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I'm very excited to finally have my picture book, Where Are the Flowers?, out in the world.  (see my avatar) :snoopy

This was a venture into self-publishing I had not tried before. It was also the first PB I've tried illustrating. (I've illustrated several of my puzzle books, but those were just b&w line drawings.) So several new milestones for me.

I decided three years ago I wanted to create this PB for my grandchildren. Fortunately, KY has a program where seniors can take free university courses, so I've been taking graphic design, as an independent study, to learn to illustrate on the computer. The instructor has been wonderful to let me work on my PB project and give me help when I needed it.

I decided to go with Createspace since it's free and using it has been pretty straightforward. Currently the book is only available on Amazon.

It feels great to have reached this long-time goal. Best wishes to any of you others who are trying self-publishing.  :goodluck
#1 - December 11, 2017, 06:45 PM
« Last Edit: December 18, 2017, 02:25 PM by Ev »

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Ev, what a lovely gift to your grandchildren! I am in awe of your illustration work, too.

Huge congrats on this long time goal! It's gorgeous!
#2 - December 11, 2017, 06:57 PM
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Congratulations on making this beautiful book for your grandchildren!!!  :flowers2 You are a woman of many, many talents and it makes me smile to think how wonderful it is to nurture them.   :star2 :star2 :star2 Hats off to you!!!
#3 - December 11, 2017, 07:13 PM
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 :yay  Ev!! Congratulations! Such good news. :)
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Congratulations, Ev, on your book and your inspiring commitment to lifelong learning.
#6 - December 11, 2017, 09:21 PM
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 :flowers2 :flowers2 :flowers2 Congratulations, Ev! Like the others, I'm in awe of your many talents. I hope you have much success with WHERE ARE THE FLOWERS? !

 :flowers :fireworks :flowers :fireworks :flowers
#7 - December 11, 2017, 10:23 PM
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 :merryxmas What a beautiful gift, and because I've seen/read it, I can vouch that it is timeless and will be treasured.  :xmasstocking
I think other kids would feel the same way about this story even if it was not written by their grandma.  :yourock
#8 - December 11, 2017, 10:59 PM
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Congratulations, Ev!!!
 :flowers2 :flowers2
#9 - December 12, 2017, 04:34 AM

Congratulations, Ev!  :hurrah Lovely illustrations!  :paint
#10 - December 12, 2017, 05:27 AM

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Congratulations, Ev, on your hard work and perseverance!  You're a great role model for your grandchildren, and I'm sure they'll love the book.
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What a satisfying accomplishment, Ev. Congratulations! :yay
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Thank you, dear Blueboard friends, for your congrats and all your encouragement!!  :grouphug2 I love you!
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What a wonderful thing to do for your grandchildren and what a lovely journey to get it published.  :congratulations!!!!!!
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How wonderful, Ev! :fireworks
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Congrats! Cute cover.
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Congratulations!!! I'm sure your grandchildren must be very proud of you. 
#17 - December 12, 2017, 09:24 AM
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Congratulations!  :yay
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:yay Ev! I'm in awe of your talent. :gogirl
#19 - December 12, 2017, 04:10 PM
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Wow! What a wonderful present and impressive achievement!  :hurrah  :flowers2
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#21 - December 13, 2017, 09:58 AM

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Congratulations, Ev!
#22 - December 13, 2017, 12:23 PM
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It's so awesome that even though you've had many books published, you still had room for a few firsts! Congrats, Ev!
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Congratulations, Ev! What a special gift to your grandchildren!   :hearts

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Terrific news Ev, big Congratulations!!!  :yay
#25 - December 14, 2017, 01:23 AM
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Congrats, Ev!! I'm sorry I didn't make it to the KY Book Festival to meet you a couple of weeks ago. Things got super busy and I couldn't fit it in.  Maybe next year.  Again, Congrats!!
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I originally mentioned in this thread that when my order of books arrived some of the copies were defective. Since that was not good news, that post and the related comments that followed have been moved to the Self Publishing section under this thread--

https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=85436.0

Long Hair, don't worry about not seeing me at the KY Book Festival, because I wasn't there either. I was really sad I couldn't go, but I was very sick with the flu and pneumonia.   :cry2
#27 - December 18, 2017, 02:32 PM

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My copies arrived today, and as a "verified purchase" I had the honor of posting the first review. The book is beautiful.

May it bring many blessings, and maybe some will come back to you, Ev, in the form of good health!   :fairywand
#28 - December 18, 2017, 10:04 PM
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 :thankyou  Mirka! I appreciate your lovely review and also your best wishes to me.
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This looks great, Ev! Congratulations on completing your special project!
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