|Display of my book in front of drawings by 1st graders|
Look, I admit it. I have not done a ton to promote my children's book, Under The Covers, and-- okay, okay, fine -- I've done next to nothing to promote it.
In my defense, I did tell a few people about it. And my friend, Marinka, put an ad for it on her awesome blog, Motherhood In NYC, but that was mainly out of pity. And when I was at the Palm Springs Public Library last summer, I gave a copy to the children's librarian, who then sneered at me and threw it onto the floor atop a giant heap of books to be thrown out.
My brother, Lenny, is more of a go-getter. He's always sending me suggestions like: E-mail every library in the country! or Do an author's page on GoodReads! or Volunteer to read it at your local grammar schools! and so on and so on...
Ugh. Like I have time for that kind of nonsense with my busy schedule of gym-going, tv-watching, and nap-taking. No thank you.
So recently Lenny started teaching gym at a grammar school in Central California. And one day he emails me, saying, "Send me your book and I'll put it in the school library here!"
And I'm like, "Ugh, that sounds like an exercise in futility," but I do it, mainly to keep him quiet.
But then it turns out that the first grade teacher sees the book and she starts reading it to her kids and they seem to really like it. And I think another teacher reads it to her class and Lenny's principal says something nice about it, but honestly, it's hard for me to read anything about this book, because - and don't get me wrong, I think it's a great book with a great message and fun pictures, but I'm really not much good at the promotion or feedback portion of my projects (file under: Not Helpful To Career).
Then yesterday, Lenny emails me the picture above. He had previously told me about how the teacher was going to have the kids write about the book and draw pictures from it and how they would make a display of it, etc., but somehow that didn't seem to register with me -until I saw the picture of it. And then somehow, BAM! It made me feel really good.
I mean, this is why I wanted to write these kinds of fun books to begin with - to help kids enjoy reading. I feel so much is done to make kids hate reading, and I wanted to do something to make things better, blah, blah, blah... But then the inevitable road blocks spring up, and it all gets so tiresome, so then you stop writing and drawing and caring, and besides, there's all that television to watch and that internet isn't going to read itself, you know.
But then seeing this photo of some little display in the middle of California suddenly made me feel good again. Renewed. Refreshed, even. But only for a moment.
Because then, of course, BAM! it made me feel really bad - for not doing more writing, more drawing, more promoting, more trying, more etc., etc., etc...
So of course, like any good younger brother, I blame my older brother.
So thanks a lot, Lenny.