Getting Ready for the Book Launch


Less than a week to the book launch. Seems like only yesterday that I signed the contract.  I am lying.  There has not been a single day I have not thought about how long it will be until the book comes out. I signed the contract more than two years ago.

Today we went over to Ala Moana, the big rabbit warren of a mall in Waikiki, to exchange some shorts. I stopped by Barnes & Noble and saw this:

Books! My books are in the store. At least, in the window. People can’t buy them yet. (And yes, Kaiya does need a nap. This was taken late in the afternoon).

The community relations manager showed me a HUGE 5 foot by 8 foot banner that was made up for the event. “We’ve never had a sign like this,” she said, clearly delighted, as she and another guy rolled it out for me to see. It was printed on a plastic canvas, like the all-weather banners used for kids’ sports teams. I think I’ll hang it up outside of my house when the event’s done.

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

4 thoughts on “Getting Ready for the Book Launch

  1. I love that Barnes & Noble! The community relations manager and the store manager are both awesome people and there’s a pretty good selection of Hawaiiana there if you look.

    Although I also love the Kahala B&N. They’re both excellent.

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