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My copy is on the way. It's the least I can do after all of the great info you've given me. I can tell from the cover alone that it's going to do well.
 

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My copy is on the way. It's the least I can do after all of the great info you've given me. I can tell from the cover alone that it's going to do well.
The back cover is really great. The front cover will set the branding strategy for some other related projects featuring the Vigilant Kids.
 

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Got the book yesterday. I love it! My kids love it too!

My 6 year old had no trouble reading it. It was an extremely easy read for my 9 year old.

The book fits in exceptionally well with conversations my girl's and I have had multiple times, so it compliments my parenting style nicely.

The artwork is great. Kept the kids engaged and now they want to dress just like the main gal in the book haha.

On a more personal note, I wanted to thank you personally @Vigilante for being politically incorrect with this book. The 8 year old boy in me can attest to the fact that not all bad guys are men, and I was quite pleased to see a woman as a bad guy in your book. Both genders can be evil, and kids (and their parents) need to understand this.

So...thank you.

I'll get an Amazon review up today.
 
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Got the book yesterday. I love it! My kids love it too!

My 6 year old had no trouble reading it. It was an extremely easy read for my 9 year old.

The book fits in exceptionally well with conversations my girl's and I have had multiple times, so it compliments my parenting style nicely.

The artwork is great. Kept the kids engaged and now they want to dress just like the main gal in the book haha.

On a more personal note, I wanted to thank you personally @Vigilante for being politically incorrect with this book. The 8 year old boy in me can attest to the fact that not all bad guys are men, and I was quite pleased to see a woman as a bad guy in your book. Both genders can be evil, and kids (and their parents) need to understand this.

So...thank you.

I'll get an Amazon review up today.
Your words mean more to me than you know, as does the rest of the encouragement I have drawn from you and the rest of those who have commented thus far. As MJ and others can attest to, when you fling your manifesto out to the world you never know how it will be received.

I do think we have a story to tell. It may seem funny to some that my manifesto came in the form of a kids book, but when my hearts mission is to keep kids safe from a predatory world that in many cases intends to do them harm, this is the medium that makes the most sense.*

Your note came at the right time as my wife and I were sitting at the kitchen table concepting the next book. This one took a year to get done (mostly the artwork, obviously) so if we're going to follow this one up, we need to get cracking on the next one.

The forum has been invaluable to me as a sounding board, a learning tool, and my reinforcements. I appreciate you (and all of you) for your kind words about this project.

May your kids never need the words of that book. -Dave

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P.S. I called Rachel (my grown daughter) to tell her that your little girls wanted to dress like the girl in the book. That was literally one of the greatest sentences you could have ever written us.
 

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Your words mean more to me than you know, as does the rest of the encouragement I have drawn from you and the rest of those who have commented thus far. As MJ and others can attest to, when you fling your manifesto out to the world you never know how it will be received.

I do think we have a story to tell. It may seem funny to some that my manifesto came in the form of a kids book, but when my hearts mission is to keep kids safe from a predatory world that in many cases intends to do them harm, this is the medium that makes the most sense.*

Your note came at the right time as my wife and I were sitting at the kitchen table concepting the next book. This one took a year to get done (mostly the artwork, obviously) so if we're going to follow this one up, we need to get cracking on the next one.

The forum has been invaluable to me as a sounding board, a learning tool, and my reinforcements. I appreciate you (and all of you) for your kind words about this project.

May your kids never need the words of that book. -Dave
I flipped through it before I read it with my wife, and I gotta be honest, I wasn't sure she'd be down with it (what with all the kicking, biting, and eye gauging), but she was nodding her head the whole time. She actually loved the idea of training the kid to "fight dirty", and she, like @MidwestLandlord loved that there was a woman villain. She spends all day every day with our kid, so she had quite a different perspective. When I'm carrying our son around somewhere, people never approach me. Apparently, when she's out by herself with him, people approach her all the time, usually women wanting to hold him. She said people need to be reminded that a lot of these criminal types use women to do the child abducting because people let their guard down around ladies.... so, even though you book is for 4 year olds, I learned something. :rofl:
 
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I flipped through it before I read it with my wife, and I gotta be honest, I wasn't sure she'd be down with it (what with all the kicking, biting, and eye gauging), but she was nodding her head the whole time. She actually loved the idea of training the kid to "fight dirty", and she, like @MidwestLandlord loved that there was a woman villain. She spends all day every day with our kid, so she had quite a different perspective. When I'm carrying our son around somewhere, people never approach me. Apparently, when she's out by herself with him, people approach her all the time, usually women wanting to hold him. She said people need to be reminded that a lot of these criminal types use women to do the child abducting because people let their guard down around ladies.... so, even though you book is for 4 year olds, I learned something. :rofl:
Worth reading : Mom Approached By Stranger, Then Something Odd Happens
 

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She actually loved the idea of training the kid to "fight dirty",
Both my kids wanted to practice throwing punches after reading the book too. I might have encouraged that though...haha.

Now my stomach, chest, and arm hurts.

Both those girls can throw a punch! (I was a brown belt in Aikido as a teen, so they know how to hit)
 
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Read it, loved it, definitely one of the ones that will be a bedtime story for my little ones and birthday present for all the niece's and nephews.

Thank you again not only has your wisdom help guide me, now it is also guiding my family.
I was thinking about that. I am glad you loved it! I will probably avoid the bedtime story using this book though, and save it more for Saturday mornings. The imagery might be too strong for bedtime. Let me know if your kids have any favorite parts of the book.
 

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My wife apparently had something similar happen that I just learned about: a very old lady (not sure from where), kept trying to hold my son. My wife was trying to be more polite than she normally would have been (the lady was very old, so you feel like you have to be gentle and respectful to her, plus she thought maybe this was just an incidence of different cultural expectations about personal distance). She didn't give the lady the baby, but didn't walk away either, trying to be polite. At this point, she notices a a man standing a ways away that's clearly watching them, so she leaves, and goes about her shopping. Coming out of the store and walking into another area of the mall she notices this older lady having the same awkward interaction with another young mother, and sure enough, when she scans around that dude is close by. She at that point got very rude.....

Clearly the world has changed since the 80s when I was a kid. Who knew you had to look out for sweet little old ladies :frown:

EDIT: removed an indicator of where the lady was from so the thread doesn't go flame war... sorry Vig.
 
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My wife apparently had something similar happen that I just learned about: a very old lady (not sure from where), kept trying to hold my son. My wife was trying to be more polite than she normally would have been (the lady was very old, so you feel like you have to be gentle and respectful to her, plus she thought maybe this was just an incidence of different cultural expectations about personal distance). She didn't give the lady the baby, but didn't walk away either, trying to be polite. At this point, she notices a a man standing a ways away that's clearly watching them, so she leaves, and goes about her shopping. Coming out of the store and walking into another area of the mall she notices this older lady having the same awkward interaction with another young mother, and sure enough, when she scans around that dude is close by. She at that point got very rude.....

Clearly the world has changed since the 80s when I was a kid. Who knew you had to look out for sweet little old ladies :frown:

EDIT: removed an indicator of where the lady was from so the thread doesn't go flame war... sorry Vig.
Scary stuff when you put it together with the same model playing out in that article.

I have NO ISSUES teaching kids how to come home safely. There was one several months back where a guy grabbed a kid in a dollar store and carried her out the front door.

Parents would fight tooth and nail for their kids. Parents would fight TO THE DEATH for their kids. Kids should do the same thing.
 

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Amazing the response you've received here at the forum with a target market that isn't exactly precise. I'd dare imagine what would happen if you reached a target audience of parents with younglings. You still wanting to buy that house with a gym?

Moreover, this kind of project taps into a potent meaning-and-purpose .... very Unscripted. ;)
 
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Amazing the response you've received here at the forum with a target market that isn't exactly precise. I'd dare imagine what would happen if you reached a target audience of parents with younglings. You still wanting to buy that house with a gym?

Moreover, this kind of project taps into a potent meaning-and-purpose .... very Unscripted. ;)
The trade show that we are launching at in June is the BookExpo at the Javits center. Most brick and mortar buyers and librarians from across the country will be there, and we have a pretty decent sized booth at the show. I will post more on that in the progress thread. We'll also be there for a few days after the private industry trade show, when they open it up to the public for BookCon (Same company that puts on ComiCon). So we'll have two days of meeting with retail buyers, followed by two days of "selling" to consumers. Should be a great way to get the book mainstream awareness, and have a chance to engage with the public directly.
 

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If you're thinking of a topic for your next book, might I suggest a book that explains allergies to children (and parents). My boy has some life-threatening allergies - explaining to him (and adults) what the allergies are, whats happening inside his body, what an epi-pen is, what is going to happen when you call 911, how to refuse food from well-meaning friends and adults, etc. would have been a lot easier with a children's book. It's a concept my wife and I have talked about for years.
 

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For some reason I thought this wasn't available in Canada (at this point it's almost force of habit...) but it IS listed on amazon.ca, albeit with a "ships in 1-2 months" tag.

Would it help you more if I purchased it now when most other people might avoid it because of that tag (and thus any rank / review benefit might be minimal), or should I wait until it's available more speedily for Canada and thus the purchase would likely bump it up so others more likely to buy it will see?

You've helped me so much along the way that buying a copy is the least I can do (and I'm sure my kids will love it). Just want to make sure I do it when it's worth the most to you.
 
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For some reason I thought this wasn't available in Canada (at this point it's almost force of habit...) but it IS listed on amazon.ca, albeit with a "ships in 1-2 months" tag.

Would it help you more if I purchased it now when most other people might avoid it because of that tag (and thus any rank / review benefit might be minimal), or should I wait until it's available more speedily for Canada and thus the purchase would likely bump it up so others more likely to buy it will see?

You've helped me so much along the way that buying a copy is the least I can do (and I'm sure my kids will love it). Just want to make sure I do it when it's worth the most to you.
Interesting. In the US, Amazon is using Print on Demand. No idea why it is available in .ca but with a ridiculous lead time. Wait until I get them available in Canada for real. BTW at the meetup yesterday one of the guys was thankful and talking about you specifically as an influence on him. You're having an impact.
 

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No idea why it is available in .ca but with a ridiculous lead time.
Yeah, even says "in stock" when you search for it. It's only on the product page that it shows the 1-2 month shipping time.

I SUSPECT (but this is a shot in the dark, truthfully) that Amazon might "queue up" book orders from the USA for Canadian buyers and when it hits some threshold or time frame they ship them in bulk to one of their fba centers and then from there out to the end users. Just a guess but it's the only reason I can think of right now.

Wait until I get them available in Canada for real.
Will do.

BTW at the meetup yesterday one of the guys was thankful and talking about you specifically as an influence on him. You're having an impact.
That's awesome to hear!

They're helping me just as much, if not more, whether they realize it or not :) Connecting with people and problem solving together has always been a huge source of fuel for me.
 

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The trade show that we are launching at in June is the BookExpo at the Javits center. Most brick and mortar buyers and librarians from across the country will be there, and we have a pretty decent sized booth at the show. I will post more on that in the progress thread. We'll also be there for a few days after the private industry trade show, when they open it up to the public for BookCon (Same company that puts on ComiCon). So we'll have two days of meeting with retail buyers, followed by two days of "selling" to consumers. Should be a great way to get the book mainstream awareness, and have a chance to engage with the public directly.
You'll love BookExpo- went the last couple years, it's a wet dream for booksellers (and New York in June isn't so bad either!)
 
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You'll love BookExpo- went the last couple years, it's a wet dream for booksellers (and New York in June isn't so bad either!)
I don't know how many books to bring for that and bookCon ... they are expecting 25,000 people for bookCon
 

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I don't know how many books to bring for that and bookCon ... they are expecting 25,000 people for bookCon
Incredible.. didn't do the BookCon so not sure how many actual transactions were getting done, just walking BookExpo was exhausting. Really well put together. Not sure if you're planning on talking w/ Ingram but I have a few contacts there so if you're having any troubles getting thru I'd be happy to help out!
 
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I have a meeting at book Expo with them
 

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Just placed my order on Amazon. I am not a parent, but am curious about the book and want to help a fellow forum member. I'll post a review and some thoughts once I receive it and read.
 

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Congratz Vig!

I'm going to support you by ordering the book, even though my first child is still on his/her way (5 more months of waiting to go...). But your contribution makes it a no-brainer to order it, together with Unscripted! If Unscripted was already being shipped to Europe, I'd have both by now! :innocent: :halo:

Btw, something off-topic but relevant. I just came across a short clip on facebook, on how to open zip-ties if you ever get cuffed in them... Shown by a kid... Maybe a relevant post for your Vigilant-business?

பார்க்க, உள்நுழையவும் அல்லது பதிவுசெய்யவும்

PS: I hope nothing is wrong with linking this?
Edit: what is happening with the link-symbols? It's just a facebook-link...
 
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Congratz Vig!

I'm going to support you by ordering the book, even though my first child is still on his/her way (5 more months of waiting to go...). But your contribution makes it a no-brainer to order it, together with Unscripted! If Unscripted was already being shipped to Europe, I'd have both by now! :innocent: :halo:

Btw, something off-topic but relevant. I just came across a short clip on facebook, on how to open zip-ties if you ever get cuffed in them... Shown by a kid... Maybe a relevant post for your Vigilant-business?

பார்க்க, உள்நுழையவும் அல்லது பதிவுசெய்யவும்

PS: I hope nothing is wrong with linking this?
Edit: what is happening with the link-symbols? It's just a facebook-link...
Thanks for the support! It is also nice to know that the message is landing, because we already received and posted that same video on the Vigilant Kids Faceboook Page! (Vigilant Kids)

so your message was RIGHT ON TARGET.
 

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Thanks for the support! It is also nice to know that the message is landing, because we already received and posted that same video on the Vigilant Kids Faceboook Page! (Vigilant Kids)

so your message was RIGHT ON TARGET.
Just found your FB-page and saw it posted already.. But hey, you got an extra like now!
Considering how this society is evolving, I can only applaud for awareness like this!
Perfect example of how giving real value, gives back way more..
 

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Received the book a few days ago. I do not have any children, but I do have a military/security background. Here are my initial impressions:

Cover art (front): Simple but draws attention. The children show a confidence in them and appear friendly.
Cover art (back): Aw shit, look out, those kids are VIGILANT! The defensive poses should appear exciting to children, but sets the tone for what the books is really about and the message is clear with the stranger lurking in the corner (who is wonderfully breaking the 4th wall). The message on the back says it all. It is simple enough for kids to understand, but gets the message to the parents on why they should get this book to their children. It would create enough interest in me to open the book if I were at a bookstore.

Main Book: Artwork is wonderful. The villains do not appear stereotypical and are a good representation of one of the main points of the book. The illustrations of the children defending themselves are easy to understand without the text, and the expressions on the face are perfect representations of what a child may experience in the given situations. The sentences are simple but powerful. They are powerful because of the ease a child should have in learning them and saying them in repetition. The language is active and with the repetition, should have the affect as affirmations if this book is read and re-read. It will burn into their memories and keep them safe.

Other comments: I was expecting more controversy over the whole "not PC" bit, but maybe I have been out of the loop for awhile. Seemed just fine to me. This is definitely a book I would read and teach to my children if I had them, and I am not just saying that to be nice. When it comes to life and death situations, which child abduction may quickly turn into, there is no such thing as a fair fight and if you find yourself in one, you already are at a disadvantage. Given the age range of children would would be reading this, I think everything is the way it should be.

The book can be the start to something grand. It could be the foundation for a network of Vigilant Kids training seminars that both parents and children can attend. Could be a one day workshop that people can attend, or schools and other organizations (churches) could hire out for your company to put on to keep kids safe and "VIGILANT". Could even start a brand of clothing, training DVDs, or a television show (may be hard to do, F*ck networks, just do it from your website/youtube). I think you said earlier that action figures were on the way.

Overall I see this becoming a very huge success for you!

Congratulations, and I am looking forward to seeing how you grow with it! As long as you save one kid, it is all worth it.
 
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Received the book a few days ago. I do not have any children, but I do have a military/security background. Here are my initial impressions:

Cover art (front): Simple but draws attention. The children show a confidence in them and appear friendly.
Cover art (back): Aw shit, look out, those kids are VIGILANT! The defensive poses should appear exciting to children, but sets the tone for what the books is really about and the message is clear with the stranger lurking in the corner (who is wonderfully breaking the 4th wall). The message on the back says it all. It is simple enough for kids to understand, but gets the message to the parents on why they should get this book to their children. It would create enough interest in me to open the book if I were at a bookstore.

Main Book: Artwork is wonderful. The villains do not appear stereotypical and are a good representation of one of the main points of the book. The illustrations of the children defending themselves are easy to understand without the text, and the expressions on the face are perfect representations of what a child may experience in the given situations. The sentences are simple but powerful. They are powerful because of the ease a child should have in learning them and saying them in repetition. The language is active and with the repetition, should have the affect as affirmations if this book is read and re-read. It will burn into their memories and keep them safe.

Other comments: I was expecting more controversy over the whole "not PC" bit, but maybe I have been out of the loop for awhile. Seemed just fine to me. This is definitely a book I would read and teach to my children if I had them, and I am not just saying that to be nice. When it comes to life and death situations, which child abduction may quickly turn into, there is no such thing as a fair fight and if you find yourself in one, you already are at a disadvantage. Given the age range of children would would be reading this, I think everything is the way it should be.

The book can be the start to something grand. It could be the foundation for a network of Vigilant Kids training seminars that both parents and children can attend. Could be a one day workshop that people can attend, or schools and other organizations (churches) could hire out for your company to put on to keep kids safe and "VIGILANT". Could even start a brand of clothing, training DVDs, or a television show (may be hard to do, F*ck networks, just do it from your website/youtube). I think you said earlier that action figures were on the way.

Overall I see this becoming a very huge success for you!

Congratulations, and I am looking forward to seeing how you grow with it! As long as you save one kid, it is all worth it.
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Your comments and analysis are extremely valuable to us. Thank you.
If there is anything else I can do for you guys other than being an evangelist to my group of friends/family, please let me know!
 

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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
Getting a copy for my boys.
 

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Accidentally bought it this week. I had tossed it in what I thought was my wishlist awhile back. Apparently it was in my shopping cart instead. So this weekend, my dog escaped, got picked up by the cops, and left me on the hook for a $60 ticket. I figured it was time to get him a training collar, and since I was a little, um, unhappy over the situation I didn't pay too much attention to the check out process (note: friends don't let friends Amazon angry) and wound up ordering the book too.

I liked the book, reminded me a little of what I was taught growing up. As a parent, it kind of scared me, but I understand the necessity of it. I'll share it with my boys as they get older. I can see this book helping a lot of people.
 

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