Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Walter White Wednesday 100!

Ready for signing!
It's been a long time coming, but finally I can announce that Wanna Cook? The Complete, Unofficial Companion to Breaking Bad has been successfully launched! Ensley wrote about the launch over on his blog, but I'd like to say a few things here as well. First off, THANK YOU! to everyone who supported this event! That includes a bevy of local businesses here in our hometown who deserve a public shout-out:

  • Dragonfly Wine Market, who provided the wine for the event (no Schraderbrau, but you can't have everything, can you? Wink!)
  • Holly's Flowers, who provided us with a delicate (and deadly!) bouquet of lily-of-the-valley for the signing table
  • Joe's Place, who offered customers who came in with a signed copy a free dessert the night of the signing
  • Lily Bean's Micro-Roasted Coffee, who provided coffee and "Blue Sky" mini cupcakes for the launch and also offered the "Lydia Special" the day of the launch
  • Newt's Pub Burgers, who offered the "Heisenburger" and "Jesse's Blue Chips" the day of the launch, along with the special Crystal Blue Shake
  • Ni Fen Bistro, who provided awesome food for the launch, as well as offering customers who came in with a signed copy of the book a free order of fantastic potstickers
  • Pleasant City Wood Fired Grille, who offered customers who came in with a signed copy of the book a 10% discount on their order that night
  • . . . and of course, an extra round of applause for Fireside Books & Gifts, who hosted the event! 
Really, I don't have the words (funny, being a writer and all) to explain how wonderful the night was.  Two years of extremely hard work - don't let anyone tell you that writing isn't work - came together in a marvelous evening that was marked by an outpouring of love, support, and excitement over Breaking Bad.
Great crowd!
Checking the purity!
Longtime fan!
How's the book doing, you ask?  Quite well - this morning, Wanna Cook? was ranked at #8 in a sub-sub category on Amazon (okay, add another "sub" to that). Our publisher, ECW Press, seems quite happy with the initial reception and our UK publisher (Myrmidon) is posting pictures from the launch on their Twitter feed. We're getting nice press locally, on book lovers blogs, and on review sites.  So really - buy a copy or three!

Still not sure what makes Breaking Bad so special? I think this tribute by Alexandre Gasulla sums it up beautifully . . .

And an extra-large congratulations! to Bryan Cranston on his Tony nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of LBJ in All the Way.  The play also was nominated for Best Play - quite an achievement!

No comments: