Remember the story, The Boy Who Cried Wolf? Well, my book’s release date has been pushed back so many times that I am beginning to feel like “The Girl Who Cried Book”. Self-publishing for the first time has been an awesome and exhausting experience. Initially, I had hoped my children’s picture book would be launched around Easter. Unfortunately, I told people. Spring leaked into summer, and still no book. While I diligently posted book updates to friends and family, summer slipped into fall. Nope, no book yet. Oh, I’ve had 3 rounds of proofs, but no “real” book. Today, I’ll order what I hope and pray is the final, final proof copy. I’m so looking forward to trading my “Girl Who Cried Book” status for “The Lady Who Worked Her #@* off and Created this Awesome Kid’s Book” moniker.
It took much longer than anticipated, but my very first book is finally published. Self-publishing has been quite a balancing act. As a first-time author, I had to teach myself each aspect of the process, then I had to go back and complete each step. All the while, countless stumbling blocks cluttered my path. Exhausted, but undaunted, I forged ahead.
It turns out that writing and building the book is just the beginning of this crazy journey. Book promotion and the business side of things is a whole other marathon. Most days I feel like I am climbing a waterfall, but once in a while, I find the perfect rock. I regain my footing, take a breath, and press on.
I was looking forward to trading my “Girl Who Cried Book” status for “The Lady Who Worked Her #@* off and Created this Awesome Kid’s Book” moniker. But, since I am gearing up for my next publication, I’ll have to stick with crying book!