Updated: 5 days ago
by Kay J Douglas
It’s nearly time for the release of my very first book, Bob and Avery Help Helga the Witch! Our incredible illustrator, Eric, has finished all the images for the book and, thanks to the great efforts of this amazing team, we got the text put into a first draft! I made a poster that my super supportive friends and family are putting up around their towns and in their places of work. (Who is the luckiest person ever? Yes, that’s right, me.)
This is the feeling I was waiting for, the hyped-up, oh-my-god-its-happening panic and excitement, the thought that, in just one short month, on my 27th birthday, my first-ever published book will be out into the world. I’m so lucky to have the amazing and wonderful Stephanie in my life who introduced me to the equally amazing and wonderful Colton Nelson, who is making this all happen. I can’t wait to actually HOLD the book in my hands. I will likely cry with excitement (you’ve all now been warned). I think this will be my favorite birthday yet!
The experience of all this is probably pretty different from other people who have gotten published. (Unless they self-published, to which I say congrats and kudos!) I’ve been blessed enough to have a full hands-on position with the entire making of the book. I got to find and present Eric as the potential artist. I got to be right there, involved with every image and every text change. It was where I am sitting, right this second, writing this blog, that we put the font onto the completed pages. For this, I am eternally indebted to Colton. I'm grateful he even allowed this to happen, considering I tend to be just a smidge nit-picky, with a dash of high-maintenance, and a good ol’ heaping of stubborn. I'm also grateful for him putting up with the endless missed calls and texts due to my ability to fall asleep within three minutes of agreeing to a call. (Napping is an essential part of book writing, I will have you know.)
For once, instead of my birthday just meaning it’s time for Thanksgiving turkey, it means something ten times better. It means a book release and birthday extravaganza featuring friends, family, a special cake by me and tacos, tacos, tacos! Oh! And did I mention that the book is being released ON MY BIRTHDAY? Here’s to 27!
--Kay J Douglas
September 09, 2019