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MARKETPLACE Vigilante Soft Launch of New Kids Book "Vigilant Kids"

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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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I will gladly support a forum member. I have learned so much from your posts.

Your book will be here Tuesday.
 

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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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