The Benny Book

Created by John Pointer

Here's where you can order your own copy of Yesterday Was Weird as well as shirts, small posters, and large prints related to it.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Add your voice to Benny's Book!
about 1 year ago – Sat, Apr 21, 2018 at 01:27:58 AM

We're on the last step in the design process: adding your voice! Please describe your feelings about the story in one sentence as a comment below. I'll pick the 3 or 4 sweetest ones to print inside the front cover of the first edition!

Here's the dust jacket layout, so you can see where they'll go:

Add your voice!
Add your voice!

And let your friends know we're *finally* going to print! They can still order their own copies at

Finishing the files LIVE!
over 1 year ago – Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 10:58:27 PM

I recently sent a message to all the backers sharing this page:

That's where you can watch all the action from Benny's facebook page, whether you have an account on that platform or not. The only disadvantage is that it won’t simulcast a live broadcast, you can only watch the video of what happened. I don’t mean to exclude people, I’m just doing my best as a one-man publishing house to go show up where the largest number of Benny’s buddies live online.

If you do have a facebook account, I'll be livestreaming the last of the editing tomorrow at noon central time! I’ll walk the last few steps with you, talk about where we are in the process and what that means in terms of the timeline, and answer any questions you have.

Here’s the link to Benny’s page:

Thanks for your patience and support through all of this. You have all been incredibly kind and I appreciate it deeply.

See you tomorrow at noon Central time!

Sharing the Sample Materials with You on Faceboook Live!
over 1 year ago – Fri, Dec 08, 2017 at 07:21:51 PM

The sample materials came from the book printer! I'll show them to you and take questions on Facebook Live at 2pm CST (GMT -6). I'll repost the broadcast at and over here once the video is up. 

If you have any questions, just ask!

I've signed the contract with the printer!
over 1 year ago – Tue, Dec 05, 2017 at 08:32:35 PM

Great news, everyone: I've signed the contract with the printer!

If you didn't get a chance to watch it live on the facebook page ( you can watch it there! 

If you don't have a Facebook account, you can also watch it here:

We're getting really close! Thank you so much for coming on this journey and sticking with me along the way!


Several steps closer...
almost 2 years ago – Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 03:10:56 PM

Turns out, it's terrifying to face your fears. At least, it is for me. That's part of the news about where we are today. I realized that the closer we got to the finish line, the more fearful I was of making a mistake.

After I printed the test copy, I went into emotional paralysis. Admitting it was the first step, so now that I'm aware, I'm walking through the fear. In the end, all I can do is my best.

I contacted the designers today to knock out the last few steps:

  • Adding "Pro Bene Publishing, 1712 E Riverside Dr #201, Austin, TX 78741" to the credits page 
  • Adding an ISBN (need to find out if I have to buy it or if the printer will assign it) 
  • Desaturating the artwork - it's too vibrant for how sad the story is 

As you can see, that remaining punch list is really, really short, so that's good news.

Even better news: I selected a printing company! They will send me all the information next week for setting up the artwork for their machines. I'll also find out if I need to supply an ISBN or if they will provide one (step two, above).

I also hired a research assistant to find contact information for the various national veterinary offices, veterinary associations, pet stores, online communities, and pet grief organizations. I need to know if any of them want copies before I go to press. *Important note: I will not delay the process. I will simply add their numbers to the order if they submit them in time.*

As always, thank you for your support. Your patience has not gone unnoticed and I'm going to make sure it is rewarded with the best book possible. And remember, this is the only time I'll do this myself, so it will become collectible the instant it reaches your hands.

Benny's Person, John

p.s. if you want to update your mailing address, payment information, or order, you can do so at You can also download your rough draft copy of the eBook there! 

p.p.s. spread the word and let your friends know that they still have a little time to order their own copy at