In 2018 I wrote and published my first children's book, A Very Special Christmas Story. I've been building a limited number of rustic wooden nativity sets each year. Every year when I was building them, I would think how nice it would be to have a book telling the Christmas story which could be sold together with the nativity sets. I always had enough on the go without doing anything about it myself.
Finally in 2018, I decided to self-publish my first children's book. I wrote the story in more of a format of myself telling the story to my nieces and nephews. I sent the story to my sister-in-law and had her draw matching illustrations. She did a lovely job of it. In my opinion, the illustrations are what completes the book. I coloured the illustrations using Adobe Photoshop.
I used a cheaper on demand printing company for the first printing. It was quite much of a trial run to see if or how the book would go over. I was so overwhelmed with the positive response. It was truly humbling and I'm forever grateful to each one who bought the book. I sold out of my book locally which didn't really give me the chance to promote it much elsewhere.
Now in 2019, I decided it was time to figure where to go with this book. I did some checking with different printing companies and settled on Friesens Corporation out of Altona, MB. How neat is it that I live in Manitoba and there just happens to be a really wonderful book printing company 4.75 hours from me?!! So, this book is written, published and printed in Manitoba!
I've made some significant changes to the book for this printing. The illustrations have been completely recoloured. I've added a few more pages making the book easier to look at and read. The story is still more or less the same. I'm so thrilled with how it's turning out. I'll have a real book in my hands this time. I have some plans in place for pre-orders with some exclusive merchandise to go along with the pre-orders.
The second printing is in the proofing/testing area.
Update: 2019.09.13 - The completed book files have just been sent to the next department at Friesens Corporation.
Update: 2019.09.24 - The paper proofs have been received and approved. Now it's a waiting game. The books won't be bound until December, so printing will most likely take place in November. I have been informed that I can come watch my book being printed!! As soon as I have a more definite date on the printing and binding, I will let you know.
Update: 2019.11.13 - Press Check is completed. Pre-orders are open till December 1, 2019.
Final Update: Books are now available to purchase through my online shop or retail location. If you are interested in retailing these books, I'd love to hear from you.