Some writers mark the pub date of their first novel by rushing around to bookstores to see who has it in stock. Some notify their agent that now the on-pub portion of the advance is due. Some merely gloomily contemplate the necessity of now writing another book. John Pitts and his live-wire wife Kathy threw a party for his debut novel from Tor, BLACK BLADE BLUES.
It was a lovely party. Here is the author, looking literary as he signs my copy of his book. Since BLACK BLADE BLUES, an urban fantasy and the first of a trilogy, makes use of Norse mythology, the horns are thus (vaguely) explained:
There were a buffet, a DJ, dancing, and hula hoops. The host cut the cake with a ceremonial sword. Here Corry Lee, a particle physicist, and I are attempting the macarena, woefully out of step. But, then, the macarena itself is pretty out of step in 2010:
Ken Scholes, author of the well-received LAMENTATION, neglected to bring his guitar but promised to bring it to the Locus Awards in June:
Next time I have a book out, I want a party, too. Complete with macarena.