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Best. Day. Ever.

Woohoo! I had SO much fun today it's not even funny.

The day started at 8:30, with me looking up all the B&N's in the area and squealing (literally) when I discovered the inventory status had changed to "In stock" at nearly all of them. Yes!!  I wrote directions down in my handy-dandy notebook.

Since I wrote a book called Prada & Prejudice,  I know you want to  know what kind of shoes I was wearing, so here's the big reveal-->

First stop: Federal Way B&N.  They had five copies sitting at the front counter (I had called them the day before) and I signed them. I didn't get the chance to freak out or take pictures, since I couldn't be all stealth and find them on the shelves.

Next stop: Tukwila B&N.

There, I gleefully discovered Prada & Prejudice on a table for new teen reads.  Six copies!! I may have pet the cover a few times. And took pictures. And grinned like a total buffoon.  I found an employee and then signed the stock, and he promised to sticker them.

Next, I headed up to Bellevue, to their branch near the Bellevue Square. I felt very small town when the parking lot gates confused me. Apparently you can only park for free with purchase. (I purchased a cookie for $1.89 instead of spending $5 on parking.) 

At this store, they had four copies in the new section and another under my name.  While I was signing, a man asked me to personalize a copy for his daughter. I should have probably acted less shocked. Oops.

Bellevue has wifi all over outdoors, so I stopped to snap a pic with my webcam at around 11:00, halfway through my drive-by-extravaganza.

Bellevue has another store about twenty minutes away, so headed that direction. This store ROCKED. When I walked into the teen section, there were four or five teen girls in the aisle, picking up books and talking about which ones they liked. (One had all three of Melissa Marr's out and was talking about them.)  After I signed all five copies and put stickers on them, I put them back. And when I took out my camera to take a picture, one of them stared at me. I said, "Sorry, I probably look psychotic. I"m just excited because I wrote one of these." They asked which one, I told them, and then embarassedly left the aisle and went over to the romance section.

While standing in the romance section I could hear them talk about my book. And one of them started reading the summary to the others, and it was SOOO hard not to slowly inch closer and closer to hear everything they said! But standing there listening to real teens read from my book was the highlight of the entire day for me. I held it together while in the store and then kinda-maybe-sorta burst into tears once in my truck. The cool part, though, is that one of the girls convinced her mom to buy the book.

At the last store, In Issaquah, I signed six more copies, and a woman saw me doing so, picked up a copy and read the back, and then purchased it.

After signing twenty-seven books in five Barnes & Nobles, I went to Red Robin for lunch.

After that, I donned my sunglasses, blasted some music, and headed home.

Now I am at home, watching TV, drinking a diet cherry coke, and wondering how I got so lucky.


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Jun. 12th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a REALLY great day!
Jun. 12th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
What a great story, Mandy!!! I'm living vicariously through you..for one more year!
Jun. 12th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
Very cool Mandy! And your drink looks YUM. :)
Jun. 12th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful day!
Jun. 12th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
What fun! Yay!
Jun. 12th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
Now that was fun! I'll look for your book at B&N tonight!
Jun. 12th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
Great story, Mandy! I'm so glad you had a blast and that it's going well!
Jun. 12th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
Hooray, Mandy!
Hi Mandy! I hope you had a wonderful day! You've reminded me just how extraordinary and memorable it is to have your first book out in the marketplace (I will refer back to your blog on those days when I struggle to create). It's an amazing accomplishment and you have much to be proud of. If you ever trek up to the Alderwood Barnes and Noble to sign some copies, let me know and I'll alert the North Puget Sound that the famous Mandy Hubbard is on her way! Much success to you, Trudi Trueit
Jun. 12th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
Gah! So exciting! That sounds like the best day ever! XD
Jun. 12th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
I have followed your journey from afar (Yorkshire, UK) for sometime.
You deserve this so much; many, many congratulations. You are inspiring, candid and fabulous and I look forward to reading Prada & Prejudice.
Jun. 12th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
sounds like you had a great day! i plan on going to pick mine up this weekend! :)
Jun. 12th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
What a great day! Congrats again on you're release!

My B&N got their shipment in today too so I rushed over and bought one, by the time I got there there was only one left. I can't wait to read it!
Jun. 13th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
Using my Tay icon as always (for you)
I am so glad you had an awesome day.

I sat across from the display of books and grinned when a girl picked up P&P and read the back. I kept whispering "Take it take it take it" and my guy friend who was sitting next to me was like, "Rachel what are you whispering about?" Me: "Umm....noooothing." :-P
Jun. 13th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
Sooooo cool! Thanks for posting! :)
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Jun. 13th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
I love this quote!!
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