Just start reading! Guest post by Sara Leach
On October 14, 2011, I held a book launch for my new novel for 9-13 year olds, Count Me In, as part of the 10th annual Whistler Readers and Writers Festival. It was held at the Whistler Public Library.
The book features Tabitha, who hikes to Lake Lovely Water with her cousins, Ashley and Cedar. Tabitha is less than thrilled about hiking, and even less excited about spending time with her cousins who seem to be set on making her life miserable.
We had a great turn out, with 40 people attending, ranging from small kids to adults. As I was part way through my introduction of the book, a seven-year-old boy called out, “Just start reading!” So I did. When I stopped and asked if there were any questions, he called out again,“Yeah, when are you going to read some more?”
Once I satisfied his need to hear the story, we had a lively conversation about the book and writing for children, followed by refreshments and book signing. Dan Ellis, owner of our amazing local bookstore, Armchair Books, attended and sold books. Thanks to him and the gang at Orca for helping to make the event a success!
Learn more about Count Me In on the Orca Book Publishers website.