…Author visits!

Thanks to Dan Dabrowski at Stadium Drive Elementary, Gregg Valley at Orion Oaks, and Leah Karagosian at Pontiac’s ATAP, I was able to spend some time back in Michigan to share Cactus and speak to a whole lot of amazing students before the school year ended. This was an amazing opportunity and I’m so glad I got the chance to go!

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If you’d like to learn more about my author visits, or reach out about scheduling one for your school or a school you know, you can check out my Author Visits page.

No1NewRelease

What an awesome surprise today! Amazon named Could You Hug a Cactus? their #1 New Release in our category! (Children’s Humorous Poetry)

Considering how much I shop on Amazon for everything from home goods to groceries to books and media, seeing my book recognized to some degree on the site is kind of surreal. Just another example of the world opening up it’s arms!

Thanks, Amazon! Thanks, world!

H+I Sign

Could You Hug a Cactus? is officially on sale in downtown LA at Hennessey+Ingalls, the largest art, architecture, and design bookstore in the western US!

But why is our book in an art and architecture bookstore?

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In good company!

Well, according to Brett Hennessey (the founder’s grandson and store manager), due to the closing of so many physical bookstores, customers are finding it harder and harder to find other types of books in local stores. Due to this reason, Hennessey+Ingalls expanded to include both cookbooks with exceptional photography and children’s books with exceptional art. After looking at Could You Hug a Cactus?, he decided that it would fit right in among their other beautiful children’s books, a testament to the amazing talents and hard work by Spencer.

We’re so happy to have our book available at such an esteemed bookseller. The process and the reach of Cactus continues to grow and we couldn’t be prouder.

Today is (especially) awesome!

One of the hippest kids’ book and fashion accounts on Instagram just put up an incredible post about Could You Hug a Cactus?. @AliSantiago shared such an amazing picture and had such kind things to say about the book and her son’s reaction to the book – I’m blown away.

Ali Santiago's instagram post was so meaningful to me.

The response that Could You Hug a Cactus? has received just continues to amaze me and make me so grateful for all of the people that helped it all happen.

Finally! We got Could You Hug a Cactus? into the hands of those that made it happen, and the response has been overwhelming!! We love seeing all the amazing pictures of people getting their books, reading them to their children, sharing them with their friends. This is everything we hoped it would be when we first started.

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Thank you backers, fans, friends, and family! This has been a great journey so far and we’re only getting started!

Today’s the day! We shipped 250 books out today to our amazing Kickstarter backers! Caroline and the team at my local Post Office are rockstars. (Though I’m not allowed to take pictures inside the post office so we don’t get to see them) I completely filled the rolling cart 5 1/2 times and hung out for about two and a half hours while we got them all out! Looking forward to what people have to say about the book.

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This was the final cart – this is not full. There were 5 full carts before this.

Sending out the book, putting a mark of completion on the project was an emotional moment. It was kind of hard to let go and let everything move on. As I take on and tackle projects that are meaningful to me, I find myself confronted by unexpected emotions. My brain asks, “why is it difficult to mail out a book I’ve been championing for eight months?” but I feel it anyway.

By sending it out, I’m moving on to the next chapter, a place that is foreign to me. Selling books, pitching them to bookstores, tracking reviews – this is all brand new. I have to let go of this odd comfort of being in a place I have been for so long. And honestly, maybe there is fear that the book won’t be as well received as I want it to be.

But it’s done. It’s out. And I’m moving forward, like it or not.

Book Packing All-Star Team

Check out this all-star team!

What an awesome day! Some amazing friends came out to the office to help Spencer and I pack up the majority of the Kickstarter packages. All together, we got about 250 books ready to go, and ate some pizza while we were at it.

From the beginning, the Kickstarter that brought this book to life has been incredibly affirming – seeing the people around you contribute their money, their time, and their efforts to help Spencer and I succeed has been life changing.

Anyway, if you contributed to the Kickstarter, keep an eye on your mailboxes because your books are going to be there very soon!!

Hey all! TheKickstarterPackageWe’ll have these books heading out very soon, just wanted to give you a heads up on what that package is going to look like!

We can’t wait to get these out of our office and into your hands! The packing party is this weekend and we’ll be sending them out early next week!

 

Wow. It’s been a long time coming but they’re here! A very nice guy named Daniel just drove away and left these four palettes of books behind! The best part? They have my book inside! “Could You Hug a Cactus?” is real!

So, I know you’re wondering how I celebrated… I cut the plastic off and proceeded to move 166 boxes of 15 books each up to the fifth floor of a storage unit! Don’t worry, they won’t be there long! (Right?)

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This is what magic looks like!

This is really an awesome moment in life, and something that wouldn’t be possible without a whole lot of people believing in me (or by proxy of Spencer, I’m not splitting hairs here). Now we get to mail these suckers out. Big packing party is happening on Saturday! Anyone want to help?