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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!)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.
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!I don't know how many books to bring for that and bookCon ... they are expecting 25,000 people for bookCon
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)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!
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...
Just found your FB-page and saw it posted already.. But hey, you got an extra like now!
Your comments and analysis are extremely valuable to us. Thank you.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.
Getting a copy for my boys.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.
I saw your review on Amazon and before I knew it was you I had shared it with friends and family. Your video made my entire day.My 2-year old loved it.
Attractive pictures (looks like tv show characters), and very simple text. She wanted me to read it again and again.
I waited a month to read it to her, because she's been having nightmares and I wasn't sure how if it would play into that... however the book's constant reinforcement of "I will be safe" made the book not scary to her, and it was just actionable and matter of fact. If you do these things, you will be safe.
After a few reads, she got it. Well... most of it.
Still working on the biting, haha.
Yeah, I thought she did an especially good job for the camera!I saw your review on Amazon and before I knew it was you I had shared it with friends and family. Your video made my entire day.
It is a challenge, and I think after reading the book, my daughter definitely understood when to FOR SURE hit,kick,bite,scream,run away. When a bad person is trying to take you away. She will get it right, in the situation that matters the most.I think the challenge will be in trying to explain to small kids how it's not nice to bite someone in most circumstances, but it's ok to bite someone in "certain" circumstances. (or kick, hit, etc) This book is a good way for parents to explain the difference.
We just told them which adults are OK to go with (Me, Mom, Grandma, Grandpa, 2 Aunts, 2 Uncles)It is a challenge, and I think after reading the book, my daughter definitely understood when to FOR SURE hit,kick,bite,scream,run away. When a bad person is trying to take you away. She will get it right, in the situation that matters the most.
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