It's been less than 8 months since we published our first ever book Pigs Might Surf. As publishers, we've taken on the role of marketing, distributing and selling the books which as a small team has been a little tricky at times, especially while juggling our Ollypop duties too.

But I'm pleased to say it looks like our gamble has been worth it, selling our 2,000th book this week, shops re-ordering and motivating feedback from our lovely customers. 

Captive audience at Waterstones
On Monday, I did a book signing at Waterstones, Truro which was great fun and another morale boost that all the hard work is worth it. I met one lady who went out of her way to come in and see me to say she'd bought the book for her Grandson last Christmas, and that it has been his favourite story at bedtime every night since! He's talked about the book so much that his Grandfather is preparing a barn door replica of Bailie's surfboard for when he next visits Cornwall!Grumpy Pig!

Waterstones were brilliant and put on some fun colouring activities for the children with free pig sweeties for all. We brought our friend Finn along who bravely donned the pig costume. He got a little hot at times and complained of sand in the eyes (it's still full of sand after I surfed in it last October!), and here he is looking a little grumpy!

 

 


Finally, we saw this inspiring review on Amazon from 'Jimmy' who bought the book last month ...makes it all worth it, better get writing the sequel!

Ordered this book for our first born who's due any day now, because I wanted to read to them from day one and as an avid surfer I wanted a fun book that would reflect my passion for the water. Did a google search and came across this book.
So glad I found it, the story is charming and the illustrations are excellent. I can't wait to read it to our little one whenever they get here and I can already tell this will be a book that will get a lot of use. You might be thinking, 'But he's never had a child read it so what does he know?' Well I gave the book to my 4 year old nephew and he loved it. He was wide eyed and giggling throughout the whole story, pointing at the excellent artwork on every page, which is saying something as he usually has the attention span of a goldfish!
Another excellent feature is that after the story they have included some games in the back revolving around the story for the kiddies to complete, which I though was a nice touch.
I put the order through amazon with Ollypop themselves (authors and publishers of the book) and the service was excellent. The book arrived a day or so later and was even signed by Olly the writer, how cool is that!
As I said, I can't wait to start reading this book with my little one. If you have kids and like surfing or even if you don't this book is definitely worth a space in your bookshelf.