As promised, I’m sharing a bit more about the packages I mailed out this week in advance of the June 4th release of NOW? NOT YET!
For each of my author/illustrated books, I have sent out a select number of packages to independent bookstores across the US. It’s my way of connecting with booksellers and hopefully, getting them excited about my book for their readers. Since Peanut & Moe are on an outdoor adventure this time, I wanted to include a mini sketchbook that one might use for nature journaling or drawing. The frenetic yellow bird appears a few times in the story, too.
I do love making swag, so I also included two pins (made by Pure Buttons) so you can choose and declare whether you are a PEANUT or a MOE. And a bookmark with a fun reverse side that lets you mark your book as NOW or NOT YET with a simple flip. AND… a fortune teller. This time the game is ‘Can We Go Swimming NOW?’ *Spoiler alert: most of the choices end with NOT YET! (Bookmark and fortune teller printed by GotPrint)
I always include a personalized note, and if the store is local(ish) I mention that I would love to have a reading at their store.
Since Peanut & Moe now have two books I figured they deserve their own oversize rubber stamp for mailings!
I won’t lie. These are an incredible amount of work and a significant investment financially. But I really do enjoy putting them together, and much like my books, I do it with heart and fun.
I always consider doing a pre-order giveaway but the idea of that feels a bit harder to justify (how many will i have to do? will I be shipping like crazy while preparing for book events? is that really helping my book reach more readers?). For these, I can control the number of packages I send and get them out a month or two before the book launch.
If you are a bookseller and have thoughts about mailings like this, please feel free to comment and share!
In other aMAYzing news… TOO MUCH! NOT ENOUGH! was selected for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for 2019! If you don’t know about this program, please read about it here. I am over the moon that Peanut & Moe will be zipping into so many kids homes. This is really an incredible honor and I couldn’t be happier. Also - a signed letter from Ms. Dolly Parton herself!!!
And one last bit of fun to share. Look up there. That’s ME reading SMALL at the MFA in BOSTON!!! I was so grateful for the opportunity to read and draw with kids during vacation week. I tried out some new drawing games with the kids and even got them to all do superhero poses with me. So fun!
Phew. I’m exhausted. I’m looking forward to a quieter May, then full steam ahead to celebrate NOW? NOT YET! on June 4th (you can pre-order wherever books are sold, but I highly recommend supporting your local indie!)