It’s been a great day full of adventure. Karla and I had our first reading and signing event at a local elementary school where they were celebrating Dr. Seuss. There were lots of excited kids who sat and listened to us read. They were all so adorable, and very friendly too. They made an amazing poster for the entryway to the classroom where we were stationed.
What a great night to hook up with some old friends and meet new ones too.
Karla has such a great storytelling voice. All the kids were very enamored with her when she read. A big thanks goes out to all the parents who took time to bring their kids out. I hope we can do more events like this.
What kind of events have you done to promote your books? I’d love to hear from you.
I was so excited last year when I began to collaborate with a fellow friend, Karla Gragg, to do some illustrations for a story she’d written. I didn’t know what I’d gotten myself into at first, but just the thought of a new project invigorated me. She’d written a great story years earlier. It had a very important life lesson I wanted to be a part of bringing to children.
God is amazing. He gave me the opportunity to know a couple, Lisa and Butch Montgomery, who’d started a small publishing company a few years back. They were great to work with on this manuscript. Thanks to them, all the little pitfalls and adjustments along the way were made much easier.
It’s interesting to take someone else’s story and put your own design into it. Karla was a little surprised by my color choices, but she gladly let me have artist freedom to work as I pleased. Every few weeks, I’d bring my computer for her to see my progress. We both celebrated together as the book began to take form.
Then off it went to be published. For all you writers out there, you know that’s not the end of the work. Designing the front cover, working on page setup, and sending and resending the proof was part of the long process. And a big thanks goes out to Butch for fixing some problems between my program and the one used by the publishing house.
It was on the one year anniversary of losing three foster children we loved dearly that I commemorated their life with us by starting the first picture of this book. It was part of the healing process to create the illustrations.And I dedicated it to them and my own five children. I hope someday to hand them each a copy of this book.
Here we are today with our book on Amazon and True Horizons Publishing. I’ve heard it made it into some stores too. Thank you Lord for overseeing us through this beautiful journey
Now, I hope you all enjoy this book with your children and grandchildren.