josie bean books

It seems like forever since I penned the first words of the series, Josie Bean Books.  Finally after over a year of tweaking and being timid about putting myself and book “out there”, I have finally submitted the first book to agents.

Lots of prayers and and dreams have gone into the writing of these children’s books about our very own Josie.  The whole purpose of the series is to bring awareness and recognition to the dwarfism community, while capturing Josie’s sassy personality.  There are no other books like it on the market.  None.  In fact I wrote them because I saw a void in the market.  How could author have written about everything except this?  It’s amazing how much we humans have not figured out yet.

I certainly have done much research on different ways to go about publishing.  After completeing the manuscript, I feel like that was the easy part.  Figuring out a market I only now the bookstore end of has been daunting.  It’s overwhelming how many companies are out there, and how many ways to publish there are.

I have decided the best thing for these books is traditional publishing.  First, I need an agent.  Then the agent gets me a book deal.  They do all the work, and I pay nothing out-of-pocket.  This is the best case scenario.  If this doesn’t happen, I will look into the many facets of self-publishing.

I have learned one thing.  Patience is a very hard virtue.

According to several sites, I need to build myself a good following of people who know me and support this idea.  Will you please be one of them?  I would very much appreciate all the support I can get.  “Like” Josie Bean Books on Facebook.  Please follow my Twitter account.  Most importantly, keep checking back here for updates on the process as they come in.

You have been so kind to stay with me all these years.  Don’t stop now.  Thank you so very much for being around and supporting this cause.

do something about it

Do you have a secret bucket list of ultimate dream life goals?  Even if it’s just a mental one, I seem to add to mine all the time.  Since we move to The Farm, something inside me awoke.  The cheesy saying that “dreams come true” it suddenly real to me.  I felt inspired and blessed to know that God sometimes puts those dreams inside us for a reason.

I fell in love with creative writing as a Freshmen in high school.  A very sweet English teacher took interest in me, and saw something I didn’t know I had.  I was living in Las Vegas (and as such I can say it is  “The City of Sin”) and I was a lost and somewhat lonely child.  It wasn’t at all easy to make friends.  As a teen I often struggled with expressing myself acceptably.  I found writing was my outlet for emotional overload.

This weekend I thought I’d start down the road of writing again.  This time to glorify the Lord and not myself.  He gave me this gift and I want to use it in the way He wants.  So, I have a little gift, I have a little dream, and now I’m going to do something about it.  I have NO idea what will happen with it, but if nothing else we will enjoy it.

The point of the Josie Bean books is to bring awareness about dwarfism, and encourage Little People, and especially children, that LP’s are everything that average sized people are, they just do things different.  There are extra challenges, but a wonderful and full life ahead for Josie who is fearfully and wonderfully made.

So, my pen will continue.  These things take some time.  I hope that in the months to come I can show more.