Thursday, July 2, 2015
The big day has come and gone and I still can't believe it. I'm sort of writing less now...how ironic is that? Not that I've been resting...far from it...so much to do still and plan. I've been dropping off books at the various bookshops and meeting with the folks at the library, planning other book signings and presentations, doing my PR and tying up loose ends before I head over to the sister-isle.
I could not have had a better group of speakers: everyone was so witty and made me sound like a charming, fun loving person (that always gets her way!) My master of ceremonies, Avolon did an excellent job of adding a personal touch to the event with her poise and animated stories of our memories together. She connected all the dots as persons saw beyond the words and got to know a little more about the author. I found myself laughing and smiling and very honoured to have her as a friend as I realized how deep our friendship ran.
Marie-Ella's invocation was beautiful and pure and set the tone for the event. I've only known her a few months and she really came through for me as a beta reader and even accompanied me to Tobago in March and was there every step of the way throughout this process. I am forever grateful.
And Patrice!! oh em gee....Patrice!! She brought the house down as everyone now wants her to do a CD! The tribute to my Dad was beautiful...Wind Beneath My Wings brought tears to my mother's eyes and what the songstress said in between sets tugged at my heart strings...her original Jazz composition was incredible beyond words, so much so, 2 days later people are still talking about it! I love you dear girl...your talent and sincerity will take you to places beyond your wildest dreams.
Patricia (my editor) ...was funny as hay and added the realism to the book....both her and Marsha (my reviewer) made me sound so good...even I had to step back and really listen as I recalled the content of my book and how far I've journeyed! I feel so blessed to have them as part of my celebration and journey.
Nadia and Yohann! Wonderful, dramatic and captivating readings that made you visualize the road I just travelled. Thank you! I even got lost in a time warp as I listened. Yohann also a beta reader and my marketing support and advisor throughout this experience...you are a true gem. Nadia my true blue...no matter what, you've always stuck at my side. Words can't do justice to express my appreciation.
Finally Bianca was the icing on the cake to seal the deal and tie all of the elements together as she recalled my development through the years in her closing remarks. I remember laughing out loud at 2 o'clock in the morning as I remembered some of things she said!
My remarks which came before allowed me to connect with my audience and I couldn't believe it when people started to laugh at my jokes! lolol...My heart is soo full right now, I feel any minute now little multi-coloured hearts could burst from my chest! I am thinking of posting that speech to my blog for persons who couldn't be there.
I truly wish I could have recorded the event, but I will not dwell. I am thankful for the memories and the picture slideshow made me remember by Dad who inspired this book. I hope he was there in spirit.
I am still amazed at how well the launch turned out, after freaking out for so many weeks and months. Of course this took months of planning and research and I am thankful that I have friends who were willing to help. I just told someone tonight if I could have seen into the future I would have invited TV to cover the event. I am however glad that some media showed up. Oh, well there's always next time lol.
Most of all I am happy for all the people that showed up to support me and also help on the day. That means the world to me. Persons who have attended, expressed delight for their experience on the day, even saying they were inspired to start their own business or take their existing business to the next level. How about that!? It is a deeply moving and humbling experience to know that my book (and launch) could have that effect!
Yet I still have doubts from time to time...so I may have to re-read my book! I will stay committed to seeing this through to the end this time. All I have to do is look at the pictures and remember the love.
Special thank you to NALIS for coming out on a Sunday!
The media: The Newsday, Deborah John and Verdel at the Express
My old boss lady who was the chief cook and bottle washer on the day lol aka Aunty Marion
Sherry Ann Lee
My photographer - Neville Alexander
My caterer Natasha Cooper
Dr. Basil Springer and his wife Judy for coming
My two author friends Maxine and Akosua
RIK, The Book Sauce, Metropolitan and Charran's St. James
And everyone in between!
Peace & Love
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