Thursday, 1 April 2010

Party!
















Well, we're all set up here and ready to welcome you to the Book Maven's 1st birthday party, the only place in town where you can eat delicious snacks without piling on calories and drink lots of prosecco without losing your licence.

I'll be here all day and evening so just drop by and say high.

The speech

I won't thank everyone I've ever known but just say that I started the Book Maven blog when I handed over the magazine Armadillo to a new editor after running it for ten years. Rhiannon Lassiter was first my Quark-editor and then my online editor when we moved from paper copies to the Internet.

I wanted to stay involved with trends in children's publishing and also to be able to read the latest books, preferably before publication. But as you know, as Maven I don't just do reviews. The first year has been been bracketed by two trips to the Bologna Book Fair, which gives good opportunities for Mavening - scouting almost.

So that's it. Enjoy the party, spread the word, and if you feel like giving a birthday present, become a Follower!

(My publishers have kindly nominated me for a Blog award and want me to encourage you to vote here:
http://tinyurl.com/yfnpjc4 - there are prizes to be won)

34 comments:

Luisa Plaja said...

Hello! Am I the first one at the party? And if it's a 1st birthday party, does that mean there will be mashed banana? :)
Huge congratulations on your 1st year!

Stroppy Author said...

Happy First Birthday, Mary :-) I don't want any mashed banana, can I have cheese straws, please? I have to go to London now but I'll drop by for prosecco and to see the blown-out candles this evening.

Thank you for a fantabulous blog:-) Have a lovely day with lots of guests xxx

Marjorie said...

Happy Blog-Birthday (Raises virtual glass of Virtual prosecco)

Book Maven said...

Luisa, yes you are my first guest! I hadn't thought of mashed banana but you can have anything you desire. Which in Anne's ade will be lots of prosecco and cheese straws. You go to London as much as I do!

Cheers, Marjorie!

catdownunder said...

Happy Blog-Birdday to Ewe! (Thankyou for supplying me with tuna!) Purr!

fionadunbar said...

Happy birthday, Mrs Maven!

Auntie Polly said...

Happy blog birthday & keep up the excellent work!
Looking forward to meeting up at UCLan after the holidays.

Book Maven said...

There's a nice bowl of cream for you here too, Cat.

Ta muchly Mrs Bling.

Love your photo, Auntie Polly! I think that's what my Lorenzo sees in the mirror.

Lucy Coats said...

Buon Compleanno, carissima Maven! I shall have a large cappucino and some ricciarelli please. And I am looking forward to catching up with all your Bologna and SofA adventures later on when I have detoxed Lovely Daughter's rucksack, so you'll see me again. x

Book Maven said...

By the magic of the Interweb they shall be those ricciarelli you sent me from Siena - the best ever!

Good luck with rucksack - she sounds immensely intrepid.

Linda Strachan said...

Happy blog Birthday, Mary, and wishing you many more blog birthday parties.
I brought along some pandoro to go with the prosecco.

Just been communicating with Becky, too, so here's a glass raised to the Trieste Triangle!

Katherine Langrish said...

And many happy returns! (I'll pass on the mashed banana, but raising a glass of virtual prosecco with the others. Mmmm!)

Keren David said...

Happy blog birthday..and congratulations on the launch of your new book too!

Elen Caldecott said...

Happy Blog Birthday! How about I take that nasty banana and turn it into banoffee pie? There, that's better. Who wants a slice?

kathryn evans said...

Happy, happy Blog birthday, thanks for the cake - completely delicious and I don't have to go jogging to get rid of the calories. :O)

Celia said...

Hi Mary, Happy blog party! Virtual prosecco and virtual cake - delicious!

Seriously, your mavening has made you a different kind of presence in the children's book world - author as maven - that's foxed 'em! And your blog is a brilliant example of how it should be done. well done! Now then, where did I put my glass...

Damian Harvey said...

Happy Birthday Mary, it's amazing how quickly this last year has flown by. Keep up the good work - and hope to see you soon...

Damian
x

adele said...

Happy Birthday Maven....count me in on that virtual prosecco and I wouldn't mind a bit of tiramisu if you have any lying about....

Sue Hyams said...

Happy Birthday! I look forward to many more years of reading pleasure. Cheers!

Yunaleska said...

Congrats on reaching the one year mark! Yay! May there be lots of cake.

rhiannonlassiter said...

Happy first birthday! Is a one-year-old allowed to drink? I shall raise glass of Prosecco for you.

maryom said...

Happy Birthday! Did someone mention tiramisu? Yes, please.

bookwitch said...

Phew! I'm back. If there is any coffee cake left, I'll have a slice, please.

Book Maven said...

Sorry I slipped away there for a bit. Had to go to supermarket for more prosecco and cake. There is indeed coffee cake, Ann, and tiramisu for all who want it.

The banoffee pie was an inspired idea, Elen. Has been v. popular.

Ellen Renner said...

Great party, Maven, and wishing you many happy returns! Champagne and chocolate cake, yum!

Katherine Roberts said...

Reclusive Muse has written you a birthday song...

Happy birthday to you,
Wine and tiramisu,
Happy birthday dear Author Maven,
Happy Birthday to you!

Congratulations on blogging for a whole year - my poor little unicorn is exhausted after only three months, but he's only a foal still so I'm hoping he'll grow stronger.

Book Maven said...

Thank you, Katherine's Muse! I can honestly say no unicorn has ever written me a poem before.

Not quite sure what he would like to eat and drink. Hay seems a bit prosaic for such a gorgeous beast - perhaps spun barley sugar?

Nicky S (Absolute Vanilla) said...

Happy Blog Birthday, Mary/Maven! Congratulations!
And mmm, look at all the lovely goodies upon which to feast! Yum!
Here's to many more years of blogging!

Sue Purkiss said...

Happy birthday, Madame Maven - here's cheers to you!

Book Maven said...

Nipped out for a glass of real wine and some rel Thai food.

But now I'm back I think we should all raise a glass to poor Nicola Morgan who has been moving house in the rain today. She is a blogger extraordinaire over at Help I Need a Publisher (see side bar).

Also Jane Smith at How Publishing Really Works who, I believe is also moving house today (what a day to pick girls) and has had the benefit of extraordinarily obtuse removal men.

Here's to them and to us!

Penny Dolan said...

Apologies, Book Maven, Late as usual, but bringing some Yorkshire parkin and strong Betty's brew as a diversion from the Italianate fare. Good wishes to all bloggers and movers - and even the shakers!

michelle lovric said...

Happy Birthday
tanti auguri da Venezia.
Did Bookwitch eat all the coffee cake?
As I'm so late, I'm bringing some alka seltzer for all those who overpartied.
xx
Michelle

Book Maven said...

Benvenuta, Michelle!There is still coffee cake, tiramisu, parkin, Pandoro,banoffee pie ...Yes perhaps we do need Alka-seltzer and peppermint tea after all that!

Lucy Coats said...

Pour me a cup of peppermint, Maven dear. I seem to have overindulged in almost everything. But it was a great party all the same!