Monday, April 25, 2016

Good News for a Monday

Well, it's official. I'm no longer living in the DC area. I just recently moved to Smalltown, Wyoming. I've been here for 12 days so far, and doing my best to jump in feet first and get involved in the community. As such, I've got all signed up to sell my book at the local Farmer's Market next week. I'm also happy to say that I've got my book in two different bookstores around town.
To top it all off, I got yet another fabulous email this morning from one of the stores where I'll be selling Itchy Mitchie:

"Hello this is ____  with ______!! We love your book and would love to carry it in our store!! My four year old has had me read it to her over and over!! I would like to buy two copies for the store and then would also love to host you for a book signing and Storytime!!"

Well, you just can't beat that for a Monday can you! 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

This Illustration took FOREVER!

Well, I finally finished this particularly complicated illustration. I think it took me almost 2 weeks to complete (Granted, I can only work on it a couple hours every few days -Mom of toddlers here!). :)

Since I shared a tiny piece of it a few days ago, I thought I'd share the whole finished product. I counted 245 Hand-cut pieces of paper in this one page.

The bookshelf alone, if you look at each piece I had to cut and glue together (each different color is a different piece of paper), took quite some time:

Luckily I'm really happy with the finished product, so I can say it was all worth it! And at this point, I'm more than half way done with all the illustrations. So, hooray! This book is coming along!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The best email ever!

Last night I was surprised with the BEST email ever!

So, a few weeks ago, I was a vendor at a local flea market selling my book Itchy Mitchie with a fellow author, Penelope Aaron (who is the awesome writer of YA novels Inspiraled and Inspirited BTW).

While it was a good experience as always, I learned a lesson that flea markets aren't the best places to sell brand new books. Needless to say, it wasn't the most successful day in sales. However, one of the few sales that I did make was to a lovely third grade teacher who said she would read the book to her class. Awesome! So I gave her my business card and told her to let me know how they liked it.

Well, about a month later, I get this wonderful email from her! Turns out they all liked it so much that each third grader in the class wrote a review and sent it to me.

I don't think I've ever had a prouder moment as an author than I did reading these adorable, hilarious, and heart-warming reviews! Aside from them simply enjoying the book, what made me most happy is that the students really learned the moral of the story and got a good "lesson" out of it. Now, THAT is what I truly hope for. Makes my heart smile so big! (...And to top it off, some of the kids just hammed it up big time and made me feel super special and important, which is always nice too. Hehe). 

It goes to show that even ONE sale to the right person can make a huge difference, so don't get discouraged if you have a "bad" day at your local craft fair, you just never know. 

Here's a few reviews that were my most favorite. Seriously, what sweethearts!:

"Dear Mrs. Day,

My favorite part of the book was when Itchy Mitchie’s mom told Itchy Mitchie that you can control what you think about. I liked this part because it is a very good moral and it can apply to someone's everyday life. I think it can help other people realize that if they have something bad or irritating in their life they should always focus on the good things happening instead. That is what I enjoy about your book. I found the book interesting and funny and at times educational. I love your illustrations and I hope you can teach me how to draw like that when I meet you. You are a great author. I hope to be like you some day!"

"Dear Mrs. Day,

My favorite part of the book was when Mitchie almost won the Blinkie ball game. Why? It’s because he tried his best which is more important than winning against the third graders. Trying your best is really what matters. If Mitchie was real I would’ve told him good try, even though you didn’t win the Blinkie ball game. Even though that was my favorite part I liked the other parts too."

"Dear Mrs. Day,

My favorite part of the book was the whole entire book. I really liked the part when the boy in class the teacher was trying to teach the class but all he was doing is itching his feet and not listening to one thing the teacher was saying. My next favorite part is when the itching goes away on his feet so he is able understand the Math problems his teacher  gives the class. I liked that part because he wasn't ,complaining, missing out on his problems and not being able to know what to do. I love it  that people can understand things so they know it!   Mrs. Day this is one of the best books I've read. It taught my my class and I learned not to complain. THANK YOU!"

"Dear Mrs. Day,

My favorite part of the book was…

When michie was saying he was going to win the  game but he did not win and when he was very frustrated and was not happy. Also I have another favorite part of the  book was one in the morning michie’s  feet were very itchy but when he play the game he totally forgot about his feet and that they were itchy. I chose these for my favorite part of the book because they're so interesting and I love to read and this is probably one of the best books that I have read in the whole world. Also this book is so so so so so interesting and unique. You are one of the best authors in the whole world."

"Dear Mrs. Day,

My favorite part of the book was… 
When at the end when the kids feet stop itching. Because it happened to me before I was itching and i got distracted on math forgot all about my  itching hand but this is about itching feet. that is why i love this book!"

"Dear Mrs. Day,

My favorite part of the book was well if you ask me the whole book was phenomenal. I love that after the go that itchy foot the just forgot about it and just wanted to play Blinkey ball.You showed me that no matter what happens you can all way have fun.I love the rules you made like you can’t go to school if you don’t wear sockes.It was the most entertaining book i’d ever lisended to if I find any more books I will promis you  that I will read them you're books are the best"