The Book Party

A couple of weeks ago, Friday, May 18, I had my first ever BOOK RELEASE PARTY for my contemporary mythology tale, A Stranger’s Child. Hosted by the Karnitz Art Gallery, it was a splendid little affair.

Despite ASC being my fourth publication, this was my first launch. I’ve facilitated three Word of Arts, each with a hard cover, full-color book, but I shared the stage with 60 other amazingly talented authors and artists for those receptions.

This was MY gig.

Have you met me? I do not enjoy public speaking.
(that’s an understatement)
As I mentioned in the party announcement blog, I was both EXCITED

and a little nervous.


I was a LOT nervous.

But Cindy Karnitz, gallery owner, event organizer, and decades long friend, and her assistant, Sabrina Tassoni, took care of me. The MANY supportive friends and family that attended the event–both the drop-ins to say “Hey” and “Good luck!” and also those who stuck around to chat, listen, and buy a book, made the experience down right enjoyable.

Despite being the first City Market with throngs of locals falling upon the downtown Rockford area (and filling most every available parking space!), we had about thirty people through, not including the handful of art lovers who did a quick perusal of the wonderful pieces featured in the “MAY FLOWERS” exhibit (it IS an art gallery, after all!). More than twenty filled the audience as I did my (rapid) readings. (Hey, if you missed what I said, read the book!) I was pleased by the attendance of the ones I knew were coming and also by the ones who surprised me. And honestly, the ever knocking notification of my cell phone with the copious texts of well-wishes and regrets, added to my fulfillment.


It was very cool.
I’m glad I did it.
I would totally do it again.
(Book Two in The Pandoran Legacy?)

And I think YOU should do it, too.

I have a LOT of author friends and yet, mine is only the second book release party I’ve attended. C’mon, writers! Do it! It’s fun! Considering the myriad days of solitary pounding on the keys, the hours lost querying, pitching, formatting, all while battling personal uncertainty, don’t you think you deserve to put your doubts to rest and let people know about your amazing book?

Cindy’s calendar is filling up fast, but if you’re interested in renting the gallery for your event, contact her through the Karnitz Art Gallery Facebook page, here. If the space is available, she’s very accommodating and competitively priced. If KAG is not available (or your book isn’t out yet), check around. Make plans! Seriously, give it a try, your published book is worth the effort.

Thank you again to everyone who has supported my writing and publication efforts.
I really appreciate it.


Be sure and check out other Karnitz Art Gallery events, including a writing session I’ll be hosting called Liquor & Letters, a sort of in-class writing Prompt Club with, well, liquor and letters. Join us Friday, June 22 for our first meeting!

I will be selling and signing at the Chicago Printers Row Lit Fest again this year. You can find me Saturday, May 9 from 3 to 6 pm with the Chicago Writers Association in Tent O.

I will have copies of Pocket Money and A Stranger’s Child available.

I’m proud to announce I have TWO short stories in The Write City Review – the Chicago Writers Association anthology of poetry, short stories, essays, and book excerpts drawn from the Chicago Writers Association’s online publication, The Write City Magazine, which will also be for sale.

I better start exercising my hand so I’m ready to sign all those autographs, 😉

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About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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