Or not. These days, launch parties are few and far between. Like every other business, publishing has felt the cold bite of recession. Twitter has taken up the slack; writers are generous with good wishes and congratulations, as are readers. Flowers do arrive; editors are thoughtful like that.
But deep inside, there's a glow. A warm throb of happiness and satisfaction. I've written a novel. And what's more somebody thinks its good enough to publish! The effort that goes into creating a book is enormous. Not just from the author - I'm sure you're bored by now of all our bleating about a job we do in pyjamas - but from a team of committed professionals. The cover. The blurb. The optimum date to publish. The selling to stores. The giveaways. The Pr. It's the pinnacle of a long process. It deserves trumpets and street parties but like so much else in the writing life, it happens quietly.