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I thought I would turn to my friends and fellow forum members with a fun announcement and a request for assistance.

Over the past year, I have written a kids book called Vigilant Kids. It's an edgy/aggressive book, aimed at teaching young kids some essential survival skills to bring them home safely. A lot of it is drawn from the work and stories we have come across over several years in the personal security industry. I've talked with experts in child abduction, law enforcement, and child psychology to create a book that we know will result in keeping children safe.



And so I turn to you. The book is going to be formally launched in June at one of the largest book fairs/trade shows in the United States (The Book Expo and then the consumer show a few days later... BookCon in New York).

We are hoping to generate some sales and positive reviews on Amazon before the book is formally available to the trade in June. We're using Amazon CreateSpace now, as well as Ingram Spark for distribution to bookstores and booksellers nationwide.

I will drop a progress thread between now and June to outline how we got this book to print, and the steps that were involved in making this happen.

I would love it if you would pick up a copy of the book on Amazon for your kids, your grandkids, or your friends and family. During this early stage, it's all about creating some social proof and setting the stage for what we hope to be a super impactful book on a national scale. I can't compensate you for a review, but know that even if you take the time to buy a copy of the book I am very appreciative. This book has been a true labor of love for me with a goal of reaching kids with a saving message. Some parents might hate it (because it is absolutely NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT) but that's OK. Even preferable. The buzz from the haters can be equally effective towards getting the message out.

If you want to grab some advance copies, search Amazon for VIGILANT KIDS. The book is $9.99 plus s/h directly from Amazon. Because the early sales channel is Amazon, I can't sign any copies now but towards Christmas we'll have some additional copies on the second printing that we can do some gift/signed copies on. Don't wait though as I need to get some buzz started now in advance of the June launch.

Thanks. You all have been a blessing to me over the years, and I hope the words of these pages might in turn bless any kids that would be fortunate enough to get a copy of this book from you.

In the upcoming progress thread, we can do an AMA on process, and I will keep you all informed on the milestones as we hit them in a quest to get the book into the hands of parents and kids across the United States. Thanks in advance for any support you lend.

- Dave
 

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I shared on FB :)

I thought I would turn to my friends and fellow forum members with a fun announcement and a request for assistance.

Over the past year, I have written a kids book called Vigilant Kids. It's an edgy/aggressive book, aimed at teaching young kids some essential survival skills to bring them home safely. A lot of it is drawn from the work and stories we have come across over several years in the personal security industry. I've talked with experts in child abduction, law enforcement, and child psychology to create a book that we know will result in keeping children safe.



And so I turn to you. The book is going to be formally launched in June at one of the largest book fairs/trade shows in the United States (The Book Expo and then the consumer show a few days later... BookCon in New York).

We are hoping to generate some sales and positive reviews on Amazon before the book is formally available to the trade in June. We're using Amazon CreateSpace now, as well as Ingram Spark for distribution to bookstores and booksellers nationwide.

I will drop a progress thread between now and June to outline how we got this book to print, and the steps that were involved in making this happen.

I would love it if you would pick up a copy of the book on Amazon for your kids, your grandkids, or your friends and family. During this early stage, it's all about creating some social proof and setting the stage for what we hope to be a super impactful book on a national scale. I can't compensate you for a review, but know that even if you take the time to buy a copy of the book I am very appreciative. This book has been a true labor of love for me with a goal of reaching kids with a saving message. Some parents might hate it (because it is absolutely NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT) but that's OK. Even preferable. The buzz from the haters can be equally effective towards getting the message out.

If you want to grab some advance copies, search Amazon for VIGILANT KIDS. The book is $9.99 plus s/h directly from Amazon. Because the early sales channel is Amazon, I can't sign any copies now but towards Christmas we'll have some additional copies on the second printing that we can do some gift/signed copies on. Don't wait though as I need to get some buzz started now in advance of the June launch.

Thanks. You all have been a blessing to me over the years, and I hope the words of these pages might in turn bless any kids that would be fortunate enough to get a copy of this book from you.

In the upcoming progress thread, we can do an AMA on process, and I will keep you all informed on the milestones as we hit them in a quest to get the book into the hands of parents and kids across the United States. Thanks in advance for any support you lend.

- Dave
 
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A first grader could read it with a bit of help. There might be a few new words in there for first graders.

We'll read it to kids at 4-5 years of age, and it probably ranges from 4-9 with a reading level of first or second grade.

Warning. It is not politically correct. However, if your kids internalize the message it will give them a skill set they can call on to recognize adversarial harmful encounters and get themselves home safe.
 
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MJ said the other day in an unrelated thread that you could publish a book with a message that might offend the politically correct crowd.

:)

There will be a subset of soccer moms out there who would rather their kids not be street smart. The book will have it's share of haters and 1* pacifists.

I look forward to discussing that with them on MSNBC this Fall. I'll teach them how to keep their kids safe.
 

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Hey Vigi,

Would you like some unverified reviews to create that initial buzz?
 
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Hey Vigi,

Would you like some unverified reviews to create that initial buzz?
No but thank you! Even just a few positive verified reviews will distance it from the pack. We'll generate a bunch of media in June.

But THANK YOU.
 

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Warning. It is not politically correct. However, if your kids internalize the message it will give them a skill set they can call on to recognize adversarial harmful encounters and get themselves home safe.
I added this to my FB post. I think that will make folks look.
 

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I'm going to grab a book even though I don't have kids. But I'm definitely going to share it on FB! Awesome idea Vig!
 
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I'm going to grab a book even though I don't have kids. But I'm definitely going to share it on FB! Awesome idea Vig!
Thank you.
 

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Ordered and will review. My 4 month old isn't old enough to read yet, but, then again, he's not old enough to break down and clean *ahem* sporting implements, and that's what we did together yesterday. :clench:
 

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Already been reshared twice.

I would highly recommend targeting veterans with any marketing you do, they will definitely appreciate this book.

Edit: my phone was acting up, apologies if there's a double post.
 

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Don't wait though as I need to get some buzz started now in advance of the June launch.
You helped change my life. It's the least I can do.

I'll order a copy on Amazon today!

I'm excited to learn more about the process in your AMA and how the June launch turns out.

UPDATE: Just placed the order.
 
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I will get it soon.

@Vigilante let me know if you want me to put it on producthunt.com, as I am a hunter there. If yes, when do you want it there?
Thank you! I am not familiar enough with that site to advise you other than to say YES PLEASE. Any aspect of additional social media, reposting, or assistance anyone can lend would be appreciated. I would love it if you put it there. Thank you!
 

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Thank you! I am not familiar enough with that site to advise you other than to say YES PLEASE. Any aspect of additional social media, reposting, or assistance anyone can lend would be appreciated. I would love it if you put it there. Thank you!
Cool. Do you want it in June, when you launch? Or now?

I would advise to get it there on launch, once you have a few reviews already.
 
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Cool. Do you want it in June, when you launch? Or now?

I would advise to get it there on launch, once you have a few reviews already.
What ever you think as you know the venue/
 
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Interesting. Even with the little bit of activity generated today, the book is starting to rank. I will be compulsively watching that over the next 48 hours, and then it will fade until we launch the book in June but the little spark will be fun while it lasts. Amazon doesn't even have the full book details fully uploaded yet... minimal information on the Amazon site as of this afternoon. Thanks for all of you who are buying the pre-launch copies.

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Ordered. Our cart is building so it'll place soon.

Great idea, @Vigilante
 

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Thanks Doc
Anytime man. You've provided so much value and inspiration for us that it's the least we can do.

Plus it's something that we talk about around here frequently.

I would highly recommend targeting veterans with any marketing you do, they will definitely appreciate this book.
Completely agree with this. Former Marine here and vets aren't likely to entertain too much in the way of "Snowflake" ideologies.
 
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Anytime man. You've provided so much value and inspiration for us that it's the least we can do.

Plus it's something that we talk about around here frequently.

Completely agree with this. Former Marine here and vets aren't likely to entertain too much in the way of "Snowflake" ideologies.
The book comes with a guarantee to irritate snowflakes, but a promise that if they can get over themselves and read it to their kids, that we can keep their kids safe.
 

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Just bought it. As a dad with daughters that are 9 and 10 I have been on the paranoid side since they were born. We have done both formal and informal anti-bully and anti-abduction training, I have also been stressing OPSEC since they started walking. This will be a great addition to that training

Thank you @Vigilante
 
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Follow us on Facebook as we will be posting a lot of content there as we get closer to the launch in June.

Vigilant Kids
 

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Just ordered my copy and will review after I read it :)

Btw, awesome that you put it into Amazon Prime for german customers, will receive it tomorrow.

Wish you the best of luck with your book, not only you deserve it, but also the kids!
 

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Ordered mine: 113-6101964-2543430

As a father of a 2 year old daughter; I've more than spent a few hours reading child psychology on how they pick up values, morals, ethics, habits, etc. from parents. And tbh; there isn't a whole lot of 'down to earth' content on it.. it's all a bunch of 'association of children growth research center blah blah' resources.

Write content on that! =)
 

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Got the book yesterday! I'll definitely be gifting these to friends with kids.

I'll try to get a review up on Amazon later today.
 

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