WE WANNA MAKE A BOOK!

Check out this awesome Kickstarter from one of my favorite blogs! This will be a really unique book and they have some pretty interactive perks if you donate!

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Hello there!  This is a different kind of post….I’m going to share a project we want to do!

Um.  Oh wait…I guess we usually do that, don’t we?  But this different because this is a project we want to do THAT WE NEED LOTS OF HELP WITH.

Ever since the Collaborations post went viral, people have been asking me to make book.  “You should make a book!” they’d say, and I totally agreed with them because they’re all awesome.  We had a few publisher nibbles, but they all fizzled.  They said they weren’t really sure how to sell it.  (Do you know you have to have a TON of existing interest in your idea and a ready-made audience online before anyone at a publishing company will even LOOK at it?   I mean, how do new things even ever happen that way?)

Anyway, after many trying and much attempts, it occurred…

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Bragging Rights

Okay, okay maybe it’s not the best way to start off a blog with a little bragging, but I’m really proud of myself so I’m going to do it anyway. I really killed it this year with Mother’s Day. I’m a classic “card and take you out to lunch” kind of gal, but this year I was struck with a rather brilliant idea.

When I was a little girl, my mom used to tell me stories. As in elaborate-multi-parted-hours-long stories that would span the length of our road trips. Probably the best story she ever told came about when I was in the first grade. It turned out that she had been writing a little bit each night until she had a full length story about a little girl growing up with her grandmother after her mother dies. The plot was comprised of these lovely little vignettes about small town life and every day encounters contributing to the protagonist’s personal growth. She even wrote some songs to go along with the story and soon every teacher at my elementary school was asking her to read it to their classes. Everyone told her she should publish, but unfortunately she never did. So I decided to do it for her. Kind of.

I used MyPublisher, which I think is mostly for photo books but they had a storyteller layout that was perfect for this, and added “photos” from illustrations (mostly collages) that I added to the text of her story. The MyPublisher software isn’t great, but their customer service is, so I would definitely use them again. Plus, the final product looked really good and my mom got to open a package with a bookstore quality version of the story she had written decades ago.

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This page pictured above is my favorite and includes a lullaby that my mom used to sing to me when I was a baby.

This was a really cool project for me to do for my mom and it’s definitely a gift idea that I will never be able to top! I also think that this would be a great project for people with kids. I know in elementary school we got to make our own books using drawings that our teachers would ship off to an independent publisher somewhere. But nowadays this is something that parents and children could easily do at home together. Anyone with a scanner and basic computer literacy could totally pull this off. I can recommend MyPublisher but I’m sure there are other good ones out there too that I haven’t tried. I for one can say I would have loved to make a picture book like this as a kid…well and even now 🙂