Celebrating the release of The Controlled
by guest blogger Becky Komant
No matter how elegant or simple, I believe that every author should celebrate the release of his or her new book. I don’t do anything half-way, so I wanted our book launch party to be something my friends and family would enjoy as together we toasted the journey that this book brought me on so far.
It really was a night I will never forget. I chose a new local hot spot, SOCIAL 242 Grill & Lounge. It’s a sexy kinda place and the perfect fit for such an event, in particular for THIS book. The intimacy, the dimmed lighting, the classy feel, and the fabulous cuisine all added to the elegance.
It was a private, ticketed event, with invites sent out to select media. I ran some Facebook contests to give “fans” the chance to win tickets as well. Counting the guests, my friends, and family, we had about 120 people come.
From the moment the door opened, there was a steady flow of happy, excited faces. I was at the door to personally greet everyone while servers handed out a tasty glass of wine, supplied by a local Kelowna winery called 50th Parallel Estate Winery. As people socialized, they enjoyed great tapas and music. The staff was wonderful, catering to each and every person.
I did my rounds trying to have a few moments to chat with everyone in the room. The evening was actually a little surreal for me. I did it! It was the release party for my debut book The Controlled! I can still see the image in my head, looking around the room at everyone laughing and having a great time. It was an amazing feeling.
When it was time for me to say my thanks and a few words to my guests, I actually was nervous. That was weird for me because I have done a lot of public speaking and anyone who knows me knows I ALWAYS have something to say and no problem saying it. Yet, this was different somehow. I remember talking with one of my best friends and she asked, “What are you nervous about?” I realized that actually I was overwhelmed. They journey that I took was ending. The book was done. But it was not really ending, it was just moving into the next phase.
I gave thanks to everyone and the local businesses who supported me, debuted my book trailer for The Controlled, and an excerpt of the book was read by my dear friend, Kim. The feeling that moved through my body was one of complete happiness. That moment will go down as one I will never forget.
The best message I can give to you all is, a celebration is a beautiful thing. Whether it’s for a birthday, graduation, new job, a promotion - celebrate it!
My release party was not only a way to say Thank You to the wonderful people in my life, but a way to share The Controlled with them. Like I said, I have always been a girl that never does anything small. I will most definitely do no different with every book I write. Celebrate your accomplishment. You’re worth it!