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!!