CRACKED: The K.M. Walton Book Launch

Sunday, January 8, 2012

I love book launch parties, and last night's party for K.M. Walton (at the Chester County Book & Music Company) was nothing short of spectacular.  I believe the entire state of Pennsylvania showed up, and then some.  I know there was love in the room.  You would have thought we were attending a basketball game, given all the whooping going on, the whistling and cheering. It takes a long time to write a book, a long time to publish it, and then there's that stretch of awful lonesome when you don't know who will care about what you've done, or if anyone will buy it.

If you don't stop to celebrate, then you've missed the best part of the deal.  With a CRACKED cake and cupcakes, with a buffet table and street teams, with signature hunters lined up for miles, and with that sunshine smile on her lovely face, K.M. Walton celebrated in style. 

And here we are—just a few of the thousands—celebrating with her.  You've got Kathye Fetsko Petrie, Ilene Wong, A.S. King, and yours truly in the mix.  You've also got one of the nicest gestures I've seen at a book launch party—a table celebrating the books of K.M. Walton's friends. 

Here's to a long life for CRACKED.  Happy First Book Week, Kate.


bermudaonion said...

It makes my heart soar when I see a crowd at a book event.

meghanbp said...

It WAS a spectacular night. Kate has dedicated her life to being kind to others and last night was no exception. The table of her "author friends" was her idea because she LOVES to "pay-it-forward" every chance she gets. That's why EVERY hoot & holler from the massive crowd was well deserved. I don't want to be hasty buuut, I think K.M. Walton is going to do big things and the New York Times "Best Seller's List" just may have found their new #1 book :)

Lenore Appelhans said...

Aw! I wish I could have been there. I loved CRACKED so much.

K. M. Walton said...

Oh, Beth, this post warms my heart. Thank you very much for coming to help me celebrate. Looking out at all of those incredible faces will go down in my personal history as one of the best moments!

Joanne Fritz said...

I love authors! Especially when they come together, as they did last night, to support one of their own. There were quite a few others there in addition to yourself and the ones you mentioned, including Dianne Salerni, Amy Holder, Amy Garvey, and some upcoming 2K12 authors. Love you all! Hope I didn't miss anyone.

Beth, thanks for the heads up on this post. The success of the launch party was entirely due to Kate's tireless efforts.

Serena said...

Wonderful. Looks like a great event...I love when events like these are crowded and take longer than event places much fun and great energy

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