The Process 

The Process:

Guess what’s in the mail?!?!
Yay! The proof copy! As soon as I get the tracking number from my publisher, I’m going to be glued to the computer tracking the shipment 📦 For real! No joke.
 I’m. So. Excited!
I seriously CAN’T wait to have Star Fishing in my hands and on your bookshelves!

This week has been mostly calm, well with the book process anyway… not so much my life!!! Haha! 
I’m still trying to maintain my nerves and excitement as this has definitely been a great week to catch my breath so to speak… I had a great call with a sweet children’s book author friend who assured me that it’s totally normal to be on the lookout for a gigantic rock to hide under at this point in my process (AKA reference last weeks post)! Whew! She made me feel so much better😉 
I pretty much have solidified my November, December, and January calendar for weekday school author visits, and my publicist is working on my weekend scheduling with bookstores! 😊 Super exciting! It’s super cool that I have so many bookstores/schools who want ME! I must admit that makes me feel pretty special… which helps my anxiousness! 
It makes me so excited to think about all of the people I’ll meet and share my book with:) I can’t wait!!! 
Publication day: November 7th people! It’s right around the corner! 
ZOOM! On over and get your copy of Star Fishing today! ⭐️


The Process and a confession!

The Process 

This week I completed the last digital proof and I am waiting for my very first physical copy!!!! Super exciting! Right?!?! I am checking the mail DAILY! I’m very blessed to have a publisher who has made this process so enjoyable and fun. Thank you Tannya! 
Brittany (Marketing Manager) and I collaborated on future content for my social media pages… She pretty much ROCKS! She always has great ideas 💡 and I love seeing what she comes up with!
Ok. Can I be real with you for a minute?!?! GOOD! Thank you!
Let’s channel into my emotions this week:
Basically I want to hide under a rock. There… I said it, and I already feel better! I almost couldn’t write this blog this week because I didn’t want to be discouraging as I feel so strongly about hiding under a rock… I told my hubby I didn’t know what to write about because truly I just want to hide under a rock. He said “Perfect! Write about that!” So here we go…
I have butterflies and a nervous stomach daily. When I think about my book and this process, I get super excited and at times ridiculously nervous. Sometimes I can’t tell the difference between my nervous and excited self! I definitely think it’s fair to tell you, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns. I’m assuming my emotions are probably normal… 🤷🏼‍♀️ With so much on the the line and getting closer to time for my books publication date, I have major fears! Major. I’m so scared that everything will fall apart… 


When I step back and give myself a quick pep talk, I know that no matter what it will all come together- but man! These human emotions are NO JOKE! They have set in like a vengeance and I’m sort of freaking out! Okay- I’m a lot freaking out!
On top of hoping to find a large rock to hide behind, I have this sudden fear of tiny little people (known as children- AKA my target audience) staring at me while I read them my story! What if they hate it, or hate me… What if they “Boo” me?!?! I CAN’T be “booed” This is a lot to digest… It may sound silly, but these thoughts have crossed my mind. Don’t you just hate negative thoughts surrounding such positive things?!
On a serious much calmer note, I think I’m okay:
Seriously though, when I step back I know that those things most likely won’t happen- I mean teachers/parents won’t let their kids “boo” me right?!?! (hopefully) And anyways, Star Fishing is a DARN good book and kids will love it, and they’ll probably love me too! 😂 I mean I am pretty nice, and gosh darn it people like me!
So there’s that! My confession for the day/week/month/year. I’m nervous, excited, overwhelmed, and super joyful for this opportunity:) I know it will all be great! Right?
ZOOM! On over and preorder Star Fishing today!


Looking so official ♥️

The Process

The Process 
I know I’ve written at least 3-5 blogs about my struggle with patience, so I’ll try and keep this one really short and sweet! 
Recently out of curiosity, I checked dates on my initial submissions to my lit. agent for Star Fishing and I Love Outside. 
Here’s what I found:
Star Fishing was first submitted to her  8/7/2016 and I Love Outside was first submitted to her 6/11/2015! 
So- for simple math, the publishing process can, and DOES take a really long time! I know I’ve said Publishing takes a really long time before, and I probably sound like a broken record… so, I’m really sorry 😬.  Please, please don’t let that discourage you!!! 
With that being said, please know one definitely will learn patience in this industry. Kicking and screaming all the way!!! One must be patient…
I really struggle with patience! How ironic.
I Love Outside from first submission to print will be a 2 and 3/4 years process!!! (My niece, Alice, who I wrote the book about will be driving by the time it’s done- I feel like that’s a true statement, but not really! She’s only 5!!!) 😂
Somehow Star Fishing, which only took a little over a year from submission to publication, is an extremely RARE case!!! Like really rare! But still!!!! Waits like that are super hard… Even a year! Especially with a non-patient person like me! 

I find it so ironic God has me in a career where my biggest struggle “patience” is used the most! Isn’t that awesome?!?! He will teach me patience one way or another! AND I’m here to tell you Publishing was a great choice for Him to choose to teach me patience (As if God needs my approval on His path to teach me)!!! 

I’ve spent four years working towards a traditional publisher and alas it’s all coming together. ♥️ The Process.
Sometimes I wish I could look back and say I was patient and easy going the whole way, but obviously I certainly cannot! My agent AND publisher can both attest to that… 
BUT what I can say is that no matter how impatient I was through this process, I think I actually learned something very beneficial- here it is: No matter what your patience level is, whether you have patience or none at all like me… In the end the outcome will be the same! Not having patience doesn’t speed or slow the process.
So… practicing patience is definitely worth it in the long run- less worry and more trust in God! He’s got it all under control! ♥️
This week:
This week, I have been collaborating on an exciting advertising piece!!! COMING SOON:) Spending time content planning with Sweet Brittany (marketing manager) and a lot of proofing and finalization parts with my publisher! With every passing week I become even more anxious and excited to get this book out there! Also, soon I’ll have a printed proof!!! How exciting is that?!?! 
So basically, my process this week is dream living! I’m definitely living the dream! ⭐️
Preorder your copy of Star Fishing today!


The Process 

The Process:
The last few weeks I’ve talked about the process of having a book published! Feel free to go back and catch up on the previous posts if you’ve missed them… My hope is that I’m offering a million-gazillion people helpful insight (or at least a couple people)! I get emails and messages quite often from readers, friends, and various people with questions regarding the writing process- which brought me to do this weekly series of blog posts leading up to my publishing date for Star Fishing of November 7th!  In addition to the publishing process blogs, once the books are out, I plan to do follow up blogs along the way, including the being published Process!
Basically, here’s what I’m learning: there are a lot of moving parts to the publishing process and I believe even more moving parts with the books-to-shelf, books-in-hands, buy-my-books, book events and other sales related parts. Does this process ever end?!?! Hopefully NOT! If it did, what would I be doing! So I don’t focus on the ending, I focus on the goal. My goal is to inspire young readers to enjoy reading and exercise their imaginations! My goal is to produce a lot of books/content and insight in the picture book arena. My goal is to be a children’s book author household name! I believe this can happen… it’s all a process, but it can happen! 
I’m finding that it doesn’t matter what part of the process I’ve been through so far… It’s all fun, interesting, and exactly where I want to be! I love it!
Especially this week!
I don’t exactly know why, but the email I had in my inbox this week from my publisher seemed so official… so surreal… so unbelievable- like someone pinch me- I definitely had an “is this really happening?” Moment! “Go to print” eeek!!! See the email below:

What did I do this week:

This week, I completed the “Proof 2” for Star Fishing!!! Next, I will receive a PHYSICAL COPY OF MY BOOK!!!! PHYSICAL COPY people!!!!
In addition to perfecting the book, I had a weekly overview/update with my Marketing manager and Publicist (staring in October I will have a “standing call” with my publicist weekly… seriously does that not sound super official and important?!?! I think so! Who said I’m not important?!?!) 😜
Although my school visit calendar is crammed full, I’m still receiving phone calls/emails and requests for author visits (I literally cannot add another event in December- which is FANTASTIC!).  I’m loving it! 
So far this process at times has kicked my butt, made me the happiest person in the world, scared me, drained me, filled me up, and taught me more patience/perseverance than anything I’ve ever experienced! It has all been worth the mixture of emotions, and I wouldn’t trade this process for anything! I’m so grateful♥️

Zoom! on over and preorder Star Fishing today!


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!

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!


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?