Miranda and I had a giddy chat yesterday – it was amazing to see how much she was able to enjoy publication day. Oftentimes, I feel this day is more emotionally complex in the minds of the author – akin to how we build up a prom or New Year’s Eve plans in our mind, and they come to represent more than they should about our identity.
What it should be is a celebration.
There are lots of highlights for Miranda that have nothing to do with sales figures:
- She got to meet the head of Random House while taking photos outside the building. (how does this happen?)
- She spoke at Pen Parentis Literary Salon with other great authors
- Jodi Picoult just left an amazing Tweet, encouraging people to read Bittersweet
- She has had loads of well wishes from readers and other writers on social media
Tonight is her book launch party, which I am so excited about!
Mostly, what “the morning after” publication day means is that people can now access the story Miranda wrote, they can read it, and through them, it becomes part of the fabric of stories we tell.