Coming Soon! The Lucky Beads!

cover draft - the lucky beads

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My Second Book is Coming Soon!

My second book is close to completion!  The Lucky Beads is the second book in the series One Kindness at a Time.  In the first book, The Blue Pencil, a little boy named Johnny sent a little girl named Zoya a box full of school supplies that she desperately needed.  In The Lucky Beads, Zoya sees a little girl, Meiying, in need of friendship, remembers how she was blessed and finds something to give her to make her feel loved.  The act of kindness is being sent forward and traveling through our big world.

The book is now with PenIt! Publications and the illustrator is working on the beautiful sketches for the book.  I am expecting it to be out in the spring.

Thank you to all who have supported me on this crazy journey!

lucky beads

My First Official Book Review

I submitted my book to Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews and waited for their feedback.  I am always a little nervous to hear what others have to say about my work.  I was very excited to learn that they gave The Blue Pencil 5 Stars and a positive review.  If you have not read it yet I hope that you do.  If you already have your copy, thank you for your support and keep a look out for the second book, The Lucky Beads, coming out in the spring.

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https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-blue-pencil

 

 

 

Getting ready for the Ride and Read!

Saturday September 16th from 10 am to noon grab your bike, put on your roller blades or start walking down the bike path in Highland for some fun.  There will be poetry and activities all along the path.  Meet some local writers, hear some original poetry and enjoy the weather.

 

My Book is Finally Ready!

My book is complete!  I am very thankful for all the support I received throughout this process.  I am excited for everybody to see the finished product.  I started with an idea for a story and with the help of the members of my writing groups, Write-On Hoosier and Magic Hour Writers, the publisher, Pen It! Publications and the illustrator, I ended with a book that I am very proud of.

The Blue Pencil Cover ONLY

Book Store:  The Blue Pencil

Still Waiting

The publisher just informed me that the illustrator is in the process of coloring the pictures for The Blue Pencil and is 75% complete.  I am excited, nervous and curious about the end product.  Stay tuned…

blue pencil picture

The Waiting Process

The words that I have written down to create the story of the Blue Pencil are in the hands of the illustrator.  It is an exciting thing to see your work move on to the next step but it also requires trust and patience.  The illustrator is taking my words and trying to create images that will help the reader embrace and understand the full story.  I have ideas and the illustrator has ideas.  Sometimes they are aligned and sometimes they are not.  I feel that I am very lucky that the illustrator I am working with at Pen-It publications is open to my ideas, changes and suggestions.  We are very close to completing the combination of illustrations and words which will lead to the completion of the book, The Blue Pencil, and then I will be able to share it with all of you.

This New Venture

I decided to share my new venture of being an author with all my friends and family.  My main method of sharing this news was through the creation of a facebook page.  I was trying to choose the best wording for the post to introduce the new page.  I chose the word venture in my post.  The dictionary.com definition of venture is an undertaking involving uncertainty as to the outcome, especially a risky or dangerous one, or a business enterprise or speculation in which something is risked in the hope of profit.  I thought this was the perfect word to use because pouring your heart and thoughts into written word is an exciting and rewarding experience but then to put it out there for others to critique  is another story.  The undertaking being the writing of the book, the outcome would be whether or not the book is received with positive reviews and that is uncertain.  I have definitely begun a new venture.

Self-publishing update:

I am extremely excited about the process of self-publishing.  My manuscript is with the editors and the illustrator has started working on the images.  I was given a copy of the first images that were produced.  I am very excited.  I was able to make a couple subtle suggestions for changes to get the characters to look more like what I image them to look like.  I can not wait to see the next drawings and for you to get to experience the finished product.

Deciding to Self Publish

I had this idea for a children’s picture book that would teach children how giving to others in need, even giving something as small as a pencil, can bless the recipient greatly.  That idea turned into The Blue Pencil.  Since this was my first attempt at writing a book, I joined local writing groups to help me determine what to do with the manuscript.  With many ideas, suggestion and personal experiences shared, I began my attempt at getting my story published.  I spent time in book stores and the library reading children’s books to see which publishers published books similar to mine.  I began sending it out to different publishers who informed me that they would not respond for 6 months and that they will only respond if they were interested in the book for their company.  That is hard to swallow when you pour your heart into a story and can not wait to share it with others.  With 20 query letters out there, I decided I would wait 3 months and then publish it on my own.  So that is where I find myself today.  I am going to self publish.  I am extremely excited.  I developed a website to get the information about my book out to the public;  http://rachaelathomas.weebly.com  I can not wait for you to get to read my book and to officially become an published author.  I chose Pen It! Publications to publish my book.

Here we go!  Follow me on my journey to publishing my book The Blue Pencil.