The Benny Book

Created by John Pointer

Yesterday Was Weird started as a simple post that went viral and helped millions of people cope with the grief of a loss, and remember the love that outshines it. It is now an illustrated hardcover book for anyone who has to face “weird days” of their own. There are three versions of the book: plain, paw-stamped, and stamped & signed. If you would like me to write anything special in the stamped & signed version, just send me a message and I’ll be happy to customize it for you, a friend, or a loved one. As you scroll through the other items in the store, there are still about 50 shirts available, but not in all designs, sizes, styles, or colors. Most of them are charcoal gray, but there are some in black and a very few left in baby blue. If you can’t seem to find what you want, email me and I’ll let you know if I have one. Please note: I am a one-man operation and will be out of the country, performing in Dubai from January 22nd through February 2nd. I can ship orders again starting Feb 3rd. If you have any questions, just send me an email: info@probenepress.com

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Here's the video of all the books arriving!!!
almost 2 years ago – Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 11:16:46 PM

The packing party will be on Mar 2nd! I'll be pre-sorting everything between now and then, and can't WAIT to send these to you! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your patience.

Today is the day!
almost 2 years ago – Tue, Feb 12, 2019 at 01:23:44 AM

I’ll go live on Benny Pointer’s Facebook page this afternoon (http://Facebook.com/Benny.Pointer) when the books arrive. Since it’s a public page, you shouldn’t need a Facebook account to view it.

Packing party/performance/potluck will be Mar 2nd. If you’re in the area and want to help, I’ll give you one with a white cover as a thank-you. Message me for more details on that.

I’ll ship them out shortly thereafter. Thank you so much for your patience. I can’t wait for you to have yours!

P.S. printed a few extras that may be available here http://is.gd/TheBennyBook

P.P.S. If you have friends who might find solace in the story, you can always share the original post here: http://is.gd/TheBennyPost

The Shipment Has Cleared Customs and is On Its Way to Texas!
almost 2 years ago – Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 09:45:35 PM

Guys! After what has felt like an absolute eternity, the books have cleared customs and are on their way from California to Texas! That will take about a week, and then it'll take another week to move from the Texas distribution center to the garage, where I'll stage them for the packing party! Send me a message if you want to join me there!

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YES!
YES!

Thank you for your patience and support through this whole process.

Sincerely,

John, aka Benny's Person

The First Book Is Here!
about 2 years ago – Sat, Nov 24, 2018 at 12:37:55 AM

The First Fully-Finished Copy Has Arrived!
The First Fully-Finished Copy Has Arrived!

 Join me as I open the box live on Benny's Facebook page (http://faceboook.com/Benny.Pointer) at 3pm CST!

If you don't have a facebook account, I will post the video to http://bennypointer.com as soon as I'm finished.

Thank you for your patience. This is a major step and is basically the last one before the rest are printed and the full shipment comes!

The Pre-Production Proofs Are Here!
about 2 years ago – Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 01:32:51 AM

BIG NEWS!

On Saturday, Sept 8th, I received the pre-production proofs. They look great!!! Take a look:

The Proofs!
The Proofs!

Next steps:

  • There are two small typos that I found on the dust jacket, which also show up on page 105 in the book. I've fixed them and sent the new files to the printer already.
  • I'll sign one of the books, a copy of the dust jacket, and a copy of the page proofs, to confirm my approval, and send them back to the print coordinator today!
  • They will then put the books in the official print queue and it'll just be a matter of waiting for delivery!
  • I'll order the tee shirts, posters, screen prints, and packaging for shipping about three weeks from the delivery date for the books. Those things take less time, so I want to make sure everything arrives around the same time.
  • Once I have everything on hand, I'll throw the packing party/performance/potluck, we'll put everything together, and send it out!

Timeline:

The last quote I got from the printer was 10-12 weeks on the books. That puts the delivery date sometime in December. Full disclosure: I really want them to be here in time for the holidays and will do everything I can to make that happen, but it's possible we won't hit that target. I don't want to disappoint anyone, so I wanted to put that on the table as soon as I heard. I will keep you posted with any and all new information as it comes to me. Keep your fingers crossed!

The Future:

Once this edition is in your hands, I'm going to press the second edition specifically for veterinarians, pet grief counselors, and pet stores. Those will be shorter, without all the credits at the end and without the Many Bennys art gallery. It'll reduce printing and shipping costs for me and also make sure that the first edition is absolutely, unquestionably unique.

I'm still doing this all by myself, so if you have any expertise in product distribution or know anyone who does, please let me know!

I also plan to expand the guided cathartic writing area at BennyPointer.com to serve people better and give everyone some tools for writing and sharing your own stories of love. My hope is to turn it into a forum where we can all benefit from each other's creativity and kindness. One of the most important lessons I've learned in this process was that, when we're overwhelmed by loss, it's important to remember... we may feel lonely but we are never really alone.

I'm also really curious as to what you think I should do moving forward. Just like Benny, I am here to love, serve, and support. How do you think I can do that best?

Please leave your suggestions as comments below, and thanks again for your support and patience along the way!