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.

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Josie is well

Everything went well with the surgery. We are home and trying to heal and sleep and take care of the basics. Her demeanor is great. There are challenges with pain and itching, but she’s doing better than I expected. Thank you all for prayers, calls, and gifts.

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josie’s first surgery

Wednesday AM is Josie’s first surgery.  I had high hopes that when we first found out about all the complications that can happen with her form of Dwarfism, she would be one of the lucky few who wouldn’t need surgery.

Years later, I find myself almost relieved that she is getting surgery.  She is quite knock-kneed, and has frequent pain because of it.  A decade or so ago, this type of procedure would involve splitting the bone in her knees and placing metal plates in place.  Thankfully, she is not getting this type.  She is getting Eight Plates put in.  I think it’s a fascinating way of using her growth pattern to guide the knees to a straighter position.  How cool it that?  Using mother nature to her advantage, this surgery in a one night stay at the hospital, and an expected recovery time of 1-2 weeks.  Amazing!

She will likely be getting screws put in her hips the stabilize that area too.  This will be decided the AM of the surgery, when up-to-the-minute X-Rays are taken.

Josie is pretty excited for this as well.  I’m sure that as she enters the room she will feel scared and overwhelmed, but right now she’s happy that her future will involve less pain.

So, if you would be so kind as to pray for our Josie we would be ever grateful. She will certainly be uncomfortable and limited in movement.  Thank you so much friends.  Have a wonderful few days, as I will be busy tending to my girl.

I have had many offers from friends to help in any way I need.  I feel so blessed to have so many people in our lives that truly care.  Thank you to you all as well.