June 10, 2008

Book Birthing Day


Opened up my email this morning, and the first thing I saw was a celebratory note from Jama at Alphabet Soup, whose soup of the day made me smile. An e-card full of anagrams -- crazy ones, I wish you could see them -- came from Little Willow. (And I agree, LW -- Ultrasonic Tango could quite possibly be the coolest anagram of 'congratulations' ever!) Finally, I received notes from all the Poetry, who know what it means to have worked really hard, be neurotic about what you've come up with, but throw it out there anyway.

Yep, my first major published work, A LA CARTE, begins to be uncrated from cardboard to land on bookstore shelves, and my sincere thanks to everyone who has been so encouraging and supportive. You guys are amazing. Kirkus Reviews said, Davis’s debut offering is as delightful and fulfilling as the handwritten recipes-in-progress included at the end of each chapter. More importantly, my Mom said, "Oh, hon, that's really cute."

Really, it's almost exactly what Kirkus said.

PS -- Jackie, now I'll *never* forget your birthday. Have a happy, you teapot loving, crossword doing, crazy person, you!

27 comments:

divatobe said...

Brava!

Kelly said...

Yahoo! Go Tadmack! You rock. In your honor I will PURCHASE a copy of your book :)

Kelly said...

P.S. Will you sign it for me?

a. fortis said...

Sheesh, I totally forgot about this--even as I made plans with you to find bookstores to visit. What a dork I am!

Fab alphabet soup, though...

Sheila said...

Congratulations, Tadmack! What a beautiful baby. And a good review from Kirkus - that's something to be proud of! Yay!

TadMack said...

A.F., I forgot until I saw Jama's email. Who's dorky now?

Ah, Kelly, of *course* I'll sign it. I even got a special pen as a gift for that...

Colleen said...

That is one gorgeous cover - I mean really really spectacular. Wow!

Congrats and consider yourself hugged!

Jen Robinson said...

Yay, TadMack!!! I'll be purchasing my copy, too. And of course I'll want to get it signed, one of these days. Wish you could come to the KidLit conference... Meanwhile, bask in the day!1

Little Willow said...

HAPPY BOOKDAY TO YOU!

I love your mom's reaction!

I think your next book should be called Ultrasonic Tango - or, actually, I might be able to use that for (or in) one of my WIPs.

a. fortis said...

I forgot to point this out, but I ADORE Ultrasonic Tango.

Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

Gorgeous cover--I'm sure that what's inside is even better. Enhorabuena!--and I can't wait to read it.

C.K. said...

Yay, Tad! I've got my copy on order up here. Can't wait to read it.

jama said...

Yay for you! Looking forward to making another bowl of soup when Ultrasonic Tango comes out.
(Start cooking, girl!)

Susan T. said...

Yay, TadMack! I am thrilled for you. I'm going to the local bookstore as soon as I can! Yippee.

Disco Mermaids said...

...delightful and fulfilling... Woo-hoo!

Doing the Ultrasonic Tango for ya!!!

- Jay

Sarah Rettger said...

Congrats!

Sherri L. Smith said...

Congratulations Ms. T! I will run to my bookstore this weekend and make sure all of your copies are facing front. Everyone, call your bookstore and demand to know if they are carrying it. Guerrilla marketing at its best.

Cheers!

Jules at 7-Imp said...

WAHOO and CONGRATS! I can't flippin' wait to read it!

liquidambar said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sara said...

Yay! Congratulations! I'll be stopping by a bookstore this weekend to pick up a copy to read on vacation! (and of course, I've already made my library order one too!)

TadMack said...

THANK YOU EVERYONE.
You guys are all so very supportive, and I appreciate each one of you so very much!

I'm pounding the pavement, meeting with indie booksellers this week, introducing myself and beaming at them (and begging them to carry my book). So far, it can only be ordered from Borders, but the five indies in Sonoma County that I checked with are carrying it. Yay!

Meanwhile, my editor has just sent contacted me to work on NEXT year's release! Aargh! But in a good way.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Hurrah hurrah! I just ordered your book from my favorite independent bookseller. Maybe we could email you envelopes for signed bookplates? Just a thought. (Clare Dunkle does that, as she lives in Germany most of the time.)

Elaine Magliaro said...

Tadmack,

Congratulations! You must be walking on air at the moment. I'm going to order a copy of "A La Carte" tomorrow. I wish you great success with your first published book.

msmac said...

Congratulations Tadmack. I can't wait to purchase it! Hopefully we will meet and you can sign it one day.

Vivian said...

Congratulations!

Jen Robinson said...

Hey, Tanita! Just wanted to say that I loved the book. No time yet for a formal review - family obligations will be calling for a few days (and I'm not sure how formal it will be anyway, because I don't feel 100% objective about the whole thing), but I wanted to tell you that I thought it was great. I loved the footnotes on the recipes. And I truly felt for Laine in her relationship with Sim - knowing that she deserved to be treated better by a friend, but still... Anyway, it's a great book! Everyone should read it.

TadMack said...

Jen -- THANK YOU! I still get nervous about whether or not it was good enough...! So glad you enjoyed it!