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To Book Launch Party on #STEMPrincess or Not? That is the Question.

So: book launch parties.

On one hand, they’re fun.  You get to mix it up with supporters and fans of your new work, which is cool.  You also and most importantly get to THANK your supporters and partners in public on the book.

On the other hand, I’m not going to lie: they are a TON of work when it comes to putting together correctly.  Almost as much work as writing the book itself.  (And for someone higher on the I than E scale in Myers Briggs, probably more work than writing the book, at least as perceived in my mind.)

Now that STEM Princess is almost done and heading off to the printer soon, I’m contemplating this week whether or not to hold a book launch party.  Again, on one hand, I wrote this book to support girls in Indiana getting smarter about STEM career options, and would love to hi-light options for girls in Indiana to get educated about STEM.

On the other hand, I’m pretty tapped financially and mentally when it comes to the daunting idea of throwing a book launch party on this (and I along with my company have invested a LOT of time, money and energy into this project already.)  The Kickstarter campaign, while it helped raise enough $$ for books for the Indiana public library system, did not leave me a lot of wiggle room for an additional book launch party.

I decided to test the universe on this one – I sent an email to some of my favorite savvy and most-connected friends locally who volunteered to help out in order to see what they thought.  While I still don’t have any answers here, let me just say that I’m a firm believer in the Universe handing back to me exactly what I need on this project, and exactly what the girls of Indiana need as well.  If it comes back and says, “SOIREE ON!”, I’ll go with it.  But if I don’t hear anything back, I’ll know that I at least put the energy out there to check and see what’s up.

I’m open, dear universe…

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