The other day, I called my publisher’s customer service line to request extra copies of Sarah Gives Thanks. I’m planning to visit a few libraries in November and I wanted to sell books after the readings.
The woman I spoke to was named Kiki and, upon hearing her name, I became very happy. Prior to this conversation, the only Kiki I had ever heard of was a character on the show The Fresh Beat Band. Fresh Beat Kiki dresses in pink and plays the guitar. Her catchphrase is “Kickin’!”
I am not a fan of The Fresh Beat Band, but I have earned many Karma points by watching the show with my son. And now, as I chatted on the phone to the other Kiki, I was enjoying the glow of recognition. “I have now met an actual Kiki,” I thought. “Kiki is a real name.”
Personal amusement aside, I still had work to do. So I told Kiki I would need about 50 books.
“Oh, well,” Kiki began. “I have good news and bad news.”
“I’ll take the bad news first, Kiki,” I said. Even when faced with bad news, I couldn’t stop saying Kiki. Try it. Kiki.
“The bad news is we only have 16 copies in the warehouse,” Kiki said.
“Oh, I don’t need them now. When will you restock?”
Considering that Sarah Gives Thanks is a Thanksgiving book, and that Thanksgiving is a November holiday, this did strike me as curious. Just as I was about to bring this tidbit to her attention, Kiki continued.
“You see,” she said, “the book is going into its second printing.”
“Wait, what?” I asked.
“Sarah Gives Thanks is in its second printing.” Kiki said. “That’s the good news.”
“Kickin’!” I said.
Kiki didn’t know how to respond to that.
Sarah Gives Thanks is still available, mind you. It can be ordered online or through bookstores. The distributors have plenty on hand. You can easily get copy if you want one.
But the publisher is sold out! And the publisher is gonna print more!
I attribute this good news to you guys. Since I came onto the blogging scene late last year, I’ve made many wonderful online pals. I have also been interviewed by six very supportive and generous people:
And David Gardner (Sarah’s amazing illustrator)
All of these folks, by the way, have excellent blogs. Do check them out.
Another person of note is the great Stacy Jensen, who selected Sarah for her Perfect Picture Book Friday, and, ever since, has been all over the internet singing the book’s praises. Stacy also has an incredible blog; you should check hers out, too.
To the folks above, and to all of you who bought a book, I just want to say how very, very grateful I am.
Kiki’s news (and name) may have made my day, but you guys have made my year.
54 Replies to “Second Helpings”
So cool! Congratulations! (And I have my copy all ready to read to all the kiddos who come for Thanksgiving dinner this year!) 🙂
Wonderful! Do let me know what they think of it.
Will do! I’m looking forward to giving them all copies of my new Classic Tales books for Christmas this year, too! http://pillowsalamode.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/new-books/ They’re sold in different-sized classroom sets, but the publisher was kind enough to give me just enough copies of my own to share. 🙂
That’s great! Can you buy individual copies?
Congratulations on the second printing.
I knew a Kiki. It was his nickname. He was a preacher in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. I think he’s in the states now. I thought it a curious name as well, especially for a man. I like your story much better.
If that preacher friend of yours peppered his sermons with a few “Kickin’s” that would be really something.
He may have, but I couldn’t tell. My Spanish is rather poor. 🙂
Congratulations!! Sweet success – the best news ever.
Kiki is indeed a very cute name, names ending in ‘ki’ generally are, like I have known of two gals who go by the name of Suki, which I think delivers the same effect as Kiki.
Anyway, congrats! And now I feel bad that I haven’t bought your book yet! I’ve just checked and it is available on the .co.uk version of Amazon, so I have no excuse!
I knew a Suki, too; she was a very huggable Vietnamese pot bellied pig. (And I hugged her, so I know what I’m talking about.)
This makes me smile. I’m glad to hear about the success of your book. And the way you found about the second printing — kickin’! Congratulations Mike!
I knew a Kiki once as well — it is rather a jazzy name I find…
Have a great weekend!
Thanks, Ms. B! I’m not sure why, but I can say “Kiki” for hours.
Hm. I think I just planned my morning.
Congratulations! I got my Sarah Gives Thanks copy two days ago. I love it! I hope now many more people will be able to enjoy it.
Thanks so much, Anne!
As I think you know, I am a big fan of your writing — so I’m especially delighted to hear that you enjoyed Sarah.
Excellent, excellent news! Congratulations!
The loan officer at my credit union is named Kesha. Love leaving notes for my hubby that say, “Ke$ha called…wants to talk money.”
Oh, that is a perfect name for that job, now isn’t it?
Hm. Perhaps a blog post about character names might be in order…
Woot woot! More Sarah’s coming into the world – great news!
I knew a Kiki. She was the personal secretary for an uber-distinguished US Senator, and a ‘hot ticket’ as my mom likes to refer to spunky older women.
More importantly, my son’s first word was “Kiki” – short for “blankie.” You may now say “Awww!”
I hear “hot ticket” and I immediately think “tramp.” But that’s just me.
But hey, just because that Kiki is old, it doesn’t mean she can’t be one. Whatever floats your boat, Granny, that’s what I always say.
Second printing – that’s FANTASTIC! Congratulations, Mike! 🙂
Thanks, Susan! You’ve been a wonderful help!
HOLY COW is that fantastic news!!!! I’m high-fiving you right now, buddy!!
Now down low!
Whoop! Too slow.
Second printing….yyyaaaayyyyy!!!!!!! xoxoM
Margarita! Please use your indoor voice!
On anything else, not on second printing! That is a BIG deal! xoxoM
Congrats, that is great news! Oh and yes ‘Kiki’ is a neat name 🙂
I’m gonna have to write a Kiki character one day.
Congratulations on your second printing and on collecting a Kiki!
My kids are all about the Fresh Beat Band right now (though I still prefer the Monkees)
A fellow Fresh Beat viewer!
Gotta question for you: What’s the deal with the new Marina and Reed? Come ON, amiright?
I know! My older kid was upset, but my five year old said, “Duh, they’re just actors, you know.”
Out of the mouths of cynical babes.
It has been very difficult to watch the Fresh Beat since they got a new Marina. That was not kickin’. But getting your second printing is Sweet!
I see what you did there. 🙂
So it really is going to be a good Thanksgiving, right? Nice job. 🙂
It would’ve been a great Thanksgiving even without the book, but yep!
Kickin! That’s so exciting, Mike. 🙂 Yay!!!!!!
Btw, my daughter’s name is Kiah, and actually….one of our nicknames for her when she was younger was Kiki. She doesn’t care for it much anymore though, so sadly, there’s no longer a Kiki in our house.
Kiah is a beautiful name, so I understand why your daughter would wanna stick with it. We can’t all be Kikis, after all.
Wow, that’s great news – major congratulations! In Greek, putting an ‘aki’ on the end of a name means ‘little’ – for example a boy whose name is Dimitri would be called Demitraki by his nearest and dearest…until he out grew it. There’s also an amazing song sung by Miriam Makeba called Kikirikiki (chicken!)…have a great Sunday:-)
Oh, I am so going to find a way to say “kikirikiki” in casual conversation. Many thanks!
That’s wonderful news (and thanks).
Thank YOU, Stacy!
Congrats, so happy for you. Saying Kiki is so addictive 🙂
I can say it all day. Kiki!
totally kickin Mike!!! wow, what a way to get the news about a second publishing, awesome!!!! and aren’t you sky high bout now? whew, does it get better? I’ll stay tuned, 🙂
thanks for the link to your interview on my blog! all the best my friend, let me pinchcha!
I must admit I’m feelin’ pretty good right about now. Many thanks to you, my friend.
I gotta read your blogs more carefully — somehow this one slipped by me, Mike. A second printing!?! Woo-hoo!!!
Let’s go for #3!
Oh — you mean a third PRINTING. Yes!!!