I’m home for a few days after the Parent Hacks book tour kickoff in Portland, Seattle and the SF Bay Area and am still dumbfounded by the response to the book.
Parent Hacks is currently the #1 New Release in Amazon’s Baby & Toddler Parenting category, which is, well…it’s mind-blowing. So far, the book has been covered on Buzzfeed, Cool Mom Picks, The Washington Post, Babble, Boing Boing, New York Family, Kottke.org, NextDraft, Parenting.com, and that’s not even a complete list.
I am so proud of this book…and that a new generation of parents is discovering the community that made it possible. Thank you. THANK YOU.
Here’s a recap of the book tour so far:
Portland, OR recap
I kicked off the tour in every Portland author’s dream bookstore: Powell’s Books. I spoke at the Cedar Hills location which for some reason I’d never been to before. It’s gorgeous. I was joined in conversation by Amy Wang of The Oregonian (sadly, my other guest speaker, Melissa Sher of Mammalingo, couldn’t attend) and it was a relaxed and lovely event. So many of my friends and local members of my Book Launch Team came out, even on a sunny evening! My husband and daughter were there, too, which was a total treat. (My son opted to stay home and finish his homework. Because I give talks at Powell’s every day.)
- I got to stand behind the famous Powell’s podium, which looks like a giant stack of books.
- Feeling so supported by old- and new friends.
- Getting the “speaker discount” on a bunch of new books we couldn’t resist buying (including another Workman book).
- Finding out Parent Hacks would get a “Staff Recommended” tag on the shelf.
Seattle, WA recap
Two days later I flew to Seattle and started off by calming my nerves over an amazing dinner with friends. A big thank you to Jessica Hagy, Allison McDonald, Carol Schiller, Jenny Ingram, Giyen Kim, and Marie LeBaron for celebrating with me. (A couple of them had to take a ferry to do so.)
The next day, I spoke to a big crowd new parents at MommyCon, a conference that educates and builds community mostly around natural parenting methods. I say mostly because it’s a very open and supportive event that recognizes one-size-does-not-fit-all. I loved meeting new parents and seeing all the babies (was mine ever that small?).
- Meeting Amber, who first “met” me on Momversation, a great video show I did years ago.
- Talking to a new dad who appreciated the book title is Parent Hacks and not Mom Hacks.
- Having a media escort who was able to swing by the Apple store at the last minute to get AV connectors for my laptop.
- Getting to see downtown Seattle at sunset.
San Francisco Bay Area, CA recap
From there I flew to San Francisco. My first event was a Palo Alto dinnertime meetup hosted by Beth Blecherman of TechMamas. Thanks to her, I got to hang out with a fabulous group of Silicon Valley bloggers and swap stories over burgers and some of the best fries I’ve had in a while. I also recorded an interview with Armin Brott, AKA Mr. Dad, for his Positive Parenting radio show. It was a lot of fun to do the interview in a studio complete with big microphones and a fancy sound mixing board, and Armin immediately makes everyone comfortable.
The next morning was an amazing Berkeley event hosted by Heather Flett and Whitney Moss of Rookie Moms and 510Families. It was a “toddler playdate” with parents + kids at an adorable indoor playspace called The Rec Room Cafe. It was SO FUN. Whitney and Heather have built a wonderful community in the East Bay and it was wonderful to be a part of it for a few hours (especially because I called Berkeley home for years…my son was born there). Guests got to relax because their kids were entertained, we gave away prizes and goody bags, I talked about Parent Hacks, and we ended up selling out of all the books.
The next day I gave a brown bag lunchtime talk in the Medium offices, organized by engineer and friend Jean Hsu. The lunch served wasn’t exactly “brown bag” unless you pack roasted salmon, fresh fruit, and an array of other amazing dishes in your lunch. WOW. The offices were beautiful, and it was an honor to speak to employees and guests there.
Trivia: Medium founder Evan Williams also founded Blogger, which popularized blogs, which is how this whole crazy story got started!
- The Cheese Board.
- Watching Heather and Whitney do their thing (they are PROS).
- Seeing people buy the book for friends as gifts.
- Signing books with a magenta Sharpie.
- Visiting Chris Anderson at the 3D Robotics office and sitting outside talking about drones, kids, and how we handle screen time limits.
- Surprising one of my old professors in his UC Berkeley office and then spending almost 3 hours listening to his stories.
- Seeing Parent Hacks in Book Passage in the Ferry Building.
- Spending the evening in SF with Gabrielle Blair, first at a fancy press party and then talking over tacos & churros.
- Sitting on a sofa in front of a fireplace at The Four Seasons Hotel with Maggie Mason and Helen Jane Hearn.
- Brunch with Heather Flett and Whitney Moss.
- Seeing old friends, some of whom I’ve known since birth, others since elementary school, middle school and college.
- Hanging out with my parents, going on a long walk in the town where I grew up, and taking BART all the way to SFO (that wasn’t built when I was a kid).
NEXT UP: New Jersey and New York!
Here’s what’s happening this week. Come! Tell your friends!
- April 15, Paramus, New Jersey: The Mother of All Baby Showers (More info & ticket purchase)
- April 16, Manhattan, NYC: Playdate at The Playroom NYC with support from Mommy Poppins and Cool Mom Picks — bring the kids! Includes admission, a signed book, snacks, and an amazing goody bag! (More info and ticket purchase)
- April 17, Larchmont, NY: In conversation with Emily McKhann of TheMotherhood.com at The Voracious Reader, a lovely local bookstore. (More info, free)
- April 18, Brooklyn, NY: Playdate at Curiosity on Court with support from Mommy Poppins and Cool Mom Picks — bring the kids! Includes admission, snacks, raffle entry and more! (More info & ticket purchase)
More cities on the way!
- April 25: Los Angeles, CA
- May 9: Phoenix, AZ (with Joshua Becker of BecomingMinimalist.com)
- May 10: Salt Lake City, UT
- May 12: Chicago, IL
- May 13: Orlando, FL
- May 17: Portland, OR
- And more to come (Houston, Atlanta, Nashville, Tampa, So. Florida…)
If you have friends in any of the tour cities, please tell them! If you’re not sure if you can come to an event (I know how schedules can be), click the “Interested” button on the Facebook event listing so I at least know you’re in the area.