Every author's hosted a book launch or other event where not a single person shows up. We even have a theme song about it:
One of the best ways to avoid this kind of despair is to host a book party with friends, and that's what some of the Sci/Why bloggers are doing on Saturday, March 7.
Because we live in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Alberta, an in-person event wasn't going to be practical. That's why the party is taking place on Facebook - and because it's a public event, anyone can attend, no matter where in the world they happen to be. Those in Australia might have to lose a bit of sleep though, as the party is from 1:00-5:00 pm EST (apologies, Australian friends!).
Can't hang out online all day? No problem! Each author is hosting her own hour:
1:00-2:00 - L. E. Carmichael - Forensic Science: In Pursuit of Justice and Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild
2:00-3:00 - Helaine Becker - Zoobots and Dirk Daring: Secret Agent
3:00-4:00 - Ishta Mercurio - Bite Into Bloodsuckers
4:00-5:00 - Joan Marie Galat - Branching Out: How Trees Are a Part of Our World
and you can pop in and out at your convenience. The event will be a great way to discover new books, explore science facts and other fun stuff, and kick off a science-filled Spring Break.
Will there be prizes, you ask? Why yes, in fact there will! Everyone who purchases a book during the event will receive a small gift - in my case, I'll mail out a personalized, autographed bookplate and a small bonus surprise. Purchasers will also be entered into the four grand prize draws for extra books and/or awesome book swag.
So consider this your invitation and click through to join the event - no "friending" is necessary. But feel free to invite your friends or otherwise spread the word. The more the merrier!
See you on the 7th!