First, I’ll start with the cool updates. We all need some good, fun news these days, right?!
In less than a week after its launch, The Paper Kingdom sold out in many bookstores and on Amazon – WOW. The book was performing beyond expectations, so Penguin Random House started additional print runs. Super exciting, right?! Well, not so fast — you’ll read about a strange turn of events halfway down…
Anyway, we had a wonderful launch event at Children’s Book World in Los Angeles. People came with interesting questions and lots of book love. Pascal and I had a great time chatting with the audience. It was a real treat for me because I met one of my lovely website subscribers in person for the first time, and I also saw one of my favorite librarians from the L.A. Public Library in the crowd.
I also wrote a couple of articles that got some good buzz. My op-ed piece for the Los Angeles Times came out in print and online – click here. I also wrote an article for Salon.com, which was their headlining piece several weeks ago, as well as an Editor’s Pick — click here. With all these writing projects, I felt like a Writer, with a capital W.
I was also interviewed by some cool podcasts, which are listed under “Interviews” on this page.
And…drumroll…interviews with NPR and K-ABC will soon go live!!! I’ll update my website once they’re available.
And NOW…deep breath…here are the not-so-cool updates ☹
I had to cancel ALL of my upcoming NYC events due to the current situation in the world (Ugh, COVID-19, please go away!!) I was so excited about speaking at The Strand, Books of Wonder, and Books are Magic, but my publisher and I agreed that it’s prudent to cancel for now.
We’re still planning to move forward with my events in the S.F. Bay Area in May, but we’ll see. Right now, I’m not very optimistic. Updates will be posted here.
The other frustrating thing is that the book is out of stock at many retailers–for instance, Amazon sold out of the book within a week after launch. This is good and bad. Good because lots of people bought it! Bad because I have no idea when the inventory will be replenished. Here’s a link you can use to find copies of the book: your best bet right now is either Barnes & Noble, or my personal preference would be to support an independent bookstore (use the link for IndieBound to search in your local area).
Though my publisher placed new print orders a while ago, the copies have yet to arrive because most children’s book printing happens in Asia – so you can imagine the delays given all the shutdowns, lockdowns, quarantines, etc. There are some people who ordered the book in February, but their copies still haven’t arrived! My local library still hasn’t received their copies, either, so I stopped by to donate the book.
Three years ago when my manuscript first sold, I couldn’t have imagined that a VIRUS (of all things!!!) would impact the book’s journey.
If I take a step back and inhale a deep breath, I’m grateful. Grateful because this book is finally out in the world, and it has found some very appreciative readers. I’m utterly grateful for readers like you!
If you’d like to help the book’s journey (and help lift the spirits of this rather depressed writer), please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Just a sentence or two would be much appreciated! Word-of-mouth is probably the single biggest factor in helping the book stay alive and in print.
I’ll have more updates very soon – and I hope they’re of the good variety!
Until then, stay safe and stay sane in these strange, unsettling times. Wash your hands, don’t crowd your home with toilet paper, and take a deep breath 😊
I’ll leave you with some fun images in order to end this post on an upbeat note!