I’m so excited. The Reluctant Owlet is finally here!
I’ve been working on this book for over a year. The story started to come to me in the summer of 2017, inspired by the owl family I was observing.
Little did I know, that was the easy part.
The artwork took me months to complete. I remember the endless hours I spent working on that, night after night. More yellow. More green. Does that look right?
After finishing all of that, I made a mock book to help me decide where the page breaks should go. I cut the manuscript into pieces, paragraph by paragraph. I cut up the artwork, next. Then I pasted each section of text onto an index card with the appropriate artwork. This process actually took quite a long time, as I debated over which pictures to use for each page.
And if that wasn’t hard enough…next came the formatting. The first stab I took at it went fairly well. But it ended up costing a lot of money and was ultimately useless for the distribution I had chosen.
So…I had to do it all over again. It took me back to October 2013 when I had to reformat Soulful Skincare over and over and over again, trying to get it right.
But finally, it worked! And even though my proof copy arrived on a day that was very emotionally difficult for me, holding that book in my hands was quite a moment for me. It made me so proud.
It still hasn’t been all smooth sailing. Indie publishing never is…and I’d venture that traditional publishing isn’t, either! But I did it. Like Vesper in the story, I faced the unknown and took a leap.
I hope you love this book and I hope it inspires your children to be brave and face their fears. I also hope it instills in them a love of nature, at least for this sweet owl family featured in the book.
What’s next? Stay tuned. I’m working on a few more videos about owls and literacy practices for children. And best of all, some author events here in Oregon!