Today’s the formal release date for The History of the Medieval World.
It’s actually been shipping for weeks; “publication day” is a myth, as I’ve noted before. But as of today it’s officially shipping. Also, over the next couple of weeks the book should get decent positioning closer to the front of bricks-and-mortar stores, before returning to the “History” shelves to hang out with its own kind for the rest of its life.
Contrary to what you might think from reading about the glamorous lives of authors, publisher-sponsored publication parties are few and far between. You probably get one if you 1) live in Manhattan and/or 2) hit the New York Times bestseller list on a regular basis, and/or 3) work in publishing, thus rendering it embarrassing for your colleagues not to throw a party.
The rest of us get to throw parties for ourselves.
So we’ve having dinner with friends, and I’m baking. I’ve just finished making a white velvet cake with a chocolate ganache frosting for us to party with here, and I’m getting ready to make a German chocolate cake with coconut and pecan filling to take to dinner tonight.
In this house, celebration equals carbohydrates. So grab a cookie or a handful of chocolate chips and join me in a virtual publication party. (And hey, if you happen to see the book stacked on a front table at a nearby store, snap a picture with your cell phone and send it to the webmaster at welltrainedmind.com.)