This week, my dog Blue and I attended Book Expo America in New York City. Barron’s had about 1,000 advance copies of my forthcoming book “Little Boy Blue” on hand, and we did two signings at the Barron’s booth, one in the morning and one in the afternoon for a total of about three hours.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, since “Little Boy Blue” is my first dog book and I’m an unknown writer in the genre—not to mention that music god Neil Young and television goddess Rachael Ray were both signing books at the same time. You can imagine how thrilled I was to see a line of people all the way out of the booth into the corridor. That line didn’t stop the entire day, and even after we ran out of books, people were still asking for more. Many attendees showed me photographs of their own rescue dogs and were thrilled that Barron’s is donating a portion of proceeds from “Little Boy Blue” to the Petfinder Foundation.
Personally, I was most thrilled with Blue himself. He’d never been in a big city before, let alone a huge convention center, and he very politely let literally a thousand people pet him, take pictures of him, and occasionally give him a treat. He started when we got in the car around 6:30 a.m. and he held out until about 2:45 in the afternoon, when he plopped down in his dog bed and took a nap right there in the middle of the Jacob Javits Center. Even then, people continued to want to meet him. A few readers sat down on the floor next to him just in case he woke up and wanted a treat.
So now we wait while all the industry experts are reading the advance copy. The first feedback should be coming soon. Hopefully it will be as good as our feedback from Kirkus Reviews, which called “Little Boy Blue” nothing short of “a moving call to action.”
We’re organizing signings and appearances now for when the book comes out in hardcover on September 1. Details are updated regularly on the “Little Boy Blue” website. Please get in touch if you’d like us to try to work with your store, library, or rescue organization.