Scenes from my DIY Book Tour

by Kim on May 3, 2017 · 11 comments

It’s been a month since The Yellow Envelope was released into the world and I can hardly believe it. Truly, the parallels between birthing a baby and birthing a book are real, though the gestation period for my paper baby was so much longer. When my daughter was born I felt sleep-deprived, overwhelmed and, of course, thrilled and full of joy. I feel the same way now. My baby is growing so quickly.

She looks just like her father.

Just like no one really tells you how to write a book, no one really tells you how to market one either. My strategy has been to say yes to all the things and, while I know this isn’t a sustainable approach, it’s working for now. I’m traveling a lot. I’m meeting a bunch of wonderful people. I still basically die with joy when someone emails to tell me how much they enjoyed The Yellow Envelope. A month in and I still find myself randomly pulling into bookstore parking lots and wandering inside to stare at my book on the shelves. I do not think that will ever get old.

Nope, it’s not old yet.

I wanted to share some photos with you that I’ve taken over the past month and let you know that The Yellow Envelope is now in Target (Did you hear that? It was the sound of me yelping with joy). It’s also (probably) available at your local bookstore and definitely available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. And it makes a damn good Mother’s Day gift if I do say so myself.

Also, I’m about to set out on the next leg of my DIY book tour. In the upcoming weeks I’ll be in Madison, WI, Dubuque, IA, Perrysburg, OH and Morgantown, WV. Click here to see the full schedule of events. (And a shout-out to all of the grandmas and aunts in my life that are making this baby-free travel possible).

Thanks everyone for your support as I navigate this new world. None of this would be happening without you. Please know I am grateful. I owe you a beer. Really.

Now, on to the photos:

Pub day! It was a thrill (still is) to see The Yellow Envelope on the shelves.

If you ever wanted to know what one might look like on the day their dream comes to life, here’s a clue.

Heading to the west coast for events in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA.

Hanging out at the amazing Vintage Books in Vancouver, WA.

Making some new friends at Vintage Books.

I went on KATU AM Northwest (the freaking TV!!!!) and I did not vomit on air, as feared.

I read at Broadway Books in Portland and Michele and Glenn were there too. It was so fun to share this experience with them.

On April 25, The Yellow Envelope arrived in Target!

As if I needed a reason to love Target more.

Next, I headed south. First stop was the Southern Kentucky Book Festival. Dudes, I met RL Stein!

In Asheville I had the honor of speaking at Malaprop’s, one of my favorite bookstores.

In Boone, NC, I got to hand out yellow envelopes to K-2nd graders.

These adorable kindergartners were the best.

I can’t wait to hear what these kids do with their yellow envelopes.

In Boone, author and badass travel writer Leigh Ann Henion came to my book event and I about keeled over. She is warm, kind, interesting and all-around lovely. 

To round out these crazy few weeks, Brian and I were interviewed together about the book and how traveling impacted our marriage (Ha! If you’ve read the book you know about THAT). 

One final thing. If you read and enjoyed The Yellow Envelope would you consider leaving an Amazon review? Reviews help new authors a lot.

Thank you! I hope to see you on the road.


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