May 2020 Iditarod Nights launch
Early last year, Multnomah County Library asked if I'd be interested in working with Ooligan Press – a student-run teaching press affiliated with
Portland State University and its College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – to revise and republish my romance
Iditarod Nights in collaboration with the
Library Writers Project (the ebook was the featured title from the Library Writers Project in August 2017). I was honored and viewed the offer as
an opportunity to bring the story up to date, and to work with a dedicated team of grad students. I learned so much in the year that followed, about myself
and my writing and how a younger generation of professionals view the world.
But Oregon has been in COVID-19 lockdown since mid-March, and as the April 14 release date approached, it became clear this wouldn't be your typical launch,
with a book-signing party or bookstore appearances. I couldn't even share a celebratory cake with my workshop group, because all spring courses at MHCC had been
The resourceful team at Ooligan proposed a book launch video, produced by the author, that they could post on social networks. My project manager said I could
just use my smartphone, as though it would be a breeze. It probably would have been, for her. It was a steep learning curve for somebody who was still getting
comfortable with the idea of using a phone for more than just making calls. But we'd all worked too hard on this project for me to drop the ball now. After two weeks
of frustration, stubbornness, and with the help of a great digital crew at Ooligan, I had a book launch video.
Multnomah County Library planned to give the book front-facing shelf status in all their branches, but all the branches are closed at the moment.
Plan B: write a post for the library's website:
"In the Spirit of Adventure and Happy Endings: Cindy Hiday talks about her book Iditarod Nights."
And for a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges Ooligan's design team experienced when it came to the book's cover, read
"Designing Romance Covers: What Works?"
All in all, it's been a book launch to remember!