Tuesday, May 12, 2009

It's Launch Day!

Today is the day my debut novel "Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me" goes out into the world.
I thought I'd be filled with butterflies, but instead I'm strangely calm. I suspect the butterflies will make their appearance later when I'm celebrating with 80 4th and 5th graders.
The launch party is with my sister, a 5th grade teacher who also happens to have a character named after her in my book, and the 4th and 5th grade classes in her school.
I feel like I know these kids. They've written me letters. They've read at least part of the ARC. They know the story. One girl even dressed up as one of my characters for Book Character Day! (btw, if you have silky hair, a matchy matchy outfit and 13 Barbie dolls, you too can dress up as MaryBeth Grabowsky)
We're watching part of the Apollo 11 moon landing. We're going to figure out what sound a slinky really makes (I played with a slinky for hours trying to figure it out. Of course it was all in the name of research.) I'm reading a chapter. It's time to party!


Anonymous said...

Nan - I am so thrilled for you. This is a tremendous day and I can only imagine how you must be feeling. Enjoy your day with the kids - you are like a rockstar to them! (and to me)
xoxo Andrea

Mary said...

Enjoy your special day!


Samantha said...

Congratulations! Have fun! Celebrate!


Anonymous said...

YAY NAN!!! PARTY ON!!! I'm raising a glass in toast -- Strawberry Quick counts doesn't it?

I hope your book launch is as exciting as it was to watch the Eagle, with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin aboard, land on the moon!

Anonymous said...

"strangely calm."... well Tranquility Base it is! The Eagle has landed

nanmarino said...

Thanks everyone! It was a great day! Soo much fun!

Unknown said...

Amazon delivered my copies on the 12th. I re-read it, and it is better than when I read the ARC.

You did great kid!!!

C.R. Evers said...


I love the title! :0)

nanmarino said...

Thanks Ritch! Thanks C.R.!

Anonymous said...

Well, the kids are still buzzing about you coming in and launching your book with us. Lots of firsts. I'm sure you will get used to signing autographs. Wait till next time- better bring 2 pens! How exciting it was to have an independent reading time and see my little sister's book being read!
Today we listened to the first 2 chapters of the audio. They L O V E D it. You are amazing.
Janie Lee