Your World to Experience!

You have to take chances! 🐾❤️

It has been a little over 3 months now since my book release, and it was a whirlwind of excitement the first month! People are stoked to buy the book, you are glad that there are those who are excited along with you and anxious to see your creation!

Now the real work begins! Marketing and booking events on my own has been a fun challenge but still a challenge indeed. There are days that are super quiet and nothing is going on, and you feel like you have to be doing something or that maybe you are not doing something right.

Unless you are an author that strikes it big on your book instantly, which most authors dream about, a fair amount of talented writers do no have that happen! All new authors have started out in the same position as the extremely successful ones have. We have all gone through the thought process, the idea from mind to page, the nervousness of finding a publisher who wants to publish your masterpiece, the editing, the proofing, the final draft and finally the release date!

It is kind of cool to feel the same feelings as those writers like, JK Rowling, Robert Munsch, Dan Brown, Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, etc. had when they released their very first book! We all stood at the same place as they did, and we all hope to be as successful! Like everything else in life some people get their big break and their art form takes off!

I have experienced through the writing community on Twitter, how many truly talented and courageous people are out there putting their own hearts and labours of love out for the world to see! Along side so many terrific authors, I myself have had all these exhilarating and nervous feelings!

Now things have slowed down, and I have seen over 100 of my books sold, and I am truly grateful that 100+ people wanted to share in this ambition and story I created!

It may not be millions of copies but in reality it feels that way! When I first sent my idea off to the publisher, I was afraid that no one would want to read it let alone buy it, pay for my work or be remotely interested! I was elated to see the sales start coming in, grateful for the small successes of the quaint book signings, the surreal feelings I had when I signed that first copy for someone! I thought to myself, “ this must be how JK Rowling must feel!”, and it was very mind blowing!

I am truly happy for taking the chance to put myself out there, to share my creation with others and I have been extremely lucky to have had it received so wonderfully by those who bought the book! I have been lucky to see first hand the reactions of the children who read the book and be delighted in it, I have been lucky to see a child hold it in their hands and read from it, explaining to me how much they loved the book and why! This is why I wrote it in the first place!

So, yes… here is to even the small successes, because no matter how big or small, it is still…A SUCCESS!!! I am proud to call myself a published author and proud to be part of a vast community of creators of stories!

A World of Thanks!

🐾 💕 Thankful for new friends! 🐾 💕

🍁 🍁 With a great Thanksgiving weekend all wrapped up, I am hoping everyone got to celebrate with friends and/or family! I am very thankful this year for my husband, my children, my grandchildren and my family & friends! I am also very thankful for the beginning of and hopefully successful continuation of “The World of Bugsy & Taz”, with the sales, the school readings, the book signings and meeting new friends while doing so! 🦃

In this world of ours, with all that has been going on, it’s good to stop and take a look with what we are grateful and thankful for, what we have in our lives, to cherish all the moments of here and now, and to be aware of other lives we touch, to ensure that our surroundings are positive ones! 💗

🐾 Let’s be thankful not just on Thanksgiving Day, but for all our days!!! 🐾

🐾 💕 I am thankful to these two amazing members of our family, who have enabled me to write my book! 🐾 💕

A World of cherished memories!

What an absolutely remarkable and amazing day at Avalon Public School!!! 8 super amazing teachers and their classroom aides, & 8 Classes, over 100 awesome, inquisitive & intelligent students, 4 hours of readings, a billion questions lol, and one grateful, happy, super lucky author!!! This is one experience and memory I will cherish for the rest of my life!! Hearing yourself introduced with “ class we have a very special guest today, she is an author of a new book…” is something I never thought I would ever hear, was music to my ears! It made everything worthwhile seeing little faces so intent on listening to your story, having the grade 2-3 classes read along with me, loving the sounds of the awwwwwwwws as they experienced the pictures, hearing we love your book, you inspire me to be an author, the pictures are awesome, and we love the story, coming from young minds almost brought me to tears a few times. With thank you hugs, thank you cards, a special crown made for me by a JR-K child and I want to buy this book…I am still in absolutely awe to the day’s events unfolding! As an artist we want our audiences to be happy with what we made, and I couldn’t have had a better reception of my book in such a mass capacity! I gave out a labour of my love to have it beautifully and wonderfully received by an awesome school! Thank you again Angela MacDonald Harris with whom none of this would have happened, you made my day!!! Xoxo 🤗 🐾 🐈 🐕 🌍. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Presenting a World to others: sharing a labour of love!

Getting ready to bring our World to the world of young readers! The dream of writing this story to reach out to the young ones, and tell this story to them personally is truly a dream come true and a blessing! I am proud to share this story with them, and see their expressions and reactions! After all, they are who I wrote it for and what they think about it, is what is important!

Feedback is very crucial to a writer, artist, film maker, musician, etc. I was discussing this with my cousin, who along with her husband, just released an indie film that they put a lot of work into, how with my book release and their film release, we both understood how it felt to put something you poured your heart into, and present to the world, can be a little daunting.

You want it to be successful, in a way that you see the joy it can bring to others. A work of labour and love exposed to others, is truly a step that can be both exciting and terrifying! You aren’t in it to make thousands of dollars, though it would be a perk, hahah, but in fact to touch thousands in a way you dreamed it would! Sharing something so personal is a brave step, and I am so very happy and grateful that I did just that!!

So with tomorrow’s all day reading to the primary grades I am bringing the World to, I am hoping it is a beginning that will touch many many young hearts to come!