I loved Ace Of Shades. It was definitely one of my favorite books of this year so far and I’m sure that standing will stay. So, I was absolutely thrilled when I learned that her launch party was going to be near me! There was even a few other people I going that I really wanted to meet/say hi to.
Leading up to the launch, I got really, really nervous. I wanted to say hello to people, but I was worried I was too awkward or weird or maybe even a little creepy. But when I got there (Children’s Book World) it was super cute and the people working there were super nice. My dad took me and we were there super early (that’s just how we roll, haha), so we hung out at the cafe across the street. That was really cute too!
Anyway, I was able to get a seat up front which was so cool. It was also so cool to see Amanda in person! Like, right there!
This was my first launch party or even a book event like this and I didn’t know what to expect. But, I really enjoyed the Q&A that happened. Amanda is such a sophisticated, intelligent, and classy speaker and person. I had so much fun listening to her talk about Ace and her publishing her journey. And hearing her speak really inspired me. She had this air of knowledge and confidence and it honestly made me excited to learn and grow. For the first time, I wasn’t scared of getting older or going to collage, because I want to be like that. I want to learn. I want to write. I want grow. I just… that felt really good.
So, I actually did chicken out of saying hi to the people I wanted to say hi to, but I did end up asking a question which I wasn’t planning on doing!
To cap off the night, there was a signing after the Q&A. I brought my ARC and my final copy to get signed. Amanda saw that I had an ARC and then saw my name on the sticky note and then SHE FREAKING RECOGNIZED ME FROM TWITTER. I exchange tweets with her regarding my love of Ace of Shades, how we both live in/near Philly, and the likes! It was just absolutely insane that she recognized me. She said that she thought she recognized my face. She then asked me how I was (!!!) and we talked about how pretty the hardcover of Ace was and how authors always have a little catchphrase that they write in their books. And she freaking recognized me. There were definite tears after I left the store. My whole month (probably more) is made.
After that I got cake, which was really good and even some cool swag!
All in all, I had such a fantastic time and I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for more events that I’d like to go to at Children’s Book World and around me cause this was such an awesome experience.
And Ace Of Shades is now out in the world! Bask in the glory that is this magnificent novel!