The King of Keji – Launched!

P1000620I have to say launches are super anxiety-producing for me. Asking people to come out and celebrate me isn’t my favorite thing to do, but it’s part of this writing gig, I guess. Here are a few pics – huge thanks to EVERYBODY (especially people who don’t have a particular interest in kids’ books:) who came out to show their support – big shout-out to my friend and neighbor, Karen Duncan (about to retire from teaching) for helping the enthusiastic kids have fun making their crowns – I owe you! P1000665



And thanks to everybody at Nimbus Publishing (publicist Emily MacKinnon pictured here with Patsy and me) for the book, The Box of Delights Bookshop (yeah Indies!) for hosting, and to illustrator Patsy MacKinnon for the beautiful paintings!

To the parents, grandparents, friends, aunts and uncles, etc. who encourage and nurture a love of books in the young people in their lives – you’re the best!P1000651
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  10 comments for “The King of Keji – Launched!

  1. June 8, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Sounds like a great do! Those kids sure look happy. I love the pictures. All the best Jan.

    • June 12, 2015 at 8:13 am

      A week later, so happy to have the launch behind me:) But it was more fun than I’d anticipated, and it was the first time I had parents bring little kids (probably because this was my first picture book in 10 years, I suppose). Thanks for reading!

  2. mirkabreen
    June 8, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Break open the bubbly,(— that’s the ginger-ale) Jan! Book birthdays are a big deal!

    • June 12, 2015 at 8:14 am

      You’re right, Mirka. Don’t know if I’ll ever get to the point of just deciding to enjoy launches, rather than pre-fretting. Hopefully.

  3. June 8, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I guess you can’t go wrong with kids and crowns! It was a lovely launch and I think everyone had a great time. Can hardly wait for the next one. 😀

    • June 12, 2015 at 8:15 am

      Well, I’m already thinking of pig-type crafts for 2016 – maybe I’ll get to launch that one in Toronto and remain anonymous and not responsible for trying to draw a crowd:)

  4. Becky Shillington
    June 9, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Congratulations, Jan! It looks like you all had a wonderful time. Your book looks beautiful!

    • June 12, 2015 at 8:16 am

      Thanks for saying hi, Becky. Did I read somewhere that you’re in South Carolina? We spend part of the winter on St. Simon’s Island, GA – maybe we’ll meet up someday!

  5. June 11, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Looks like a fabulous launch!

    • June 12, 2015 at 8:17 am

      Thanks, Claudine – it was fun, in the end, but I’ve been a lot more relaxed this week!

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