I’ve long acknowledged that having children was the end of any sense of modesty for me. Shitting on the delivery table? Yup, that put the kabbash on that.

Writing a book, however, brought me to a whole new level.

I am now completely and utterly shameless. This, my friends, is how I now spend my days…

How I wish I were kidding.

In the last couple weeks, I’ve begun accosting innocent strangers who shall now associate Barnes and Noble with crazy ladies. I’ve made it a habit to visit at least one bookstore a day, so I can rearrange the store displays. I sneak in Sharpies to sign copies which I haven’t been asked to sign. I shove the book in people’s faces so they have no choice but to see it.

I’ve officially gone crazy.

So, please… just buy the book.

Don’t make me come and find you.

About the writer


What started as an innocent on-line baby book to chronicle Jill Smokler’s stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect. Welcome to Scary Mommy!


Mod Mom Beyond IndieDom 4 years ago

I downloaded it to my nook today and I am loving it!
Congrats and I hope there’ll be a book #2! (Not a poop pun) 😉

Kimberly 4 years ago

I’m quite certain that if you were there in MY bookstore, I’d be on my phone so fast to all my friends…and they’d all come down and buy a book…and I’m sure we would be delighted to have margaritas with you at the cantina next door!

Marta 4 years ago

My book arrived yesterday from Amazon and sadly no sharpie signature. I will now scour bookstores in the off chance you’ve been there :-) Come to Minnesota!

Anna 4 years ago

I’ll be at your signing in Jersey and I look forward to seeing the “crazy” in person!

Lin 4 years ago

Haha, you’re so funny! I dont know how anyone could say no to buying your book.

Ive already bought my copy on my Nook but maybe I’ll grab a hard copy for the SIL. She could use a good laugh & maybe it’ll get that paranoid new mom stick out of her butt haha.

Galit Breen 4 years ago


Love these, adore you!

Nina 4 years ago

Oh my goodness Jill, I love you. Love the videos!

Dipaola momma 4 years ago

Book Ho!

DT @ Dead Trees and Silver Screens 4 years ago

I bought a copy! I can’t wait to review it on my blog!

Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom 4 years ago

Bought it. Read it. Loved it. Now when’s the movie?!

Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes 4 years ago

Ow shoot. I already bought it! Now you don’t have a reason to come to Belgium anymore. Damn, I’ll just have to eat all that chocolate alone then…

Lynn from For Love or Funny 4 years ago

Funny! I can’t wait to see you at my bookstore!!

Moomser 4 years ago

Got the book on kindle the day it came out (does that count?)… but you can still come and find me… we’ll drink a glass of bubbly to your success!

tracy@sellabitmum 4 years ago

I think we need some kind of National Scary Mommy Day – you know like The Rapture – and we all commit to heading out to our local bookstores and shamelessly promoting your book to everyone. Right? I’m in! xo

Shirley@motivatedmommyoftwo 4 years ago

You do what you have to do to get the work out there. These videos are the best.

Holly 4 years ago

My daughter just watched these videos with me and said, “She seems nice. She’s not scary. Why is she called Scary Mommy?” Jill, you rock – I’m so proud of you.

Rebeccah 4 years ago

Look at it like this. You are Scary Mommy online. It wouldn’t be your authentic, true and honest self if you were not somewhat scary in person. I say, “Keep up the light stalking!”

Breah 4 years ago

I can’t wait to get it. I have to wait until my birthday in June, because we’re broke.

The Mommy Psychologist 4 years ago

Well, apparently it’s working because you’ve made the New York Times Bestselling list! Congratulations.

Also, I’ve been polling parents to see if there are any parenting books that they feel have made a difference in their parenting. Would love it if anyone could provide their input:

Estelle Sobel Erasmus 4 years ago

I am getting your book on Kindle! So excited to read it.

GrandeMocha 4 years ago

Loved the sales job on the customer. So funny!

Kristin @ What She Said 4 years ago

Hey, pimpin’ ain’t easy.

I live in WV’s eastern panhandle, about 75 minutes from Baltimore. Meet me halfway in Frederick and let me buy you lunch while you tell me how to go about getting an agent and doing the whole publishing thing, and I’ll buy the book AND let you write whatever you want in it.

You think I’m kidding.

Kayla 4 years ago

I’m going to buy your book when you visit Myrtle Beach in 4 days! It’s been on my calendar since your tour schedule came out. The nanny is taking an extra duty that night, he just doesn’t know it yet.

Elaine 4 years ago

I just LOVED seeing you in action! Sell that book, girl! You’re gonna be at blogHer to sign my copy(ies) right?!? ;P xo

Carrie 4 years ago

Just added it to my cart on Amazon, and did you SEE the book it was most frequently bought with ? LOL!

Varda (SquashedMom) 4 years ago

Snort! You know… if I had a book out? I can guarantee I’d be totally the same way. Worse even (if that’s possible). My husband is a published author, and I have been known to visit B&Ns and, um, do a little creative marketing work… drag his books to the front of the section, place them on display tables we haven’t paid the co-op advertising fee for (and why is this scheme called “payola” and illegal in radio but perfectly OK for publishing?)

Also I am SO sorry I missed your book release party here in the city! I was planning to go – even used it as a (convenient but flimsy) excuse to buy a new spring top – and then it was on a night my husband teaches & I had another babysitter snafu. (I am becoming very envious of my friends whose kids are now old enough to leave for a few hours without sitters. And with one of my sons on the autism spectrum, that is likely to happen for us – NEVER.)

Donna 4 years ago

Amusingly as I was trying to read this post a huge pop-up ad for the book appeared, obscuring the post entirely. Good luck!

Jack@TheJackB 4 years ago

Nothing wrong with hustling a little bit.

Alison@Mama Wants This 4 years ago

I’m waiting for you to accost me.


Kidding. I’ve been meaning to get on Amazon and get a copy. Promise, I’ll do it in time for before this baby is born so I can read it during labor.

mrs.monica@RTP_inHeels 4 years ago

I read your book in 2 days and related to almost every page. I’m sad it’s already over. You need to write a sequel! :) Congrats on your successes!

bree 4 years ago

you can TOTALLY come find me…

    bree 4 years ago

    AND you can accost me as well…

Anne Kimball 4 years ago

Hmmmm….that crazy lady looks eerily familiar…..

Erika 4 years ago

Good for you Jill! No shame in showing the world what you have created! I wish I could have mine autographed, but it is on my Nook. Oh well! I still loved it!’i will make sure I give it to every new Mommy I know!

Jennifer 4 years ago

You may have gone crazy, but at least you have not resorted to flashing people or anything like that. On second thought, you may want to go for it :)
P.S. Love the book.

Cassie 4 years ago

You are and should be proud of you accomplishments! That is a wonderful thing…..keep it up!! Besides, how would people know how awesome the book if you didn’t force them to buy it?! : )

Kate in Ohio 4 years ago

I preordered for my kindle and woke up to find it. I read it that day and I loved it. If you accosted me I would buy you a Coke since I don’t drink coffee. Come to Cleveland!

debi9kids 4 years ago

are you coming to PA?
I’d love to be accosted.
(that came out wrong.)

PattiH 4 years ago

I’m waiting to buy it for my birthday when you come to my favorite bookstore, Anderson’s. Putting it on the calendar right now!

Jane 4 years ago

You are so darling!!! I’d totally buy 5 if you accosted me!

April S 4 years ago

I pre ordered my copy & it arrived on April 2 :)

Life with kaishon 4 years ago

I bought it and I looooove it! I will do a blog Post about it ASAP!!! You look great.

Mary 4 years ago

It’s all good! Barnes & Noble should be paying you for providing entertainment to its patrons and livening up the place. I predict an SNL skit in your future … fun!

Abby 4 years ago

You’ve got to show it to sell it, woman! I’m talking about the book, of course, and nothing else…

But if you’ve got it, flaunt it 😉

christy 4 years ago

You are so adorable!

Virginia Llorca 4 years ago

When ever I see an ereader, computer, or smartphone display, I load up the page for one of my ebooks.

Stephanie 4 years ago

Bahahaha! That’s cute, though! I’d gladly buy a hunch if you piled them up in my arms!!

    Stephanie 4 years ago

    Or, you know, a bunch. Whatever you were offering. :-)

Brittany 4 years ago

I’m going to buy them for all the Mommy’s that I know for Mother’s Day!

Leila (Don’t Speak Whinese) 4 years ago

Finding a crazy lady in my Barnes and Nobles would make my day. You are hilarious!

JenniferG 4 years ago

OMG. That is hilarious. Come to Frederick. We’ll drink and freak people out together. :)

Melissa 4 years ago

Hey, if I wrote a book, I’d do the same thing! You rock. I pre-ordered the book & LOVED it! <3

Corey Feldman 4 years ago

Love it. I will defintely buy the book.

Tanya Doyle 4 years ago

Ain’t no shame in going out there and getting the word out. And you do it well.

This is precisely why you’ve got thousand and thousands of followers. And I have 12.

    Tanya Doyle 4 years ago

    Uh, I forgot to mention the little thing called talent. That probably has something to do with your numbers too. lol.


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