What to do with those hardcover beauties?

Disclaimer: The initial freeze frame on the video you see below–my very first-ever vlog–makes it look like I am full of angst. I am not. Please press play and you will see how happy I am indeed.

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29 responses to “What to do with those hardcover beauties?

  1. I love seeing you on video!!!
    What I do with my author copies: Donate some. Give one to my mom, one to each of my kids, put one in my purse and one in my studio, donate a few to special teachers, and before I know it, the books are all distributed. Then I go buy some more.
    Congratulations on this milestone. It’s exciting, isn’t it? 🙂

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  2. Congratulations! It must be so cool to have to decide what to do with your published books! 🙂

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  3. Love it! And your camera woman did a great job! Contact your local newspaper and tell them about your book. If they’re interested in doing an interview, send them a copy. You’ll be getting lots of emails from reviewers/bloggers who will ask for a copy. Also, do a goodreads giveaway! I was late to that party but I really, really, think it’s a great way to get your book in front of people. Last, but not least, CONGRATULATIONS! I’m ordering a copy today, my friend! 🙂

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  4. Nicely done, Natalie and Sophia. I will be sending you my address shortly, to help you out with your little problem. 🙂

    Seriously, though, I bet they will all disappear once you start remembering all the other people who want one. I will be giving them to my critique partners as well as the people you named. My boss at work wants one. Hmmm. Maybe I need to count up now and make sure I don’t overextend myself. 🙂

    Congratulations, Natalie. So exciting to see the hard copies. I LOVE the artwork on the cover and inside!

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    • Natalie Dias Lorenzi

      Thanks, Jeannie–I really love the interior artwork, too. I was also glad to see Hiroshi’s and Skye’s names written in kanji. Once I saw (and squee-ed over) the cover art, I wasn’t expecting any more art, so it was a pleasant surprise when I did. 🙂

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  5. So exciting! I think that you’ve made good choices so far of where to send your beauties. And of course, you kids should all have one of their own. I think Sophia made that one clear.

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    • Natalie Dias Lorenzi

      You’re right, Kristin! I’ll give a copy to each of my kids. I feel like kind of a schmuck for not thinking of that before! 😛 I think I’ve been treating these a bit like ARCs, which have a limited supply. I keep forgetting there will be more where these came from!

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  6. I am learning so much from this series–thank you Natalie and Jeanne!

    I think if you asked the librarians or ELA teachers you know to collect stories of blunders or hardships from ESL students at their schools, you could give away some copies to kids who would really appreciate your story. (I would be happy to organize that at my school.)

    I like the idea of giveaways at school visits, especially if you visit a low-income school–those kids can’t afford the sticker price, but they are so hungry for books like yours!

    Good luck deciding, and CONGRATULATIONS!

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    • Natalie Dias Lorenzi

      Melanie, I would *love* to do something like that at your school. I also love the idea of giving away at least one book for the library at any of the schools I visit. Not sure how many of those I’ll do, since I’ll be teaching at my own school! Maybe a few days a year, though. Thanks for weighing in!

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  7. Natalie!!! SO thrilled for you (And I would also be very happy to send my address to “help.”) I couldn’t be happier for you and that gorgeous book of yours. Charlesbridge did a beautiful job on the interior pages–you must have been thrilled. Did they tell you about that or was it a surprise?

    Congrat’s my frined! And kudos to Sofia–your uber-talented camera person. 🙂

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    • Natalie Dias Lorenzi

      Lynda, the interior art was a total surprise! I love it, and there’s a reason why the two symbols are joined on the cover, which makes me love it even more. There are also some notes that Skye writes to Hiroshi–her “English Tip of the Day” series, that appear in a different handwriting-looking font in the text, and I love that, too. 🙂

      Sofia was so cute when she was filming–at one point in the vlog when you see me pause and then laugh, that’s when she was trying to mime to me that she’d accidentally put her finger in front of the lens, which was obviously no big deal…but she does take her camera work seriously! 🙂

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  8. Your daughter was so adorable, Natalie–excellent camera work, and I loved her enthusiasm when you offered her her own copy. =)

    Like Melanie said, I learn so much from these posts!

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  9. Gwendolyn McIntyre

    Very nicely done, Natalie. Of course you can always ‘donate’ those extras to your ‘friends’.

    OR … You can do strange things with them, or at least the dust-jackets. Case in point…
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/04/24/151295590/cardboard-prom-dress-is-just-the-right-fit-for-this-young-woman

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    • Natalie Dias Lorenzi

      Oh my goodness, Gwen–I heard an interview with this girl on NPR yesterday! I also saw a paper gown one time in the window of Papyrus, a card and paper store–it was exquisite! I’ll ask Charlesbrige to whip up a FLYING THE DRAGON dress for my book launch….what do you think?? 😉

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  10. The sign of a true pro is fitting in a video before soccer-driving duty! *bows* Lots of great ideas here. I second the one about a Goodreads giveaway. Just started one myself and they made it very easy to set up. Also love the idea of giveaways at low-income schools and/or schools with a large ESL program. Enjoy this lovely moment!

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    • Natalie Dias Lorenzi

      Thanks, Jeanne! So fun to celebrate with you. My kids LOVED your stop-action video, by the way. What a great way to archive this moment before you start giving those babies away. 🙂

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  11. I think it would be great to put a copy in the waiting room of every orthodontist’s office – plenty of bored pre-teens and teens with limited cell phone reception!

    Another possibility – donate them to the libraries of adolescent summer camp programs. Again – lots of teens and pre-teens bored and hungry for something new to read!

    Good luck! It looks terrific and your vlog was fun.

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    • Natalie Dias Lorenzi

      Great ideas, Cathy! The one about the orthodontist’s office cracked me up. 🙂 I’ll definitely have to look into some summer programs.

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  12. Joann C

    No word “play”- could only see your look. Being on the EMU debut tells me you are doing great things in writing and a new book is out there. Your first blog-yea.

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    • Natalie Dias Lorenzi

      Thanks, Joann. You should be able to click the triangle on the bottom lefthand side, or click in the middle of the screen.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Mike Jung

    HEY NATALIE THAT’S YOU! Kudos to you and Sofia on a great job, and wow, those books are beautiful. I also think giveaways of assorted kinds are good, and I don’t know what the public library funding is like over there, but over here it’s utterly wretched, so that’s another thought. Congratulations! It’s the real thing!

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    • Natalie Dias Lorenzi

      Yet another good suggestion–thanks, Mike.

      It’s funny, because when I saw your first vlog, I thought HEY MIKE THAT’S YOU! 🙂

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