I don’t remember a single gift I received last Christmas. I know they all were lovely, and I know I put them all to good use. But I can’t name one. This year, though, I received the best early Christmas present of the past decade. (Nothing will ever beat the Joe McIntyre -of New Kids on the Block fame- autographed photo that my grandmother gave me when I was a tween.)
My father surprised me with an unexpected, and very much appreciated advertisement for my children’s book, The Little Rippers, in the latest December 2015 issue of SKI magazine.
Here’s the thing: I don’t have the budget for mass marketing of my books. I drive my friends and family crazy with Facebook posts. I hate self-promotion, and so usually I don’t talk about the book unless someone asks me. I’ve thought about promoting the book in SKI, but I never took the plunge.
Yet, with the help of my husband and my mother-in-law, my father made it happen. When I opened this month’s issue, I was shocked to see The Little Rippers book cover in one of the back squares of the magazine. It’s hard to surprise me, but for a few moments, I was speechless.
Kudos, Dad. I’ll remember this one for years to come. Apparently, I should think of a better gift for you than sweatpants.