Can I Be Big in NYC?
June 2, 2017
The big day...releasing my book, Hey Mom Can I Be Big, in NYC! I woke up early with my throat and nose clogged. Head was heavy. COME ON???? This was the biggest day of my literary life thus far and I felt horrible. But the show must go on so I got ready hoping I didn’t look as bad as I felt. Wearing my Hey Mom Chucks, I grabbed an authentic NY bagel then headed to the Javitts Center. I had my cute high heels in my bag. I took one look at them and thought...nope...I am wearing my new Chucks for this experience! I ran by my publisher's booth for a pep talk and then headed for the green room. My head still didn’t feel great and now the nerves set in...
I found my signing booth, Booth #12. I had about a million butterflies in my stomach. What if no one is out there? I peaked out from behind the curtain…and there was a line! LET’S DO THIS! Next thing I knew I was being shuffled from behind the curtain and they said, you are on! I jumped on the stool, grabbed a pen and smiled at the first lady who came up. All of that anxiety and fear washed away. I was sitting at a booth with people coming at me, so happy that I was signing MY book for THEM...in NYC at the biggest book show in the world. I told THEM, thank you! They didn't understand that they had help to make my dream come true! A dream I have had since I was a child!
I was on a high at that point. Stuffy head forgotten. I still had on my Chucks, so I was practically skipping through the Expo. I had another awesome book signing at the StoryBook Genius Publishing booth. I loved talking about who the book was based on and hearing stories from other parents who hear, HEY MOM!, just as much as I do! Connecting with readers is an amazing experience. The NYC release of, Hey Mom Can I Be Big! , was a success. Now I get to be a fan and explore the show...
Neil Patrick Harris, Lemony Snicket, and Chris Harris were having an open forum downstairs…YES! I headed down there and got a seat. They all had new books coming out. Neil Patrick Harris had top hats advertising his book for everyone in the audience. I grabbed one and was determined to get it home to Kel. He would LOVE it. They all had book signings right after, so I immediately went upstairs to get in line for Lemony Snicket ( you had to have tickets for NPH). I finally got to the front of the line and someone came up and said, uhh, this woman has a “first to the line ticket”. My annoyance shows…..this face…lol. BUT, the first thing Lemony Snicket said was “line cutter!”. Well, I just played off that, and we went to town. The poor woman. LS and I obviously had a similar personality and well, poor, her…lol I assured her that I was only kidding…seriously.. sorta. So after she practically runs away from us, it is my turn. I look at LS and said, take the weirdest pic you can…and three of the funniest pictures came from that encounter. We bantered for several minutes and the people behind me started to get restless. Well, his buddy, Chris Harris, who also has a book out (he was a writer and producer on How I Met Your Mother with NPH) was a few lanes over and I wanted his book. I headed over there and showed him the pics with LS. I asked him, can you do better???? AND HE DELIVERED. We had a hilarious pic.
Wrapping up one amazing day, StoryBook Genius authors, editors, and staff all came together to celebrate BEA 2017 and our successful book releases in NYC! We toasted with wine. CHEERS! What an amazing day. I can’t describe exactly what I felt other than the highest high. So yes...I can Be Big in NYC.
Kale is back…but this time he wants to be big! Hang in there mom…he can’t make too much of a mess…right? From the author of, Hey Mom! Can you, comes a delightful tale of the struggle between a child’s independence and a parent’s sanity!
About the Author
Cari Pointer first became interested in writing children’s books while taking a creative writing class during high school in the small southern town of Puxico, Missouri. She went on to attend Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, where her career interests turned toward helping ensure the safety and welfare of children. Cari has been working as a child welfare advocate for the State of Missouri for over a decade. In addition to working full time as a professional child welfare advocate, she is the mother of two growing boys. Her boys inspired the Hey Mom book series with their endless amount of the “hey mom, can yous”. In 2015, with the support of her husband and two boys, Cari decided to pursue her dream of writing her first children’s book. With her role as a published children’s book author, Cari has a new tool to use in her continued advocacy for children. Cari encourages other aspiring authors to live a life with “Big Dreams, No Regrets”, as she has. Follow her Hey, Mom blog http://www.sbgpublishing.com/category/hey-mom-blog/