The Next Step for Pickles and Rufus

The Long Journey

The old saying “hindsight is twenty, twenty,” is definitely true in the story of my children’s picture book Anastasia Pickering, Anastasia’s Rain. As mentioned in an earlier hub on self-publishing, in 2008, after an unsuccessful attempt to get my book picked up by a traditional publishing company, I decided to self-publish. In 2009 my book was offered online, but it was impossible to get it into bookstores, which was a huge disappointment. I had purchased a buyback guarantee through the company who marketed and printed the book, but it didn't matter to retail outlets. A buyback guarantee insures retail outlets if the book doesn’t sell, they can send it back. My company led me to believe otherwise, but had no answers when questioned about why the local Barnes and Nobles wouldn’t stock it. (hindsight insight one).

The following year, I wanted to get the eBook format developed and learned it was not only very expensive, but only the front cover would be in color, as color files were too large at that time for eReaders to handle. Only the iPads had enough memory to handle color books, another fact that was never mentioned when I signed the contract (hindsight insight two).

Even with these disappointments, I continued to read my book at schools and stores and enter children’s picture book competitions. Anastasia’s Rain ended up winning recognitions from Mom’s Choice, The Dove Foundation and Writer’s Digest. The Writer’s Digest award got the attention of Flyingbooks, an app company, who offered to put my book on their app. (http://www.flyingbooks.me/books/show/244) It’s now available on the ipad and iphone and will eventually be available for the Android format. Over time, it will be available in French, German and Spanish (a step in the right direction).

Over the years, I have taken every opportunity to pass my book along to anyone who knew someone who might be able to help me get it into the right hands (I’m tenacious). Recently, I ran into an old friend who is in the publishing business and he passed my book along to someone he knew who publishes children’s books. They contacted me and accepted my book!

Today, I am reformatting my book for the new publisher and working on new marketing collateral, making changes to my website and the list goes on. This publishing company will market the book to bookstores and format it for eBook readers that handle the larger color files of children’s picture books.

My hopes are high for better distribution with this new opportunity. With every change come new expenses of course. I recently learned of the website Kickstarter. It allows people with new ideas to announce them to the world, provide their plan to bring the plan to fruition and offer rewards for anyone willing to fund their project. Yesterday, I launched my Kickstarter page for this next phase of the life and times of Anastasia Pickering, Anastasia’s Rain. If you or anyone you know may have an interest, my link is: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1369592040/anastasia-pickering-a-thinking-in-the-rain-adventu?ref=activity

It has been an interesting journey and yes, in hindsight, I wish my information had been more accurate, and I had been told the whole truth. BUT, I’m not looking back, for I learned many lessons and have much more information than when I first started. Now……Forward, March!!

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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

What a journey you have been on and it saddens me that there are so many loop holes to fall through in the publishing world. All most of us want is to write good material and have it appreciated. Something good will come of your efforts. I really believe that and hope that you have new success with your kickstart venture. Best wishes!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

That is fantastic news my friend, and it gives me hope for my novel. It's only been a year for me, so I just need patience and perseverance. Thank you for writing this and I am very happy for you.


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picklesandrufus 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Irc7815-thanks so much for your good wishes. My fingers are crossed for Kickstarter:) I appreciate the visit.

Hi Billybuc- all I can say is don't give up, but have a LOT of patience!! Thanks so much for stopping by to comment.


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James A Watkins 3 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for sharing a bit of your story. I am closing in on finishing my first book. Although it is adult non-fiction, it is always good to read about the experiences of others who have gone on before you on a similar trek. Good luck!

James :D


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

picklesandrufus what you have gone through certainly could be described as the rapids. Now you seem to have reached calmer waters. All the best of luck with the new leg of your project. I am sure that the kickstarter adventure will be a story in itself.

You don't mention if your book is available from Amazon.com. Is it?


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Congratulations! That is so great. I have self-published and sell a few, but most make good gifts at Christmas. This wasn't what I had envisaged for all my hard work at all, so it's great to read that someone - you - are getting some recognition at last.


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picklesandrufus 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Hi James-I wish you the best of luck with your book. I hope your waters are smoother than mine have been! Really appreciate your visit.

Mckbirdbks- I hope you are right and I have reached calmer waters:) My book is available on Amazon. Thanks for asking and thanks for stopping by to comment.

BossomSB- I know what you mean about your vision and I am not there yet....but I can feel some momentum and have great hope. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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travmaj 3 years ago from australia

Congratulations, great to see you are almost there -perseverance pays -

publication is certainly is a difficult task - obviously you have a wonderful product but somehow there's always a dilemma. It doesn't fit a publishing list, or they are not accepting any more - on and on it goes. So, it is great to see you finally kicked goals - and give some inspiration to myself and others. thank you


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picklesandrufus 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

hi traymaj - thank you for your comments. I still have a long way to go, but at least I can walk in a bookstore and see my book on the shelf one day. Appreciate you stopping by.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I read with pride of another Hubber who got their work published! You certainly are tenacious and I guess that's what it take. My daughter published a book about barbering over a year ago. I wrote a Hub reviewing it. It's a great little book. She has sold some on Amazon. I think she should write it as an ebook.

I wish you all the luck in the world. I'm proud to know you, Mary


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picklesandrufus 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Hi Mary! Thank you for commenting. Maybe your daughter should look into an eBook. Since it is not a picture book, it may not be expensive to publish. Appreciate your visit.


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow Pickles I am interested.. let me check your link

blessings

Debbie


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I am so impressed I love your links.. I will get back to you have to run out right no

blessings

Debbie


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picklesandrufus 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thanks so much for your interest Deborah. It has been an interesting experience and I have learned a lot. Thanks for stopping by.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

What a wonderful story of never giving up and this will inspire so many(myself included).

Wonderful and I vote up,across and share all around.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Eddy.


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picklesandrufus 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thank you so much Eddy! I just got my new proof back, so off I go! Thanks you very much for stopping by.


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

I am glad you didnt give up after all the disappointments and let downs.I am sure,it was a very long and tiring journey to recognition.Anyway,you have made some progress in the world of literature.


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picklesandrufus 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

I appreciate the comment James-wolfe. I hope this move is one that makes the difference I have worked for. Thanks for stopping by!


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Voted up useful and interesting. Wow...you are proof positive that perseverance pays off! You must be so excited, but of course, you should be for hanging in there and doing the leg work needed to move "Onward and Upward!" Please keep your followers in the loop with your progress.


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

I am glad you keep going through all your troubles and setbacks.You have given many other writers great tips and suggestions on what they might run into.Please give us updates on your progress and success.Keep up the amazing work.Thanx so much for sharing and caring.What an inspiration to all who love to write.


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picklesandrufus 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thanks so much for your kind comments DreamOn! We shall see where this next chapter takes me. I appreciate you stopping by:)


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

So interesting and very useful pickles I vote up , across and share.

Eddy.


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picklesandrufus 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Thanks for commenting Eddy. I know you know the publishing business all too well. I wish you the very best in your book efforts too!


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

I keep checking to see if anything is knew.I'm so excited for you.I love to see people follow their dreams.I know each and every day is an adventure.I feel like Huck Finn.Have a great day.


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picklesandrufus 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Hi Dream On. I did meet my Kickstarter goal and that was a huge help for me financially.My book is in the process of being developed as an eBook and will hopefully be available in the next 60 days. My paperback book looks a little different on the front cover with this new publisher, but the story is the same. I hope it will be out in another 30 days or so. I'm learning a lot, but even with this new company, most of the marketing is up to me. We have conference calls from time to time and I learn marketing ideas, which are helpful. Thanks so much for checking in!!


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

writing a book is not easy.. thee is so much involved.. i applaud you for keeping and not quitting.. many blessimgs.. to you

debbie


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Mommy Needs a Nap 3 years ago from Arkansas

Congratulations! What a journey you have taken to get to this point! Enjoy!


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picklesandrufus 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thank you for commenting Deborah and Mommy Needs a Nap! It has been and continues to be a journey....but one worth taking!


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

I have checked out your Kickstarter site and it really is something.Congratulations on making your goal.I love your great success and your continued progress reports.Have a great day.

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