It’s a Book!

Posted on 02 December 2011

Last night was my book launch party. The evening featured cupcakes, wine, chocolate-covered potato chips, and stacks of Living Arrangements copies that grew smaller and smaller as the night wore on. But snacks and book sales aside, I felt so incredibly supported by everyone who came.

An old friend (and long-ago fellow writing member) came all the way from Cincinnati — a four-hour drive — to attend. She conspired with two other women from that same past writing group to come as a surprise, and I don’t think I need to tell you how honored I was for their support. And that’s just one example. Seeing all the friends and fellow writers from various parts of my life, all gathered there in the basement of Mac’s Backs to celebrate the publication of my first book, was overwhelming. I am extraordinarily lucky.

I read my story “To Elizabeth Bishop, with Love.” Afterward, someone pointed out that I was standing in front the bookstore’s collection of National Geographic magazines, which was amusing considering that I had mentioned that magazine in my Q&A when discussing my inspiration for this story. (See Bishop’s “In the Waiting Room” for the National Geographic connection.)

Two of my friends gave me an absolutely amazing and thoughtful gift that I will share in my next post — let’s just say my Living Arrangements-inspired jewelry collection is growing. Finally, Mac’s Backs was the absolute perfect place to have the event, and many thanks to Suzanne for all her help and work.

Thank you, thank you to everyone who came. You made my night. Actually, you made my December. And for those of my blogging friends who weren’t there in person last night, I still felt your support loud and clear from all your recent comments, so thank you, too.

Finally, a quick note: I’m not entirely clear on how this works or what the status is, but if you ordered Living Arrangements online, I believe it will be a little late. But rest assured that the book is indeed published and should be in your hands soon. Maybe it just needed a nice warmup release in Cleveland first!

Here are a few more photos from my reading:

19 responses to It’s a Book!

  • Averil Dean says:

    Oh Laura. You looked so beautiful and author-ish up there. I’m chomping at the bit for my book (on pre-order) so I can’t follow along to see what you read, but I’m thrilled by the idea of the diminishing stack of books. And the chocolate-covered potato chips. (?!)


    • Oh, it was more than chocolate-covered potato chips — we also had chocolate-covered Oreos, pretzels, etc. A family friend runs a business that promotes peace, love, and pretzels (and, yes, sugar highs — my favorite kind of business) and my mother-in-law put in an order for a basket. That thing was picked entirely clean by the end of the night, and rightfully so.

  • Teri says:

    Look at ALL THOSE PEOPLE!! You look like an old pro up there, Laura. Can’t wait for my copy of your book to show up in my mailbox.

    • Thanks, Teri. I’m really glad I decided to have a book launch — at times, I wondered if it was the best idea, since I’m not always exactly fond of being the center of attention — but it really was a wonderful night.

  • Erika Marks says:

    I nearly tackled the UPS man today, sure he had your book to deliver to me so I’m glad to know (as is he, surely!) that it will be on its way soon.

    The party looked–and sounded–fantastic. And to have faraway friends there…just the best.

    Congrats to you, lady. Bask and bask some more. You have earned it!

  • TP says:

    It all sounds first class. And so many people crowded into that space! Glad it turned out so successfully for you. Like Averil, I’m also curious about the chocolate-covered potato chips. Can’t wait to see photos from your second and third readings, etc., etc. Go get ’em.

    • Thanks so much! I was so thrilled by the people who came. A friend from Columbus appeared, and I hadn’t even been sure she would make it…plus lots of fellow writers, friends I haven’t seen in a while, and even a new friend I had actually never met in person before — we live only a few miles away but have only corresponded through email. There were lots of lovely surprises and I just soaked up the support.

  • Deb says:

    How great your old writing pals showed up to surprise you! Kind of icing on the cake. I think that is a sure tell of the kind of person and writer you are. Cannot wait to get a copy in my hands.

  • David Abrams says:


    For those of us who are distant, blog-o-sphere followers of your journey, this is like reaching the light at the end of the tunnel. Just the title of this blog-post alone was enough to spread warmth through my veins. I’m so happy for you and I’m impressed by the size of the crowd you drew to the launch party. May the voyage of Living Arrangements be long and fruitful! Thanks for sharing your moment with us….

  • lisahgolden says:

    Congratulations on your successful launch! The reading room is full, the venue looks perfect and your friends were out in force. It’s wonderful to see you at the podium with Living Arrangements in your hands.

  • I so wanted to be there and feel like a slacker for not doing so, but I couldn’t make it work with my schedule. I’m holding you to that promise of another Ohio book signing. Soon, I hope…

    These photos are great–we’re all so proud of you.

    The only thing that excites me more is actually reading the book!!!

  • Tricia says:

    She WAS like an old pro up there, very poised and with a good answer for every question. Not to mention, VEGAN CUPCAKES? What a night!

  • Lyra says:

    You looked beautiful and so smart and so writerly. Bravo.

    And that crowd! Congratulations and yay, yay, yay!

    Now, down to the nitty gritty, what does a girl have to do to get chocolate covered potato chips…oh my…

  • margosita says:


    It sounds like an awesome night. Mostly because of the reading and the friends and the PUBLISHED BOOK, but also because of the chocolate covered potato chips. ;)

  • amyg says:

    Love love love love love

    congrats on such a successful book launch party. what a perfect foundation for starting a long, prolific and lucrative career as an author.

    i’m so very happy for you and can’t wait to get my hands on that gorgeous book.

  • I’m sorry I’m late to the party. Gosh, you’re radiant. Like the others, I can’t wait to get my hands on your writing, to catch a glimpse into your creations.

    Congratulations, Laura. I’m so happy for you.

  • Recent Posts

    Tag Cloud

    5 random things acceptance American Literary Review AWP AWP 2012 book reviews books Bread Loaf 2012 cat lady cats Cirrus Cleveland Cleveland writers contests failure Fiction Writers Review first drafts Huda Al-Marashi literary magazines living arrangements Mac's Backs Mid-American Review NaNoWriMo novel revisions Opal Poets & Writers publishing reading rejection revision rust belt chic Saucy Sophie Kerr Prize Stories on Stage The Writing Life this is what the publishing process looks like tricia springstubb Washington College writing advice writing buddies writing frustrations writing goals writing groups writing retreat writing workshops


    Laura Maylene Walter is proudly powered by WordPress and the SubtleFlux theme.

    Copyright © Laura Maylene Walter