Friday, November 23, 2012
A special thank you to Boone Electric and Jim Robertson for writing this story that came out in the Rural Missouri just 2 days ago! If you click on the link and go to page 3 you will see the awesome story.... Thanks Jim!
This is so exciting as my inspiration for this book was Tom Trabue. For those of you that don't know him, Tom is an amazing guy. He is the current chair of the Chamber Ambassadors and was diagnosed with cancer just before taking chair. He has completed his 12 chemo treatments and is currently going through radiation treatments but the doctors said his cancer is all gone! This 100 page (or so) children's chapter book is for ages 8-12 and is focused on paying it forward. I can't wait to share more details about the book as I get them and currently we are working on placement of the illustrations and text for young readers. I want to make sure the story is perfect when it goes to press!
I have been thinking about doing this for awhile but it wasn't until recently when we took a trip to Colorado that I actually had to get it out of my head and on to paper! I pretty much wrote the book during our trip and finished it up after we got home. I know, I know... how does one find time while you are on vacation? It was easy... Our friends, Paul and Whitnee have a 15 month old baby who goes to bed early which meant we came back to the hotel early! My little fingers went to work typing everything up. With Tom Trabue as my inspiration and Peggy A. Guest (a family friend and local artist) as my illustrator I was ready to move forward on this project!
I had a couple of conversations with publishing companies and found one that would edit and publish my book. They will also help with marketing and setting up accounts for me at Barnes & Noble, ibook, Nook, etc. My only goal is to see my book on the shelves at Barnes & Noble... just one time.
This is really an exciting time for me and something I take great pride in.... I'll let you all know when I have copies in my hand!