This past weekend was my book launch and I cannot believe the number of people who came out to support me...I am humbled, really, by the show of support from family and friends. Many thanks to everyone who came out to support me and a big thanks to Marti Gorman, my publisher from Buffalo Heritage Unlimited, who made this all a reality for me:) Above is me and my good friend and partner in art crime, Jennifer Seth-Cimini who was one of the first to buy the book.
I couldn't have done any of this without the assistance of my niece Amber Orlando who helped me to plan and organize the launch. She was so helpful! She is starting a party/event planning business called Effortless Occasions and I highly recommend you use her services for your next event. She planned the food, drink, kids activities and display of my art influences that I used during the illustration process. She also took care of all the day of events, food pick up and set up, decorations,
last minute details, etc. I would have pulled my hair out if it were not for her:) Look at how beautifully she set the event.
That's Amber in the middle with her daughter Emily and her cousins Becca and Abby on either side.
In addition her mother-in-law, Terri Orlando, made me the most beautiful cookies that looked just like the dog character Bean from the book! Aren't they adorable!
Several of my students from Villa Maria College came out early to help me with set up and stayed to help me sell books and welcome guests. They are so awesome! Thank you so much Teeanna and Sarah and Brandi! You are the best! And they made delicious desserts for my guests!
I also had my family there helping me with little errands, and many friends who came to support. It was such a great event and we SOLD OUT of our launch quantity of books! The publisher is busy getting more books delivered for my reading at Dog Ear Books this Thursday and my art show at Know Park this coming Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22, 2014. I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's feedback on the book. So far I know that several children were read to sleep by the book Sunday night and that is the biggest compliment of all!