Book Report #3: Can 4 million ball pit balls make you a better parent?

How can 4 million ball pit balls make you a better parent? 

That's one of the questions I've been answering in Chapter 2 of my book about how better researchers make better parents. Today I'm climbing out of the ball pit to share a few details about how books get made...and to ask for your help making my book. 

Who makes a book? There's the author, who writes the book, as well as all the people--spouses, kids, siblings, parents, colleagues, friends, research assistants, and writing group buddies--who help her write it. There's sometimes a literary agent, who introduces the author's work to publishers. Those publishing companies actually produce the physical copies of the book, using ink and paper made by others. Those are just some of the people involved in making a book. 

There's one more group essential to making a book: readers. 

Obviously, readers are how an author sells her work: they buy the books, and sometimes, if she's lucky, they tell other people to buy the books too. But increasingly, a book doesn't even get made without readers. When submitting a book proposal, an author is expected to write about her "platform," including unique visitors to their blogs, newsletter subscribers, and social media followers, but also brand partners and media connections, all of whom demonstrate that the author has an audience of people ready to buy the book.

If you want to know what 4 million ball pit balls have to do with good parenting, you'll have to buy the book. And for that book to get made, I have to prove that you're likely to buy it. Ball pits not your thing? I've also got IKEA human traffickers, as well as our old friends the moldy Sophies. Here's what you can do to made sure that Chapter 2--as well as the rest of the book--gets published: 

Subscribe to the snackdinner newsletter: If you're not already subscribed to snackdinner's newsletter, sign up! You'll get an e-mail no more than once a week with links to snackdinner content as well as other cool parenting and research resources.

Now get more people to sign up. Post the newsletter link on social media and tell your friends and family why you like reading it. Better yet, forward the newsletter to three friends and ask them to sign up. If they each sign up three friends, who each sign up three more friends, and then those friends each sign up three friends...well, we'll exceed the world's population in just 21 rounds, because of the power of exponents. That's just one of the cool research lessons your friends can learn about on snackdinner. 

Ask questions. I want to make snackdinner a more interactive space. What do you want to know more about? Send me an e-mail! No research question is too big or too small. 

Create a snackdinner club. Back when I started snackdinner, I made a list of dreams for the site. one of those dreams was to start snackdinner clubs where parents and kids would get together in an un-Pinterest-worthy setting and just relax with cheese, olives, and other nibbles alongside grape juice in both kid and grown-up flavors. If you know a new parent, bring them a snackdinner and share your photos with us at @trysnackdinner

Keep reading. This week, snackdinner is celebrating its second blogiversary. Whether you're a new reader or you've been here from the beginning, I'm so glad you're here. I can't wait to share more with you in the coming year. 

Oh look at that. I've made a cute acronym, which should remind you that some days, you just need a snackdinner.