With my launch party for my debut mystery coming up in just one week, I wonder what kind of stories veteran authors have to tell. I've attended quite a few launches in my hometown, New York City, at the Mysterious Bookshop, where my own celebration will take place, at Partners & Crime, where I truly regret not being there the night Chris Grabenstein brought in a cotton candy machine, and at the sorely-missed Black Orchid, where I treasure a memory of Elizabeth Peters sitting on the stoop puffing on a cigarette and disclosing that (1) she didn't start making a living till her tenth book, and (2) she still enjoyed writing Amelia Peabody but was getting awfully tired of the children. So how about it, folks? What's the worst that could happen? What's the best?