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It’s Here!

Yesterday a box came.  A large, heavy box.  Full of books!  My books! EEEEE!

I opened the box and it was a glorious shining moment.  Everyone oooed and aaahed.  We basked in the moment together.

Ok…it wasn’t quite like that.  The box arrived while I was at work (Yep. I still work full-time.  Having a children’s book published is not the way I pictured it as a child–where you write a book and become rich and famous instantly.  In reality, my income is pretty much unchanged!)  My husband was off for the day and like a child on Christmas, he couldn’t wait and he opened the box.  I’ll admit I wasn’t very happy about that.  But I forgave him quickly. 

I also got several messages throughout the day about people receiving their preorders.  So by the time I got home from work, I was basically the last person in the world who got to see it, or at least, that’s how I was feeling at that point. But upon seeing the book at last, the frustration I felt at being the last to see it melted away and turned into excitement.

The book is beautiful.  Even better than I imagined. The high-quality printing process shows off the detail I put into my artwork wonderfully. When I had my book printed at a print-on-demand press before I had submitted it for publishing, I couldn’t see a lot of the detail and I assumed that was just a natural consequence of going from digital to print.  Now I know that when you use a better printing process, you can get better results!  I’m so happy to know all the time and effort I put into the illustrations didn’t go to waste.

If you want a copy of the book before April, there is still time to pre-order!  I think it’s a very pretty book…though I may be a teensy bit biased. 🙂





I have a confession.  The other day…I Googled myself.  I know, I know.  It’s shameful!

The Googling came after I realized my book has been put up on Barnes and Noble.  That made me squeal a little.  Seeing my book listed up on a real bookstore’s website made it feel like this is really happening.  It probably should have felt like it was really happening at the point when the publisher said, “Hey, sign this contract,” but for some reason it didn’t really sink in until I saw myself on Barnes and Noble.  Now I officially feel like one of those people who write book thingies.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I was curious to see if my book was up on any other websites that I wasn’t aware of, so I went ahead and did a search.  I can see that my publishing team has been hard at work (thank you!) because the book came up on multiple sites.  What I was very surprised to find was a brief review of my book.

After reading it, I wanted to cry.  My first review, and it’s positive!  It’s such a simple little thing, but I felt overwhelmed.  Up to this point, aside from the publisher and distributor, only family and a few close friends have read the book.  They all had positive things to say, but these are people who love me.  What else are they going to say?  Not to imply that they were being insincere, but it’s always harder to believe praise from your sweet and loving family, right?  They have to see you on a regular basis, so nobody wants to tell you if they think it sucks. So seeing this review from a complete stranger who liked it was really fantastic.  It literally put a lump in my throat.  Maybe I’m too sentimental, but that’s how I felt.   

If any of you have the time, do check out Book Review Cafe. It’s where my review was posted, and I believe it’s worth checking out if you’re interested in reading up on some books that may not be out in the mainstream yet.  It is run by Teresa Brouwer, and she reviews many books by new and upcoming authors.  As an upcoming author, I am so appreciative of this!  It’s hard to get your work out there, in children’s books especially, so the fact that there are people willing to review unknown authors and books fills me with warm fuzzies.  If you have a book you would like reviewed, I recommend giving her a shot.  She also has no idea that I’m writing this post, and we have never been in contact with each other, so I hope she doesn’t mind. 

Now let’s hope I can keep up this (tiny) track record of good reviews.  Read the rest of this entry