Since it has been such a long time I feel as thought I should address all my blog readers as, Hello Earthlings! I am still a human living on this earth. Seriously though, I’m sorry it’s has been such a long time, but I am very excited to share with you that the children’s book that I have been working on for the past year is finally a reality.
You can check it out on Amazon here. A new iBook version will be available soon and I plan to post a reading excerpt in the next couple weeks.
Bringing this project to completion has been such a wild ride, and definitely a learning experience. I was met with problems and obstacles that come with doing something I’ve never done before and that come with life in general. But holding the completed project in my hands, has confirmed that seeing the project through and holding true to my vision for the project was totally worth it.
One of the hills I chose to die on with this project was that it would be hardcover bound book. I struggled to find a printer who offered this option and who would also produce an affordable book. When I finally found the printer that I would use, I encountered more problems: from document formatting problems, to uploading issues. At my wits end and a pile of tears on the floor, I happened to think of my uncle and that he might be able to help me with the formatting and uploading process. Not only did he help me format the book to the required format, but he also made the book shine, by amping up the color of the illustrations, changing the font, and a few pages of the overall book layout.
I tell you this story to encourage you to go after those things in life that YOU really want. I say to those of you who are experiencing the blood, sweat, and tears of your passion, dreams, or goals, don’t give up. Grit your teeth, scream into a pillow, yell obscene language into the night, and keep on reaching and pushing, because the struggle to make what you want a reality is worth it; sometimes when we feel like we can’t go on, someone appears to help, or something happens and makes a way. This isn’t to say that success is a guarantee, but in my experience, the universe has a way of rewarding those who put in the time and effort into something worthwhile.
I would like to take a moment to thank those who partnered with me in this project. Jennie, for being the first to believe in this project and for creating such beautiful illustrations that truly brought this story and it’s characters to life. To Lee Ann Bisulca for your invaluable editing: this story would not be what it is without your hard work. Uncle Eric, for “rescuing me” and making the visual aspects of this book all they could be: the book wouldn’t be what it is without your talents. To Stacey and Margie for providing me with opportunities to sell and showcase my book and for all your encouragement and love. To my mom and dad, for being patient “patrons” and for the ways you helped me bring this project to life and EVERYTHING you do for me: I am blessed to have you as parents.
Thank you to all my friends, family, and kind strangers who have supported this project and my writing. Writing is a solitary art, but I would not have finished this project or continued in this career with out your love and support.