Like Blanche Dubois she relied on the kindness of strangers as well as wonderful friends who loved her, eccentricities and all. They helped her meet her Kickstarter goal with hours to spare. Her night sweats, strange rash and shortage of breath dissipated as another step towards the goal was realized.
Those closest offered soothing words and mint tea when she worked herself into a dither about one of the myriad tiny details that indie authors face…..”why are the cars on the wrong side of the street?…..do we need another goat?……. what font looks friendly?……are there too many commas? ….” Some of these challenges were easier to remedy than others.
At last the illustrations were complete and sent off for layout. All seemed well and then she was asked about the ISBN or International Standard Book Number – 13 digits that must grace publications. Alas one detail that she had overlooked. Trying to remedy the situation she quickly went on line to request the necessary IBSN for free from Library and Archives Canada. The paperwork was completed and she pressed submit. A message in very small print advised that it could take up to 10 days to process the request. And so she waits as this is not within her control and no amount of teeth gnashing or frustrated mutterings will change anything. Let us hope there is a short lineup at the IBSN counter.
Books have been promised for a pre-Christmas delivery. Hopefully the delay will be short lived and your copy of The Remembering Wall will arrive well ahead of Santa.
Hiccups are part of life……they can come on suddenly……they can be loud and distracting…….everyone has a remedy…….and sometimes you just have to know that this too shall pass. “The Remembering Wall” has tested its author at every step. And yet she would not give up even one hiccup.
Fingers crossed apple sauce……..will keep you posted.
Peace & Happiness
Those of you who know me well know that I like to color outside the lines. Rules are meant to be adapted and a no can surely turn into a maybe.
These are important lessons for an indie author. You need to convince others that another one of your harebrained schemes has potential and it is worth supporting. So dearest friends, fans and followers I ask you to support this project any way you can. Cash is nice, but I am happy if you simply spread the word. Tell a teacher, a librarian, a bookstore owner or your book club friends. Help turn The Remembering Wall into a real book. ….how do you think Pinocchio became a real boy ….. Someone believed in him and helped him become so much more.
All we need to do is have 168 people purchase 1 book each to realize our goal. There is a line in The Remembering Wall that says, “Let’s see what we can do.”
Here is the Kickstarter link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/42771006/the-remembering-wall/posts/1708623
19 days and counting….fingers crossed applesauce.
PS: Thx to my wonderful illustrator Kia Valdez Bettcher
Last September we were in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign and doing pre-sales for ‘Under My Bed’. It has been a busy year and I have loved sharing the book with kids of all ages. Thank you to the many schools, students and teachers who have welcomed me and promote and love reading
Work has been underway on the next book project and we expect to have The Remembering Wall available in early December. Get yourselves over to Kickstarter to get your copy or copies before the holidays. Deadline for pre-orders is November 2/16. Your support helps cover the costs associated with the book business including layout, printing, shipping and a whole lot of other stuff that I forget to include on the budget.
After a lengthy search I connected with Kia Valdez Bettcher, my wonderful illustrator. We are in the midst of finalizing some of the sketches.I knew she was the right person for the job when she sent me this sample. She is being very patient as we go through this process and has the ability to transform my words and feelings into something extraordinary.
The journey continues. I look forward to sharing The Remembering Wall with everyone.
Peace & Happiness
As 2015 draws to a close I am sitting in front of the fire, sipping tea and reflecting on the journey thus far. It has been quite the year and I am grateful for opportunities, learning, stumbles, struggles and small successes. I appreciate my circle of friends and their love and support. I appreciate the road traveled less and my penchant for marching to the beat of my own drum.
As I turn the page to 2016 I look forward to chasing waves, laughing with friends, worrying less, writing more and releasing another book.
Look under you bed, in the back of your closet, up in the attic or in the corner of your heart for a put away dream and make it come true.
Peace and happiness.
Sandra & I spent much of Sunday unpacking boxes of books, signing them and sorting out pick ups, deliveries and shipping. My car is still filled with books, but they will make their way to you soon. Enjoy!
Over the past few weeks I have had the pleasure of reading “Under My Bed” to several groups of students. They’ve given the story a thumbs up and that brings me great joy and satisfaction. Sandra & I will be visiting other schools over the next few months and look forward to answering questions and finding out what’s under other people’s beds.
There will be some promotions and giveaways on the Facebook Author Page as well as on Goodreads. Stop by and give me a like, ask a question or share your review of the book.
Thank you for being part of this once upon a time and here’s to many more telling of tales.
It has been quite the week. The author proofs for the book arrived. I found myself filled with a mix of excitement, trepidation, panic, and a gamut of other emotions as I held the unopened package. Carefully I cut through the copious amounts of tape and reached inside the envelope. My hands trembled a bit as I slid out the 1st hardcover and soft cover copies of “Under My Bed”. As I slowly turned each page i realized that all of the pieces had come together to create something real. And I took a moment to say thank you to everyone who has shared in and supported this adventure and wipe away a happy tear or two. There were some whoops of joy and a happy dance thrown in for good measure too.
The books are being printed and we are starting to schedule school readings and I am excited to have my little dream become “Under My Bed”, a read together story that I hope brings a few smiles and a giggle or two to readers of all ages.
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The Thanksgiving weekend was spent looking at the galleys for “Under My Bed”. I was looking for typos, looking at the layout, looking at the design, and looking at all the bits and pieces that make up a book for hours on end. I discovered that I can be quite finicky. And argumentative when I feel strongly about how something should look. Do you know that there is a rule in the book industry that page 1 shall always be on the right. I confess I think rules are often meant to be modified so Author House and I agreed that page 1 of “Under My Bed” is on the left. In order to prevent the overseers of page numbering from finding out we opted to not put page numbers so they don’t need to know we broke the rules. And finally last night I knew I could do no more except to say, “It’s done or as done as I can make it”. And with a click of a button this story I’ve loved is now making its way to the printers where they will put all the pieces together. And I won’t quite believe this is real until I am holding an actual copy of the book in my hands and turning the pages and rediscovering what’s “Under My Bed”.
Tonight I am grateful for this journey, for your support, for Dr Seuss & Uncle Llew, and for maintaining my childish wonder in a cynical world despite the odds.