For those of you who don’t know, I have a book coming out soon called, Pretending You Care: The Retail Employee Handbook. It is being published by Hyperion, and is due to be released this October.
Much more than a simple compilation book, Pretending You Care is a parody self help book for retail employees. Along with 200 strips from the first year and a half of Retail, the book is chuck full of humorous advice, analysis, and anecdotes from my own painful retail career.
I began writing this book in August of last year, and I don’t mind telling you that it feels good to finally be a mere 12 weeks away from the finished product . Between watching my kids, producing Retail, maintaining Cooper’s Blog, and writing this book, I didn’t have a whole lot of free time for a period of about 8 months. My social life was put completely on hold for what seems like a very long time, so it’s nice to have a little breathing room for a change.
All in all it’s been a labor of love though. I’m proud of this book, and have high hopes for it. The format gave me the opportunity to be a lot more raw and elaborative than I can in the confines of a daily newspaper strip. If you like the comic strip, then you’ll REALLY enjoy Pretending You Care.
Anyone interested in pre-ordering a copy can do so by visiting Amazon.com or a plethora of other online booksellers.
The official release date is October 16th.