I’ve been a bit quiet about my big publishing goal for 2019. Partially because I’m trying a different strategy with this book, and partially because I wasn’t sure it would actually happen on schedule, and partially because it’s a little “off brand” for me.
However, the time has now come to start announcing that… actually… I AM going to be releasing a new book this calendar year!!!
Two years ago, the worship director at our church asked me to write a poem for our Christmas service. She wanted something in the style of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, but felt like everything she’d been finding was either depressing or not the right cadence. So she asked if I might be interested in writing something original for her.
I was honored to do so and had a lot of fun with the project. The worship director found an artist in the church to create a couple of original paintings for what I’d written, put it together into a slide-show and also got it bound into book format. When I saw it in that form factor, the wheels started turning! I thought, “Wow… I think… I think I just wrote a children’s book!”
I then continued to work with the artist to get a few more paintings done, and then I’ve been working with a fantastic graphic artist to pull everything together and design the actual book.
I got the proof copy on Wednesday and it is SOOOO gorgeous! I can’t wait to share this little project with you!
(Of course, I immediately spotted a typo on the copyright page, and for some reason the proof copy had the story printed TWICE within the covers… no idea why that happened. So… we do need to do a bit of tweaking, still. But that’s why you don’t trust the e-proof and order a physical proof copy!)
So it’s about time to start putting together a cover reveal for this little story. This is where it gets tricky. Like I said, it’s a little off-brand for me. This is not an epic fantasy novel. It’s not even fantasy-themed. It’s a Christmas-themed children’s picture book. So I totally understand if members of my “tribe” don’t feel like they can participate. Keeping to a brand is important. I just can’t juggle… so I’m not going to create a pen-name for this story.
However, I have put together a sign-up form for anyone who feels they might be able to help out with a cover reveal or is interested in a digital advance reader copy for review. My plan is to release this book on October 1st – and the Silmaril Awards start September 2nd – so in order to avoid colliding with that and still be a bit in advance of the release date the cover reveal is going to be on August 21st.
Thank you in advance to anyone who is willing to help out!