Since I’ve had my little twin boys, I’ve fallen in love (again) with children’s books….especially picture books…board picture books. 😉 Eric Carle is probably one of my all time favorites, and I’ve been collecting his books every time I get the chance. Whenever my husband and I go to Half Price Books, I head straight to the special shelf dedicated to Eric Carle to see if there are any I don’t have yet. I love his books. So much.
Anyway, so I decided I wanted to write (and illustrate) a children’s book, because I love reading them to my boys, and….I just really wanted to do it. I love the age group 0-2 ish, so I decided I wanted to write an alphabet book (yeah yeah, like the world doesn’t have enough of those….shut up.)…..of plants! I love nature (surprise!) and pictures, and books, so it just worked.
As of right now, I have the manuscript ready, I just need to get the pictures. Funny story: I was planning on drawing each plant, but after drawing after drawing, I decided that my skills are not good enough for what I wanted on the page. (I’m actually a decent artist….just not decent enough!) I though about IF my book were to be chosen by a publisher, what kind of illustrations would I get? Do I want do self-publish and hire an illustrator? No. I want this whole book to be MINE. [insert Gollum quote: “my precious”] Long story short, I decided to use photographs. I want to use mine, but no way on earth do I have the time or resources to go around photographing every plant (many of which don’t even grow where I live…) with twin baby boys. Then I thought, “Hmmmmm…..is it kosher to use stock photos in books?”. Screw it, yes it is. The only problem is finding high quality stock photos…which I like to think I’m pretty good at…..I may be mediocre at many, many things, but the Internet is not one of them! Just ask anyone close to me: I’m pretty much the Queen of Finding Things on the Internet. So I’ve found what I need, I just need to buy the licenses. $$$….well, not actually that expensive, but one thing I’ve realized: after you have twins (or any kids, for that matter), you will never have money ever again. Tangent–let’s go through the list:
- Get AC repair guy to come inspect and fix AC unit
- Twins get hand foot and mouth (THE WORRRRRRRRRSST)
- Different AC unit breaks (two story house…in Texas…in July)
- Pay $$$ to fix old car so it can pass inspection enough to last another year (maybe)
- Buy a minivan (I literally couldn’t fit two of the next size car seats in my tiny little car)
- AC breaks again…different part replace
- Replaced leaking water heater
- Root canal for momma, because she put her face too close to Baby-With-A-Huge-Plastic-Cup
- AC breaks again….completely different part
- Need a new tire
You get the point. Now I sound super complainy, but that’s what’s happened. I’m waiting until we aren’t paying a bajillion dollars every month to spend a little money on some pictures. (which I’m super excited about!!! I found pretty much exactly what I had pictured–no pun intended)
After that, the plan is to set up a Kickstarter project so that I can publish the books myself. I looked into self-publishing with Amazon and others, but it just wasn’t what I wanted. I’m going to print the board books with Print Ninja, and hopefully sell lots of them on Amazon and whatever website I decide to set up. I really like the book, and I hope y’all do too! (But hey, if no one is interested in funding me, I’ll just make some for myself and my friends…..but I really want other people to be interested….because I’m normal. Ish.*)
*No. I am not normal. Not even “ish”.