At this point in the journey, the children’s story is written, beta readers have helped critique it, it’s been professionally edited, and sent off into the world just waiting for someone to tell me something. As I mentioned last week, the waiting game is a true test of patience. I consider myself a pretty patient person, especially with kids because often times they don’t know better and need reminders. Adults on the other hand…you all should know better and I have much less patience for you. I digress…
Knowing your work is out in the world and that at any moment someone could be reading it and loving it, or hating it, is very stressful. Dr. Seuss’s first book was rejected 27 times before someone took a chance on him. In my head I thought, “Yeah…I can totally be rejected 27 times, if Seuss did it, so can I.” Folks…I’m not that strong of a person and I commend Dr. Seuss for his perseverance. You can get a boat load of rejections, but it only takes one yes.
I had spent a few months opening my email throughout the day looking for an email from a publisher. On a Monday morning in March, I opened my email to read, “I absolutely love the idea behind your book and would love to work with you.” I stared at the screen and then just started crying. All I wanted was one person in the publishing world to tell me it was an idea that they would support because they believed in it.
I am thrilled to be working with Alexa Bigwarfe and her incredible team. “The Kindness Machine” will be published through her children’s book imprint Purple Butterfly Press. I am so proud to stand along side the other authors she has published and encourage you to check out their books:
“Hi, It’s Me and I Have ADHD” – Katelyn Mabry (understanding and normalizing ADHD)
“Rupert’s Snowman” – Phillipa Warden (family Christmas story and problem solving)
“Padapillo” – Valerie James Abbott (understanding hearing loss and diagnosis procedure)
“Princess Monroe & Her Happily Ever After” – Jody Vallee Smith (independence and a spin on a princess)
“Happy Tears & Rainbow Babies” – Natasha Carlow (hope and faith after a miscarriage)
“You Can Call Me Katelyn” – Keri T. Collins (age doesn’t matter but choices do, nothing is impossible)
“Books in the Park” – Elle Montemayor (finding a love of reading and books)
“Behind The Secret Garden Door” – Sandie Leigh (imagination and working together)
Now the real adventure begins. I look forward in sharing how the book will come together so that one day, in the near future, I will be holding a copy of my book and have the opportunity to share it with you all. “The Kindness Machine” is a small and simple way to help spread kindness into our world.
Thanks for reading and being on this adventure with me. Have a great day and be kind!