Published in their hearts

The overriding theme of the conference seemed to be ‘No one is buying picture books.’ I drove home feeling slightly deflated.  Sure, my books will be published if they’re good enough.  But even ‘good enough’ doesn’t cut it these days.  The truth is, it’s now harder than ever to publish a picture book.

There are two ways to take this stark bit of reality.  I can let it take me down.  Or.  What if it makes me better?

Deflation began to give way to a small spark of something.  Optimism?  Hope?  Inspiration? Yep. It’s all there.   You’re probably thinking I’ve lost touch with reality.  Well, I kind of hope you’re right.  A little less reality and a lot more imagination may be just what I need to write the best story out there.

By the time I walked in the door that night, I was ready to keep going.  A homemade sign welcome me back.  “Was the conference successful?”  It asked.  I now agreed it was.  While unloading all my junk on the kitchen table, I looked over the hearts and the names written.  The last thing I read was the icing on the cake: “You’re stories will remain forever published in our hearts.”

I smiled.  Well, there you go.

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11 thoughts on “Published in their hearts

  1. Oh my gosh, I think I want to marry your family. How sweet is that sign? I’m so glad you took a picture and shared it with us here!

    And speaking of pictures, I don’t hate that one of me. I’m kinda actually liking it. It must be the photographer (who, I might add, looked very professional and not at all mothery, at the conference).

    Yay, you! Keep the faith, Deb. I have a feeling you have what it takes to get published (although it won’t beat being published in your family’s hearts. Seriously, I think I’m getting choked up.)

  2. Pooh! I just wrote a LOOOOOOONG comment and lost it!

    Okay, here’s the short version: Love your family, love that sign, kinda liked my pic, really like your spirit, and even liked that professional outfit you wore (not at all mothery, in my humble opinion).

    Published in our hearts? BEST. LINE. EVER.

  3. You may have lost it, but I found it, Cathy! Thanks for the sweet comments. It’s always so nice to find that someone stopped by and visited me!

  4. Oh, one more thing…I’m glad you like the picture of the big contest winner. : ) I think it’s a great one and I’ll send you a copy!

  5. Okay, well now I know where your wonderful characters come from. You have a very loving family who seems to “get it” in terms of your writing and how much it means to you. That sign ought to be framed and protected behind glass so you can keep it forever. It will be wonderful motivation to keep going as you’re writing the next greatest picture book ever.

  6. Ooh, don’t even think about calling that a “little victory”! You know me, it was HUGE! (And yes, I will keep rejoicing. I’m already doing a little dance at getting four comments on this post…even if Cathy did accidentally post twice! : ) Thanks for stoppin’ in.

  7. Uggghhh, I just lost my big comment also! haha I was trying to edit (leaving a comment for people who write is scary for me) and somehow backspace meant return to previous page. Grrrr! I will attempt it again.

    My top boss (Billy) here wrote a children’s book. He wrote it with his kids, who are now in college. When his family came in to talk about writing it together, they were still glowing with excitement. I think they said they started the book when they were about 11 or 12. Billy also didn’t care about fame or money, but wanted to show his kids that hard work pays off. He also commented that his kids would still have that book and not only remember that story, but all of the time they spent together writing “The Adventures of Johnny Saturday” long after he was gone. While the story was good, I think my favorite part about it was hearing the family talk about writing it together. I believe his publishing deal was that he paid himself to have it published. I want to say it was only going to sell on Amazon, but it was around $500 if I remember correctly. He said he made the money back in about 6 months after the book was published. I think sales mostly were from word around the office, (nothing earns brownie points better than having a copy of your boss’s book on your desk) family, and friends. He also got to take his kids to California for a book signing (I think he mosly paid for that also) and they all got to autograph books together.

    The point of this was don’t give up. If you keep writing, you will get a chance one day to have a story published. Even if you have to pay for the first one yourself … with a family the size of yours, you won’t even need to pass the word at the office! haha


    1. Hi, Karri! It was such a nice surprise to find your comment here! Thanks for taking the time to leave one. It’s definitely true that the most rewarding writing and story telling I do is for my kids. They think I’m just brilliant. 🙂 While I know that’s not true, I still appreciate their love and support. They’re a great source of inspiration for me too! And it’s a real blessing to have family like that.

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