched the eBook edition of The Stowaway Debutante in August and they hadn’t sold well. Mind you, I was half terrified that people would read my book at that time. But my mother insisted I print at least 100, and I had a tidy little tri-city book tour planned for my hometown, university town, and the city I’ve fallen in love with.
There were maybe twenty people in the bookstore when MaryAnn introduced me. And I had not yet mastered my explanation of what exactly “steampunk” was. But then I settled onto a tall stool, opened my first book, and began to read.
I remember the moment so clearly. I could hear the bell above the front door chiming as I wove the tale of Clara and her discovery of the gunpowder on the airship.
And the next time I looked up from the page…the bookstore was full. Packed. Standing room only, as people shuffled to the sides to make a little more room, and a little more room, as my community filled the space.
My heart beat faster, and I stumbled over a word. But I kept reading, and everyone clapped as the Captain Duke entered the scene.
I had no idea what to expect back then of releasing my little story into the world. I certainly didn’t expect to be here one year later, one thousand books later, typing this story for you.
And yet, here we are. We sold out the first printing on the first day, and I had to order more for the rest of the tour before we could leave for Thanksgiving dinner that afternoon. (They arrived, mercifully, the day before I left for the Ottawa book launch the very next weekend). The launch for the sequel, From Haven to Hell, was even better attended as you shared my stories far and wide. And now, I’ve just wrapped up my first convention season. As of two weeks ago, at Word on the Street Toronto, I have sold one thousand books in the last year alone.
This is simply unimaginable, and I am ever so grateful to you.
Thank you for your kind words. Thank you for your enthusiasm. Thank you for loving these characters as much as I do, and cheering them on in their adventures.
I can’t wait to share more with you.