Published. Week 1.

I’ve been putting off doing this blog entry because every time I sit down to write it, I start to cry. My week since debut has been so humbling and amazing. I just can not believe the support I’ve had from friends, family, writers, and people I don’t even know. It just blows me away. There have been so many cool little moments, and I am grateful for every one of them, everyone of you. People are reading my book now, people I know and don’t. I started this book almost five years ago, and I don’t think any amount of time could prepare me for this. There are so many things about publishing that are hard to deal with, hard to swallow, but it’s every bit worth it when my mom tells me about a little girl in foster care who is not a reader, but read my book in a day (dang straight I sent her a tiara!). I think back on all my experiences with literature as a kid, how sometimes I felt books were the only way I could understand the world. To have a young reader connect like that to my words, it’s amazing. And unexpected and surreal and sweet. So thank you to readers present and future. Whether you like the book or not, thank you for engaging yourself in the story.
Ha! I AM CRYING AGAIN. I am such a sap. What you really want to know about is the cake, right? Behold, the glorious confection, created by the awesome people at Retro Bakery in Las Vegas. I showed them my cover and they made this, complete with a fondant compact. It was the richest, most delicious treat ever. (Vegas friends, YOU MUST GO THERE. Buy a cupcake, then pick up Lisa Schroeder’s It’s Raining Cupcakes and indulge in a day of sweetness)

For my release party, I decided to make it a PARTY. I’ll only have one debut, and I suspect subsequent books are like babies. Your first one, everyone is really pumped about, but by the third or fourth, all your family is like, "Yes, we know you are an author/mother. What’s new?" (even though, of course, every book and kid is special! Also, I confess, my number three baby is the definite favorite right now. That might just be because she is curled up on my lap, making sucking motions in her sleep. The Cuteness almost hurts)
My mom especially made it a great day. The woman was a party planner in a previous life. It also helps that the book is about, you know, princesses. I wrote my release-day sister, Kimberly Derting (THE BODY FINDER–it’s a suspenseful read) and asked if she was having a hard time finding swag for her serial killer book. I didn’t see that section at Party City.
We booked a room at a country club. Probably the first and last signing I’ll do where the bathrooms had marble and FREE MOUTHWASH. It was fun looking up after signing each book and seeing people I hadn’t seen for years. Like two of my high school friends/college roommates, who are there to remind me what a pig I was in college any time I might Diva Out.

And my little sister, who flew into town just for the day, and my event planner mother, who paid for said flight. Yes, she is the cute sister. I’m okay with that, though, because I got to wear these shoes.

I have finally given in to the The Frills. Look for these at future events. I’m going to have to wear them a lot to pay them off. Of course, my feet were under the table for most of the night, so I had to get up and point them out periodically.

My fam. Yep, this might be our Christmas Card this year. Or last years CC, or my daughter’s birth announcement, since I… um… never did those.
At one point, I overheard my oldest daughter say to her friend, "See that famous lady over there? That’s my mom and she wrote this book for me."
Again. The Cuteness.

Signing for my friend, Jenny, and her green-haired son. At first I got super excited because one of my character’s had green hair, but I was reminded it was almost St. Patrick’s day and the green was not for me.

And here is the room I never got to hang out in, but I hear it was nice.

Thank you everyone who came! Later this week, when I can get through a paragraph without bawling, I’ll post about my awesome event at The King’s English in Salt Lake City. And my southern tour is coming up in two weeks–still working out the logistics of it. Let’s just say, I might bring my sister and P4H mascot with me. 

34 Responses to “Published. Week 1.”

  1. pixiechick_sw

    Wow! What a fancy opening! HOW FUN!!! I so enjoyed seeing you at The King’s English. I hope sometime we can get together and talk shop and life. Congrats on all the big good things I know are ahead of you in your career!

  2. mandyhubbard

    OMg, this almost made ME cry, it was so sweet! I definitely think that fam photo needs to go on the christmas cards. Or the may day cards. haha.

    Congrats, Lindsey!! You deserve it. May there be many more release dates. 🙂

  3. stephanieburgis

    Yayyy! I loved this entry…and oh wow, I love those shoes! Definitely worth whatever they cost. 🙂

    Congratulations! And what wonderful, happy family photos. What a perfect way to celebrate the book’s début!

  4. courtneywrites

    Congrats, Lindsey!!! The pictures are great, your shoes are fab, and you have the most GORGEOUS girls!!!! I can’t remember their names now, but I’m pretty sure I remember thinking they had the world’s best names, too.

  5. kay_cassidy

    Oh honey, congratulations on a fabulous debut party!!! Could you and your family BE any more darling??? I think not. You are now officially the poster family of C-U-T-E. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing all the gorgeous pictures!!!

  6. jgurtler

    Glad your book launch extravangnza has been so positive!!!

    Your family is truly adorable. My fave of this whole post is your daughter telling people that famous lady over there wrote a book for her. How cool is THAT!!

  7. fandoria

    That looks like it was such a fun party. LOVE the cake!

    Congrats again, Lindsey! Can’t wait to read the book. (Just gotta finish my library books first so I can get them back on time).

  8. karenbschwartz

    What a wonderful release party! Your littlest princess is adorable. I picked up Princess for Hire at my local indie and can’t wait to read it!

  9. Anonymous

    I’m overwhelmed by The Cuteness too. Congrats on such a wonderful tour and good luck on the next one! You and P4H deserve it!

  10. shaelise

    I was so sad that I didn’t make it to TKE. I’m so glad your week has been made of awesomeness. Congrats. And your family is adorable!

  11. Anonymous

    Lindsey, I want you know that you are a big inspiration to me. The story of your five-year journey to become a publishing author got me to think “why not?” and really think to start my writing career seriously, so I thank you for that. P.S. Keep blogging because your blog is awesome

  12. Anonymous

    southern tour

    If you make it to South Carolina for your southern tour, I just might be able to come!! 🙂
    Sandy S. Ward

  13. Anonymous

    Your sister got the shaft now though…and she really wanted that baby back. Look at that lil smile….sigh

  14. Anonymous

    The Hamblin Relatives LOVE Princess for Hire!

    All of us Hamblin girls LOVE Princess for Hire! Good job!!! We are all wanting to get our hands on the next one! Congratulations!

  15. janel_harrison

    You’re absolutely glowing with that beautiful family of yours.What a wonderfuly great party and cake and shoes. So happy and can’t wait to read the book!!! Yay for you!

  16. kderting

    Lindsey, looks like a great ime, and you all look BEAUTIFUL!!!! And, yes, princess stuff is WAY easier to find at Party City than serial killer. LOL!!!

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