Saturday, June 16, 2012

It Took a Village: Thank you!


My journey to publishing my children’s picture book just came to fruition, as I opened one of the many boxes that were shipped by air, (the rest by boat). A natural feeling of fear overcame me, as my family and I hoped to get a first glance of the book. We were very nervous, especially my son Ralston, who was my main reviewer, critic, and idea generator through this entire process. Although the book was inspired by my daughter, my son had a lot to do with the content, illustration selection, and design. He is now 7 and an avid reader, so armed with his many years of experience with children’s picture books, I had a much unbiased critic at my disposal. Reagan was at school, and our anticipation overcame us, so we just had to see the book even without her being present.

When Stew, my husband of almost 12 years opened the top box and pulled out a copy, there was a level of relief on his face, and so I echoed his sentiments, and we all rushed to him to see the final product. What a joy!!! This is the most incredible experience one can be afforded: I was overcome by joy, relief, pride, excitement, contentment, all at the same time. I did not know what to expect as I opted not to get advance copies or F&Gs which are industry standards, as the production was delayed by an entire month as I explained in one of my previous posts.

We took I Love the Skin I'm In to Reagan at school, who was so happy to see the book she had inspired, and joyfully shared it with her teachers and friends.  She continued to hold onto the book on the ride home as if it was the only copy and someone would take it away from her. Her reaction reminded us all how far we have come and how these months just flew by.

So now is a time to celebrate and to share with all, the book that we all have been waiting for.  I am not being biased, when I say that this is one of the most beautiful books I have seen.  The quality is substantial and the feel and look is comparable to the quality. I do hope that it will be well received by the community at large. It is a book that comes from a place of love and endearment.

When we are faced with challenges, it is very easy to take the effortless route.  My path led me to many new discoveries, and I learned a lot along the way.  I am very grateful to all those who came along with me for the ride and supported me through this journey. Your support has been amazing. Thanks for emailing me, calling, contacting through my websites, posting on my personal Facebook page or on I Love the Skin I’m In’s Facebook page, calling, telling me in person, any way that you have supported me to help keep me going, I am grateful. I have been blessed with a very supportive network, and I thank you.
I Love the Skin I’m In will be available for purchase on the official publication date of June 20th, from Amazon.com and Barnesandnobles.com.  So don’t forget to get your copy. I will be signing copies at the launch today, Saturday, so those of you who will be attending will get a first peek at the book.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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