DENVER, November 20, 2015—It was around 4 PM when I looked out the window of Science of Parenthood’s western office (aka Jessica’s kitchen) … and it was snowing.
That shouldn’t have been so surprising. I mean, it was November, and we were in Denver. Still, with less than 90 minutes before our book signing got under way, my first thought was Oh crap! No one’s gonna come to the signing! For authors, the idea that NO ONE WILL COME and we’ll be left standing around an empty room, while the bartenders silently mock us is absolutely terrifying.
The day had started out auspiciously enough. Jessica and I had spent the morning putting together goody bags. See? There’s Jess, schlepping boxes of Boogie Wipes, Kandoo Wipes, Boogie Mist and other assorted goodies up from her basement to the makeshift assembly line we’d set up in her dining room. (Never let it be said that Science of Parenthood is not high-tech. You’ll also notice I opted to be the photographer here. That’s not an accident.)
Even after a pot of high-test coffee, the jet lag and the altitude of the Mile-High City were knocking me out so I was happy to let Jess do all the heavy lifting. But those goody bags weren’t going to fill themselves, so we put on some music to help us perk up. Surprisingly, there’s a lot of bending and stretching and squatting required for goody-bag filling. I’m pretty sure I pulled something. Such are the rigors and sacrifices of a book tour.
Luckily, the weather gods were smiling on us. The flurries stopped just as we were ready to load up Jessica’s SUV with our books and goody bags and head for the party. Bonus: We even scored a prime spot in the parking garage right by the entrance to Chinook Tavern! The parking gods were clearly rooting for us as well because we had a lot to schlep in. (This time, Jessica wasn’t letting me slack.)
Chinook Tavern is a gorgeous restaurant right in the heart of the Denver Tech Center. And it’s nothing like I expected a “tavern” to be. Rather than small and cozy and dark, Chinook Tavern is light and airy and incredibly hip. (Slow clap for Jess!)
Best of all: It was packed! Hooray! It wouldn’t just be the two of us, awkwardly nibbling on carrot sticks for two hours all by our lonesome. There were people! Lots and lots of people!
Now I’m not saying all the people were all there for our book. Still, we felt very welcome. I mean, look at that signage! Everyone knew there was a book party going on! And in case anyone missed the sign, we set up a pretty nifty display of books and bags!
Now that we’ve done a few of these, we’ve found that being an author at a book signing is a bit like being a bride. Everyone wants to heartily congratulate you and take your picture … and you’re way too busy to eat anything. While our guests enjoyed some really great looking charcuterie and flatbread pizzas, we giddily signed books, way too excited to eat anyway!
Most Gratifying Moment: It really warms our hearts when the bloggers we follow online show up IRL. Like Jill of Totally Inappropriate Mom who dropped in for a bit, giving us the opportunity to thank her for doing a post for our blog tour. And the irrepressible Aussa Lorens of the riotous blog, Hacker, Ninja, Hooker, Spy (How can you not get totally sucked into a blog with the tagline: “I don’t make good choices but I do have good stories…” I’m totally hooked!). Aussa is newly married, and when she heard us say that our book may be a highly effective contraceptive, she bought two copies! We think THAT was an excellent choice!
And we were doing the happy dance when we saw that Stephanie Smith Sprenger made it through the snow, thanks to her friend Hollie, who was driving. Not only is Stephanie the mom blogger behind Mommy, For Real, she’s also another She Writes Press author! Her book, Mothering Through The Darkness: Women Open Up About The Postpartum Experience, edited with her HerStories Project partner Jessica Smock, came out about two weeks before ours did. Stephanie was also there representing for the Listen To Your Mother show, which will open in 41 cities across the country ahead of Mother’s Day in 2016. Stephanie is the co-producer for the Boulder show. We might have a story or two to audition for that show, Stephanie!
Most Surprising Moment: Several engineers from the German firm, Thyssenkrup, who’d stopped in at the bar after work, wandered over to ask Jessica about her name. (Apparently Ziegler is German. Whaddya know??) One thing led to another and before you could say Wham! Bam! Thanks guys! these three young, unmarried, childless engineers all bought books to send to expecting friends back in Germany!
“Occam’s Stroller! Funny!” chuckled Thomas (he’s on the far right, below), as he flipped through his copy. Not even a week on the shelves, and our book’s already gone global. Boom, baby!
POSTSCRIPT: Speaking of buying books, since Science of Parenthood had “officially” come out just three days before our party, we scoped out the Denver area bookstores to see if they were stocking it. And looky what we found at Tattered Cover, Denver’s finest indie bookstore. (And I’m not just saying that because the Tattered Cover staff asked us to sign their stock AND put shiny “Autographed Copy” labels on the books.)
I’d love to say that we took it in stride with a cool, calm, “Yeah, that’s our book.” But honestly, when we spotted our books on the shelf, we kind of had a bit of a moment, geeking out that Science of Parenthood was actually Out! In the wild! Where people not related to us can buy it! It’s actually still pretty damn exciting! Hopefully we’ll have regained our composure by the next time we post.
Till next time! See ya on the book tour!
Our book tour is tons of fun. But if you’re not able to make it out to one of our book parties, you don’t have to miss out! You can get a signed book through our website! Seriously, that’s why Jessica’s been signing hundreds of books! One of those babies could be yours! (Yeah, yeah. I signed them too. Anyone have a cure for writer’s cramp? Asking for a friend.)
But that’s not all! You can also score the Boogie Wipes goodies we’re sharing at our parties by entering our giveaway, which includes all the great stuff we’re sending home with party guests, PLUS a $100 VISA gift card. Sweet!