How I Spent My Release Day

As I told my parents as I was leaving Wisconsin on Monday, “Tomorrow is going to be just like any other day when I wake up, except my book will be out.” Boy, was I wrong! I didn’t realize that a certain popular author whom I work with (let’s call her Stephenie) would blog about my book later that night.  So when I woke up and checked my author e-mail box, I was super confused as to what happened.  Sure, I’d get dozens of messages each day from Twitter and Facebook, but there were HUNDREDS of messages yesterday morning.  This wasn’t going to be an ordinary day.

Since I had the week off from work and I just returned from the holidays, I went to the gym in the morning, spent most of the afternoon on my computer watching the Large Hadron Collider people on Twitter get confused by the influx of “I’m joining the Lonely Hearts Club” tweets flooding their #LHC tag, then headed off to Manhattan to stalk my book.

I met my fabulous editor, David Levithan, and my friend Natalie at the Barnes and Noble in Union Square to see The Lonely Hearts Club display.  I hadn’t seen it yet, my brother sent me a text that morning of from Minnesota, so I somewhat knew what it looked like.

We got off the escalator on the second floor and then David took me over to the display.  There it was.  My book in a bookstore.  It was a very surreal experience.  I’m very appreciative that Scholastic made a nice sturdy display, because I somewhat attacked it.  In front of me was the result of five years of work, so needless to say, I was very excited.

Showing the love...

With my brilliant editor David Levithan

Having a private moment with the display...


We met up with some more friends afterwards to celebrate the release.  Natalie had a bunch of books for me to sign.  Having someone sit at a table and sign six books got the attention of some cute boys nearby, but did they say anything?  Of course not.  Why?  Because boys are stupid.  (As you can probably tell, I have plenty of stories ready for a Lonely Hearts Club sequel…).

December 29, 2009 will forever be one of the most rewarding and fun days of my life.   There are tons of people who are responsible for this day being possible, but I would like to especially acknowledge everybody at Scholastic for all of their amazing work from the editing and design to the promotion of The Lonely Hearts Club.  Of course big hug to my friends for being so supportive.  And to everybody who sent me tweets and messages that they are reading and enjoying the book.  Those notes truly made my day!

I’ve got a bunch of blogs to write for my blog tour (details on that are in a below post), so I’ll be back on this in the New Year.  I hope everybody has a very happy and healthy 2010!

XO, Elizabeth (the published author – hooray!)

Blog tour

Hello all!  I'm doing a blog tour starting next week through January for the release of The Lonely Hearts Club.  Below are the dates - so be sure to check them out.  I'm having a blast doing them (and promise I'll get back to blogging HERE when I'm done). December 29- The Compulsive Reader                  

December 31 - Steph Su Reads                                 

January 4 - Presenting Lenore                           

January 6 - Green Bean Teen Queen                 

January 8 - Chick Lit Teens                                 

January 11 -  The Book Smugglers                        

January 13 - Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf        

January 15 - Pop Culture Junkie                           

January 18 - The Story Siren                          

 January 20 - My Friend Amy

2010 Events

I'll be at the following stores talking about and signing copies of THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB.  Hope to see you out there! Friday, January 8, 2010

6:00 p.m.

Books of Wonder

18 W. 18th Street

New York, NY 10011

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

6:00 p.m.

Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library

425 6th Avenue at 10th Street.

New York, NY

**Teen Author Reading Night with Carolyn Mackler (Tangled), Shani Petroff (The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Dress), Jon Skovron (Struts and Frets), and Jordan Sonnenblick (After Ever After)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

4:30 p.m.

Barnes and Noble

3535 US Route 1

Princeton, NJ 08540

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

7:00 p.m.

Barnes and Noble

98 Middlesex Turnpike

Burlington, MA 01803

Friday, February 12, 2010

7:00 p.m.

Barnes and Noble

210 Commerce Blvd

Fairless Hills, PA 19030

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

7:00 p.m.

Barnes and Noble

91 Old Country Road

Carle Place, NY 11514

Saturday, April 17, 2010

1:00 p.m.

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

234 Kensington Rd

Berlin, CT 06037