My children’s book, Monkey Made of Sockies was published in the fall of 2005. To launch the book, my first book release party was held at Ridgemark Golf and Country Club in Hollister, CA.
It was a great venue for my book signing/release. The room was large enough to display about 20 of the paintings from the book and Jodie Marshall and Eric Dietz made sure the event went off without a hitch and even helped to publicize the event.
The party was a lot of fun and well attended. I felt truly supported by our community. At the time, there were many people who inquired when I would have a sock monkey to go with my book. It was something I wanted to add to my repertoire but only if I could license the use of my image on the monkeys. I did not want to carry and distribute inventory. (Still don’t!)
Releasing a new book took up much of my time and I put the licensing on the back burner.
And then one day, Eric Deitz casually mentioned that my sock monkeys would make great golf club headcovers. The idea made me laugh out loud. But I was still overloaded and didn’t act on it.
One day early in Spring, Eric mentioned it again. This time I decided to focus my energy on this seriously silly endeavor. Monkey Made of Sockies headcovers would be a a fun project and I could see it done. (If I can see it done, I can make it happen.)
So I hired sock monkey maker extraordinaire, Tamara Hudson, to create a prototype based on my Monkey Made of Sockies character. She created a beautiful monkey.
I then asked Eric who he would recommend to approach for licensing. The first company he suggested was Daphne’s Headcovers. First, I read every inch of their web site, then I checked out their products in pro shops. (Beautiful, beautiful headcovers!) I was a bit nervous so I made a script to help me communicate why Monkey Made of Sockies would be a good headcover.
Well I didn’t need the script. Once I introduced myself to owner Jane Spicer, she simply asked me to mail the prototype. Eric had already paved the way.
I packed and shipped that puppy the same day. That was April of 2007. There’s a lot of stuff that goes on in between conception and delivery. I won’t bore you with the details but by April of 2008, Monkey Made of Sockies will be in a pro shop near you.
Eric never asked for a thing in return for his benevolence. He mentioned that one of his favorite charities was Play Golf America. I decided to give back by donating half the proceeds of my royalties to Play Golf America.
I’m just one of the grateful recipients of Eric’s generosity. He’s touched the lives of so many people. And though he’s left the area, it’s a small world thanks to the Internet. Rochester Golf and Country Club is lucky to have him as their General Manager.
I ‘ll let you know when we have the Monkey Made of Sockies Headcover release party. I’m finishing the year in gratitude and can’t wait to see what the next release party brings!
Another practice session in the back yard.