The Process

The Process:

This week has been unusually crazy! Hurricane Irma made her presence known here in GA which caused school closings. I don’t know about you, but when my kids are home from school due to natural disasters (or whenever they’re home from school in general) they get WILD!!! With that being said I worked anyways… I mean I have a book being published in less than two months and there are things to do!

Follow up from last week and The Process:
I’m still freaking out! My calendar is FULL which is a Great thing!!! I’m super stoked and ready to have this book in MY hands and YOURS!!! It’s getting REAL!
I’m inviting EVERYONE and their brother, cousin, mama, and my sister-in-laws moms ex mother-in-laws third cousins cat (kidding) to my BIG Launch party November 17th! I’m exaggerating a bit… I’m not even sure if my sister-in-laws mom has an ex mother-in-law with a third cousin who has a cat that would want to come! But you never know l?!?!… Ha! Kidding… 

Hopefully, you get the point still! Obviously, what I’m trying to say is I want everyone at The Story Shop in Monroe, GA at 6:00 pm to celebrate with me and I’m working hard to get you there! 

The Process this week:
So far this week, I’ve sent a gazillion emails regarding Star Fishing and I’m doing everything I can to make this book a success!

I’ve contacted a couple of children’s authors that I have deemed my mentors… They know who they are and I am so grateful for all of their advice! I promise to return the favor a million times over with any author related questions I get! I love giving advice and telling my story especially if it can help someone out along in their writing process. Like I’ve mentioned before this industry is tough but nothing is impossible! 

Let’s talk about my biggest fear as a children’s author with a gazillion events in the next 4-8 months:
Here ya go…
What if no one shows up to an event?!?! 

😳 What?!?! That’s my biggest fear. But honestly, someone will come right?!?! I’m sure I’m not alone with this fear and I’m sure I’ll recover if it were to ever happen… I mean seriously, after all of the rejection letters I’ve received for my books the last few years I can manage! It would be sad but I could manage. BUT… PLEASE show up! 😂

Anyways moving onto positive thinking…
I still am super stoked to have a publicist working for me! Mimi will be building my public platform as an author… She’s going to make me famous or something! Kind of crazy! Isn’t it?!?! I can’t wait to see what this means! 

Basically, this week was all about follow up. Sending emails, making phone calls, and networking all require follow ups in order to get results! I want results:) 

Zoom! on over and preorder your copy of Star Fishing today! 
http://mcpstore.biz/picture-books/27-star-fishing/
xoxo,
Amy

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The Process! 

The Process…At first glance one might think “Wow! She looks so calm, cool, and collected” -That is what you’re thinking… RIGHT? Haha! That’s funny. 
Let me just say… at this point in my publishing process, I’m beginning to semi-freak out!!! Like literally butterflies in my tummy, freak out! I know November 7th may seem far off to you, but to me it’s like next week! Next week people! 

I have done SO much since the last update in preparation for my first book, Star Fishing! If you think writing a book is hard (it is), try selling it to the world too… especially when you don’t even have a physical copy yet! 

Thank goodness the words seem to be selling themselves as I send out PDF after PDF:) Yay!!! I figure since people love the words they will be smitten over the illustrations by Janet King- she’s brilliant! 

Even though I’m about to freak OUT, I’m also still having fun (for real)! Between all of the school bookings (which are AWESOME!!!), emails, and collaborating on last minute details time is moving REAL real quick! Super fun… super crazy though. Crazy! 
My Launch team grew…
Another intern joined my team, Emily! I’m so blessed to have both Brittany and Emily working along with me through this process. Brittany is already doing such great things with my social media accounts as Marketing Manager- I couldn’t do it without her!  
Emily has taken the role of Communications Liaison. Emily is bridging relationships with bookstores for shelf space and increasing my Goodreads productivity. She’s going to rock it! 
Max Communications (Mimi Schroeder)- Book publicist. Max Communications is an Atlanta based book publicist firm. Mimi will be building my public platform as an author… Kind of crazy! Isn’t it?!?! I can’t wait to see what this means! 
With my launch team in place, my agent Sandy Fuller from Alp Arts, and my publisher Tannya Derby of MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing, I am thrilled to have the best team and support system any new author could ever have! 
My December calendar is BOOKED solid with school visits, and that’s so COOL! January is filling up fast too. This is all super surreal and really happening, and I couldn’t be more excited if I tried. Tune in next week to see what I’m up to. To all of you wanting to write a book, keep the questions coming! I am here to help… Trust me, this is a learn-as-you-go process, and I will offer any suggestions I can to help you! Here’s my first suggestion: Go write the book! You can do it!

Preorder your copy of Star Fishing today! 

http://mcpstore.biz/picture-books/27-star-fishing/
xoxo,

Amy 

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day Weekend! I hope you take time to spend this weekend enjoying your family and relaxing:) 

I’m looking forward to having some of our  family over tonight to enjoy food, swimming (for the crazy kids who don’t mind a cold pool), and a bonfire! 

What will you be doing to celebrate Labor Day weekend? 

xoxo

The Process Continues…

Just to catch you up, last week I started a weekly blog series called “The Process”. The most asked question I get as an author is “How do I become an author?” Usually followed by, “I’ve always wanted to write a children’s book, what’s the Process?” I decided I’d blog about the process since so many have asked, and I’m currently right in the middle of everything! 

In less than one week my December calendar for author visits is BOOKED!!!! 

The Process continues…

Booked! AND January is filling up too… Here’s how I’m booking up so quickly:

First, I made a list of schools, pre-schools, and boutiques I wanted to visit. Second, I called them… Afraid of rejection? Me too! But guess what? Out of about 20 of the phone calls I made I only had ONE person say “no”- there ya go! I totally DEBUNKED your fear… and mine!  Next, I followed up each phone call with an email introducing myself, Star Fishing, and what my author visit will look like. Guess what? This process IS WORKING!!! Yay! I think I’ll keep it up:) 


I am so excited about all of the school visits I will be doing:) Dream. Come. True. I’m so happy that I will be sharing Star Fishing with thousands (literally… maybe millions-who knows?!?!) of imaginative little minds from all over! My hope for each author visit is that with each turn-of-the-page the Star Fishing adventure with Billy will spark, captivate, and resonate with each child and bring Star Fishing to life! 

I’ve read Star Fishing probably 2,000,000,000 times (or more) and I’m STILL not sick of it… Heck, I wrote it, and it’s STILL fun to read:) I absolutely, positively, CANNOT wait for you to all read it! I want to share Star Fishing with the whole WORLD! How do I humbly say my book is BRILLIANT?!?! Lol! But seriously? 😳

So what’s Star Fishing about you ask?!?! 

Star Fishing is about a little boy named Billy (Billy was my dads name!) who sets off to capture a star of his own. While Billy and mommy are sitting on a blanket under the stars they see a shooting star and together imagine ALL of the exciting places the star might land! 

Y’all, the shooting stars travel to places like: A kangaroo’s pouch, Mount Everest, and even the moon! So. Much. Fun! 

So…

What are you waiting for? Zoom! On over to: http://bit.ly/2vhY0a6 and preorder your copies too! 

Let’s go Star Fishing together! Can’t wait to “Catch” you up next week on what I’m up to in this adventurous process! Stay tuned ⭐️ 

Dyslexic Font Cover 

My publisher ROCKS! Like- she literally is so incredibly AWESOME!!! Check out this cover for the “Dyslexic Font” option for Star Fishing! I am so excited, I can’t contain it anymore!!! So sorry for all of the exclamations, but this makes me so happy 🙂

My heart is literally smiling over this cover! Having a daughter who has dyslexia makes this so special to my heart… It reaches me on a deep level and I’m so proud to work with a publisher like MacLaren Cochrane Publishing! 

When I signed with MCL I had no idea my daughter was dyslexic-  Looking back over the last two years (trying my darnest to get these books published) and through this journey in the publication process… all I can do is smile at God! Wow! I’m in total and complete amazement of it all:) 

Man- I LOVE this cover! How about you? 

The Process…

The process…
Write a book.

Edit the book.

Edit the book.

Edit the book.

Edit the book.

Find an agent. 
Sounds easy right?!?! Guess what… It’s NOT! Landing an agent is as easy as putting a cruise ship 🚢 in your pocket. It’s almost impossible! You have a better chance of winning the Power Ball- BUT when you DO finally land an agent you feel like you have won the Power Ball until the agent then has to get to work. And then…
Edit the book.

Edit the book.

Edit the book.

Edit the book.
Once the agent that you FINALLY landed gets the edits done and you feel like you’re going to become a rock star author, the agent sends out the first net to publishers. Then you wait a VERY long time for a lot of rejection letters… My personal favorite form rejection letter goes something like this: “Amy is an excellent writer. I loved the characters, but the story just doesn’t fit my list” 
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?! Worst. Rejection. Ever! They liked the story… surely they can find room for it! They said they “loved” it, but it doesn’t fit their list. Ahhhh! Then you breathe and continue on.
Fast forward:
Hopefully, by reading my success story you will find encouragement through what seems to be a very hard road when trying to get any book published by a traditional publisher…
😊After all of this process- all of the rejections, waiting, and numerous edits, I can honestly say that I made it through the grueling process and it wasn’t so bad after all. IT’s NEVER IMPOSSIBLE! Even when it feels it may be… keep trekking. You can do it! 
Two years later: 
My first children’s book Star Fishing is coming out November 7, 2017!!! I Love Outside will follow (2018). 
I’ve been a busy bee 🐝 
In the past two weeks, I’ve collaborated with my illustrator and publisher on finalizing the book. I hired a Marketing Manager, sweet Brittany, to maximize my social media accounts, as well as an Atlanta based Book Publicist! It’s going to be great:) I have an awesome team in place and can’t wait to catch you up next week on the process! 

Picture 📸 by creds to my daughter Madelynn! 

Bookshelf cred to The Story Shop!