A "Crafty" Book about Autumn
by Marty Layne
(Victoria, BC, Canada)
Felted pumpkin and friend
Hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry.
We must all get fat and furry.
I was taking photographs of my needle felted little fuzzies when I realized that I had a story to tell about a needle felted pumpkin, squirrel, dog and Little Blue Feather, a doll I'd made out of pipe cleaners, felt, and wooden beads.
Later that same day, as the sun was shining on a crisp, clear late September day, I took photos outside to illustrate another story about the coming of winter.
Three little needle felted bunnies and Little Blue Feather did a great job posing, and before you know it, the story wrote itself, loosely based on a song I've been singing for the last 26 years.
I recently read it to 6 classes of children K-3. They were absolutely engrossed and delighted. "Will you write more stories?" asked one little boy.
"Absolutely," I answered.
It's a small book - a little smaller in size than the original Beatrix Potter books - lovely for little hands to hold. The illustrations capture the comforting flavor of the story and add a sense of magic.
Printing by Island Blue Print.
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Going Through the Publishing Process Myself
by J.G. Rives
Where Are My Christmas Presents?
Yes, you are right. MOST self-published books - especially children's books - are blindly refused and unaccepted. In fact nowadays - if you are not a recognized author - it's hard to get in the door...period. That being said, a very good book cannot be completely overlooked forever.
I never tried to get my book published by anyone else because I believed in my story and wanted to go through the publishing process myself.
Furthermore, I didn't want complete strangers taking most of the money just for publishing rights. (Okay, I admit I had very little choice on the retail side :P).
It took three years of hard work and a good book, but I have now sold over 1,000 copies of Where Are My Christmas Presents?, with no advertising other than awards, reviews, and word-of-mouth.
Unfortunately, it takes a lot of grit and determination to peddle a self-published book, but I'm here to tell you that there are a few that are worth the effort. Don't give up the dream!
Printing by Asian Pacific Offset.
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