As you can tell by the title of this post, I have had a little secret for the past several months!
NOOO.... I am not pregnant :)
I have been fast at work writing a sweet little children's book! It officially went on sale this past week! Sadly, I haven't gotten a copy in the mail yet (my publisher is slower than Amazon and Barnes & Noble!) I should have just ordered a copy off there! Anyway :)
Here's a sneak peek at the front cover.... be warned... it's P.R.E.C.I.O.U.S!
I know. I know. Some of you are probably thinking or responding like friends and family did!
"Abby, what in the world?!?!"
"where did this even begin!"
So here's the story behind this little book!
In September, as we neared the end of Miller's journey in the helmet, Lee and I began having short conversations that went something like this:
"How are we going to tell Miller about his helmet when he gets older?"
"Maybe a photo album?"
Randomly one day I thought, "surely someone has written a children's book about plagiocephaly! There are children's books about everything!"
So I began to search. And search. And search.
The ONLY book I could find was written several years ago by a mother, but her book was only available as an e-book now. I needed a tangible book!
So I gave up.
But my mind didn't stop churning!
Before I knew it, I had developed a manuscript in my head. (insert feeling insane at this point).
Insanity drove me to action, so I went to the only place I knew to go: GOOGLE
I think I typed the words "how to write a children's book" :)))
Research. Prayer. Research. Prayer.
Talking to Self-Publishering companies via email and phone.
No one in the world knew about my crazy wanna write a children's book thoughts (except God).
Then one day... as Lee and I were painting... I popped the question!
"Lee, I think I want to write a children's book."
Lee smiled. "okay. About what?"
I seriously have an amazing, supportive husband! He never thinks I am "too" crazy.
I did not write this book to "make money" (that actually makes me laugh because the percentage we receive off of each sale if very, very small!) We put more money into this book than I forsee us ever making!
I DID write this book to encourage other families who have children with plagiocephaly. I also wrote it to educate people about plagiocephaly. I so longed for some encouragement when Miller had his helmet. I would have loved and cherished a sweet children's book. I wrote this book to bless other moms! Over the past few months I have ran into moms in public with little boys in little blue helmets. It has been an honor for me to look those mamas in the eyes and say "what's your address... I am going to send you a book in the mail!"
Lee and I are excited about this book. We are excited about the education and blessing it will be to other families. I cannot wait to deliver copies to Miller's doctors and orthotists!
I will insert here that this was a SELF-PUBLISHED book... meaning, I called a company and asked them to publish it. Self-publishing companies will take anyone, as long as you pay :)
So do not think that I presented this to some Traditional company and they thought it was so good that they published it... hahaha!! Not at all how it went :)
My publisher is Trafford Publishing Company. They have many third party re-sellers who have my book for sale as well. I HONESTLY do not know what all companies or book stores have it for sale. I DO know of the below 4 places. You can click the links to see the book.
I did not name the retail price. My publishing company had complete control over that. I would have sold them for 5 dollars! :)
I "think" Barnes and Noble has the least expensive I have seen (other than the e-book).
I am suppose to have a website and facebook page up and running soon. I will let you know when they get that completed.
Also, all of the books online are paperback books. I BEGGED for hardback, but that wasn't an option at the time. HOWEVER, once I see the book in print and approve, I will be able to order hardbacks and sell them myself. I plan to order a bulk of them and sell for lowest price I can. Let me know if you would be interested in one of these!
Tell whoever you want to about the book! Please, please tell your sweet friends who have babies wearing helmets!!
Below are the links where book is for sale!
BARNES & NOBLE
TRAFFORD (my publisher)
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