Joni, who is a long-time professional event planner, said the event itself was exceptionally well-done. There was champagne and food set up before Meg began at 7:00, and it was still there when the formal presentation was done. Everybody mingled before and after.
A couple of minutes after 7:00, Ellen Sussman, who I have reviewed before and who is a good friend of Meg's, introduced Meg. And what an introduction it was. She not only talked about Meg's writing skills but also told everybody what a great friend she is and what a terrific support for other authors. Ellen did a great job of making us all feel how special Meg is.
Then Meg took over. The 1st thing she did, which was really cool, was introduce all of the local authors that were in attendance. I counted 12. And she also pulled a few of their books from the shelves and showed them to the audience during a number of the introductions. Being a book blogger and a big fan of local authors, I loved that she did that. After the introductions, she spoke a little bit about the background for her book and then did some reading. When that was done, she took questions and, finally, signed books (yours truly bought her new book and had it personalized).
I have been to hundreds of author events and quite a few launches among them. But this was definitely right near the top for the 4 E's: Enthusiasm, Enjoyment, Excitement, and Execution (I just made those up!). I've now read 2 of Meg's last 3 books - The Four Ms. Bradwells and The Wednesday Sisters. I will soon be adding The Wednesday Daughters to that list.
Ellen introducing Meg
Meg signing her book