Four days back, I did something I haven’t done for years: speak on stage. In front of a bunch of people. Voluntarily! Well, it was my first book launch and I had no choice but to step up and speak. Ignoring my pounding heart and shaky knees, I delivered the speech I had been practicing for the past few days. Thankfully, it wasn’t all too bad, and more importantly, it was over quite soon. Phew! So that’s finally behind me!
But, with the good comes the bad. Remember how I had mentioned in the last post that I hadn’t even received the hard copies of my books, and that I would be getting them right on the day of the launch? Well, of course that made me nervous, but I trusted my publishers enough to know that they would come out the way they looked on my laptop, and as per our discussions. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as expected.
I had a bad feeling when they told me that instead of that morning, I would get the copies just a few minutes before the launch. To be on the safe side, I requested Aamir to pick up the books from their place by afternoon. It’s a pretty long drive from our place to theirs, and he walked in just a few minutes before we had to leave. One look at Aamir’s face was enough to tell me that something wasn’t right. He wordlessly handed me a book and I screamed loudly on the inside. No! This couldn’t be happening!
The color of the cover was so different from what we had sent! It was a dull blue instead of the bright blue it should have been. With no time to get mad or feel sad, I tried to not think and talk about it. Yes, I cribbed about it a bit, but it was all very contained.
Post the event, we went out for a celebratory dinner and shortly after, hit the sack. I tried hard to focus on the positives, but my thoughts kept going back to the botched cover. Sure, other people didn’t complain as they didn’t know what was amiss, but I did!
The next day, I scrutinized the entire book. To my utter dismay, I saw quite a few things that were not how they should be. Since only a 100 copies were printed, we are now working on fixing the next batch.
Okay, to be honest, it really sucks that this happened. But hey, it’s in the past now, and at least the content is completely fine. So I might as well try to look past it, and hold on to this feeling instead: despite all the self-doubt and setbacks, my book is finally out there in the world. And nothing should dampen that euphoria.
And before I forget, here are some photos from the launch:
Our books were displayed on this cute cart right near the entrance:
That’s me holding a copy:
And that’s me speaking!
Me trying to look at ease during the panel discussion…seems like it worked, right? 😉
Gleefully signing one of my copies 😀
Got some press coverage as well <3
That’s all folks 🙂