Book Launch: The Conclave
Posted: July 2, 2019
Event Dates: December 2, 2018
S.C. Eston and Chuck BowiePhoto Credits: Leigh Ann Estey
The launch of "The Conclave
" was my first experience at doing an official book launch. It took place at Westminster Books
, here in Fredericton. The bookstore is a well-known supporter of local authors and was recommended to me by Chuck Bowie
, who launched his book "The Body on the Underwater Road
" at Westminster earlier in the year.
The first thing I did was get in touch with the manager of the store, which I did in person. She said they would be happy to host an event for my book. After a few back and forth by email, we selected a date that worked for the both of us. Then, I took some time to research what could or should be included in such an event. I put together a program, which included an introduction (by someone else if possible), some readings, a Q&A and some time at the end for signing books. One recommendation I liked was to do a give-away for people who signed up to my newsletter. I created a simple form, printed it, and asked my mother-in-law to go around asking people to sign-up.
Roger MoorePhoto Credits: Leigh Ann Estey
The event took place on Sunday December 2, at 2pm. I was nervous about the turnout (and the whole thing for that matter). I had heard that one can never be certain about how many people will show up. A few weeks before, I had gone to a Q&A by two international authors, at the same location, and there was only 6 people, including myself. Knowing that, I set my expectations fairly low.
S.C. EstonPhoto Credits: Mathieu Chiasson
In the end, though, everything went well. Around 20 people came, including friends and family members. I was also lucky to have the support and participation of two great friends and authors; Chuck Bowie
and Roger Moore
. Chuck gave the introduction and Roger read three poems from his collection "Monkey Temple
". I myself read two passages from Conclave. The Q&A session followed and was a lot of fun. People seemed interested and asked a bunch of questions.
Bookmarks were available for free and 4 books (including one from Roger) were won in the giveaway (being my first launch, I felt generous!). We ate cupcakes (by Leigh, who is the best baker I know!) and the store provided a punch. I then sold and signed some books (9 books total, which is pretty good I think).
All in all, it was a great event, one that I'll always remember. I'm very grateful for everyone who came, and for their ongoing support, including Gaetan (my alpha reader), my family and in-laws, and my wife, Leigh. I feel it was a success and the effort I put in was well rewarded. The first time of anything always has many unknowns and a certain level of stress associated with it. But I'm definitely glad I went ahead with the launch. It was great, and I'm hoping to do something similar for upcoming stories.