Well last year at the Wildwood Art Fair a lady, Pam Wilson, entered my booth and basically nudged me off the cliff. We had a great conversation about my heritage breed photo project and my plans to do a book of the farmers and the rare breeds of livestock and poultry that they care for. Pam told me she worked for a local publisher, Davis Creative. She gave me a business card and said she would look forward to hearing from me.
So instead of doing what I might have done in the past, I mustered up the bravery to put myself out there in a world of unknowns. I met with Pam and Cathy L. Davis, founder of Davis Creative LLC. and we discussed many things and several book projects I’ve had in my head and on my computer just waiting to move forward. These ladies answered the many questions I had and put my fears to rest. Not only did they understand where I was coming from, but they were encouraging and excited about where I wanted to go.
I had been researching book publishers for a couple years, can’t tell you how nice it was to find someone local and that I could meet in person if needed...not to mention the personal attention by people that know me and understand my mission.
While I continue to work on my heritage breed photo project, I’m looking at another 2-4 years before I’m ready to publish. With that in mind, Cathy and Pam chatted with me about my other books that I hope will see the light of day. We also came up with a collection of my Facebook stories since that is what you, my friends have been asking for. Trust me...it’s in the works....maybe by next summer???
In the meantime, I have been presented with the most fabulous opportunity through Davis Creative, to write a chapter...just a single chapter, for a anthology or collection of stories by several writers. Maybe this is a baby step, feels like a giant step...but it’s a start! I’m going to be a published writer...Oh My GOODNESS!
I was challenged to write about “Positive Perspectives on Creating a Life Worth Living”. My chapter will be published in the “Living Well” Anthology. I say challenge because I’ve not been given a topic or a deadline since high school. Naturally I over thought it and made myself all nervous with absolutely no writable thoughts at all coming to mind. With the deadline looming I shut my door and told my mom she would not see me till I finished. A deadline, a deadline, a deadline....did you know my ceiling fan makes fourteen complete rotations every 17.5 seconds? I really should take my nick knacks down and dust. How did I actually learn to type, because I failed typing class? Obviously this was going nowhere fast, but somewhere, somehow I got out of my own way and I just wrote. I wrote about real life just like I do on Facebook all the time. Plain, simple, just my life as is. Low and behold, they loved it...and I beat the deadline...Whoop, Whoop!
So I am here to let everyone know that there is going to be an official “Online Book Launch” Wednesday June 26th 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Sometime in there I will have a live interview with Cathy about my chapter and other happenings. You need to sign up or register to listen to the online launch. A link is listed below If you need help, let me know.
Then on Saturday June 29th a reception will be held to introduce those involved with the book. Copies will be available. The reception will be held at Silver Lining in Town and Country 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Sadly I am not able to attend this event, but please, if you are in the area...stop by...mingle, meet Cathy and Pam, several of the writers, and grab a copy of the book. I can not wait to get my hands on it, should be very inspirational and empowering. I’m honored to be a part of this project.
I’ll share more info as I can. I’ll have books at some of my shows, and on my website. I’d be happy to sign one for you if you like. This will be my first published book as a writer. I’ve been very fortunate to have my photography published in a couple books and magazines. You can find a list of them in my website. Most notable is the Whole Goat Handbook by Janet Hurst and Interpretations by the Columbia Art League.
So this is my big news I’ve been sitting on. I’m excited to finally share it with you. Fingers crossed it is well received and only the beginning of more books to come.
Join Amy Kramer Baue, Ann Baur, Kristy White-Barton, Debbie Baumoel, Lisa Bianco, Jody Budo, Michele Burghardt, Kim Carr, Patricia Eder, Kerry Ghormley, Dianne Graves, Tara Kraus Gregor, Nadine Kouba, Mikell Miller-Rush, Meaghan Shaffer, Melissa Swank, Pam Wilson . . . and more!
Online Book Launch registration for Wednesday June 26, 2019
I’ll be interviewed live sometime between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Register to follow along online.