Thursday, January 14, 2016

Meanwhile, on the Miracle front...

The Chit Chat Café at Mensing's Caminada, Curaçao's largest
bookstore. The café has graciously agreed to host us for
the launch.
The Miracle of Small Things has come home. Thanks to the wonderful people at Mensing's Caminada bookstore, the book is now for sale here in Curaçao, the island that gave it life. The official launch is planned for Saturday Feb. 13th, but we decided that—due to the long wait—it was a good idea to put a few copies up for sale pre-launch.

Why the long wait? Why not do the launch earlier—now, for instance? Or—as we'd originally planned—before Christmas and the big shopping season? Yes, that would've made sense. But living on an island that no one (including international postal services) can find on a map has its drawbacks.

The two bags of books I picked up
at the post office on Dec. 20th
Shipping costs to Curaçao are... well, rather steep. So, to keep the price of the book reasonable (and allow for the bookstore's percentage, too), we needed to order during one of Lulu.com's free shipping promotions. They happen about once a month, but they're not predictable. In the end, I placed the order sometime in the beginning of November and thought (silly me) we could plan the Curaçao launch for December 19th.

The books arrived Dec. 20th.

Of course I'd cancelled with the bookstore already... and it was too short notice to reschedule before Christmas. First two weeks of January were also out (everyone's too exhausted from the holidays, emotionally and financially) — which brought us into Carnaval season.

Curaçao goes all-out nuts twice a year: for New Year's, and for Carnaval (Mardi Gras). There's a children's parade, a teener parade, a big-people parade (or 'adult', but that sounds like it's rated R or something... ) that happens twice: on Sunday afternoon and Tuesday night (the actual Mardi Gras). Preparations for all this starts months before (like, as soon as the thing is over the previous year), and the closer Carnaval comes, the narrower islanders' attention spans get.

No photo can do the madness and joy of Curaçao's Carnaval justice.
During the four or five weeks before Carnaval, any unrelated event will go utterly unnoticed. Therefore, we rescheduled for the Saturday after Carnaval. (And I'm keeping fingers crossed that people won't be too exhausted or still hung-over or nursing feet injuries or something...)

Below is a preview of the poster announcing the event. What do you think? I'm off to Mexico for 10 days today, so I won't be working on it until I'm back... Plenty of time to get some feedback to improve it :)


15 comments :

  1. Oh I am certain it will do well and would like to read this book. Carnival sounds like fun but hectic

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    1. Thank you, Birgit! I'm very curious to see how Curaçao receives this book... It's an expat's take, so I suppose some people will find it unrealistic or not quite true to the island's reality. A few Curaçaoans have read it already and have enjoyed it, but it'll be nice to get feedback from a larger audience. You're absolutely right about Carnaval (they don't say Carnival here)... it really is totally hectic. I went the first three or four years I was here, then quit :D

      Thanks for the visit!

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    2. Oh, P.S. – the book is available (both paperback and ebook) in all online retailers. Lulu.com has the best deals, but Amazon has it too, as does B&N, Kobo, etc. If you do get a copy and read it, I'd love to know what you think! <3

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  2. I haven't been following you very long and wasn't aware of the book. I wish you well.

    Love,
    Janie

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  3. Sounds like an exotic opening to me, but for you it's home. Pretty cool though. I hope you do well with the home crowd.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Thanks so much, Lee! Haha... yes, I can see how it could sound exotic. Especially the vagueness in delivery times and scheduling :D (No, kidding.) I'll be sure to get some photos of the launch party to share here with you :) Thanks for the visit!

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  4. Hi Guilie - oh well all good plans can get readjusted .. thank goodness for the Carnival. That's great it's rearranged and is local ... I'm sure it will be well received ... love the poster for your book ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks, Hilary! Indeed, flexibility is a skill well worth having (or developing). We're keeping fingers crossed that the local audience enjoys it :) And thanks for the feedback on the poster; I'm glad you like it!

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  5. Great invitation Guilie, it jumps with its warmth ...

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    1. Thank you, Susan! So glad you like it :)

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  6. Now you make me wonder if there's Mardi Gras stuff here. It sounds so excited and fun. But yeah, good planning there for your book launch, and I love the poster!

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    1. I'm so happy to hear you liked the poster, Gwen! And now I'm curious about your own Mardi Gras traditions (if any)... Let me know when you find out! And thanks for the visit :)

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  7. Hi Guilie - I was a lucky winner of your book and I have now posted my review of your wonderful book on my blog along with how to get hold of a copy and the Curacao launch poster above (featuring the dog is a great idea). I wish you every success :) Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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    1. Thank you so, so much! It's a gorgeous review, so generous, so well thought out... It made me feel wonderful to read it. Thanks for letting me know! I've shared it, so you'll be seeing maybe a bit more traffic than usual, I hope :)

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