On September 6, 2013 Jonathan Maberry held a release party for FIRE AND ASH – his fourth and last book in the ROT AND RUIN series at the Doylestown Bookstore. (I wrote about the release party in my last blog post). Since Jonathan, his wife Sara and their dog Rosie are moving to California this month it was a bitter sweet though heart-felt celebration.
What I didn’t mention in the last post were the snicker doodles.
Last year some of the students in Jonathan’s Teen Experimental Writing class celebrated the release of FLESH AND BONE, the third book in the series, by creating the clock tower in the town of Mountainside. The display also depicted an amazing full-on battle between zombies and towns people (my blog post on it is here).
This year those same students kicked around ideas for a couple of weeks before they chose snicker doodles. While the display wouldn’t be as immense as last years’ they knew the cookies would give them a good canvas upon which they could display the zombie theme. After some hard work they created hundreds of delicious yet terrifying cookies.
After an author writes a book they must then polish, submit, re-write, edit, copy edit and all the other thousands of things that go into finishing a great book. When all that is done and the book published, they must then sell the book. This means also, to some extent, selling themselves. Readings, interviews, talks, and blog tours are all on the schedule.
Release parties fall into this category. Jonathan’s release parties are always fun and the cake tasty but it helps to have friends.