I started writing Before I Was Born while I was pregnant with my second child. I remember being so excited each month, I could not wait to see what size my baby was and how much he weighed and what he was doing inside my belly. I felt him moving around in there but wasn’t quite sure exactly what was going on so I would Google it and do research just so I knew what was happening.
I would sit in my bed at night and just write about it. Each month as my baby was growing I would jot down his size and what he was able to do and even feelings I was having during this time. I knew I wanted to write a book about my experience but was not exactly sure how to go about it.
It almost scared me in a way because it was something I had never done before. But after having all these words on paper I called my mother and best friend and read what I had written and they thought it was great. That gave me just the push I needed to pursue this book further.
I went on Facebook and started to join groups. Author groups, writing groups, and illustrator groups. I was now looking for someone to illustrate my book. In one of the groups, I met Sam, who became my illustrator. She thought my story was adorable and wanted to work with me. She showed me her amazing work and I was all about it. I wanted to work with her right away and start this exciting journey.
Once Sam completed the illustrations I put it all together and emailed it out to a bunch of different publishing companies. I included a nice little cover letter explaining what my book was about and why they should pick me.
Well, It did not exactly turn out how I expected it to. Many emails came back to me with zero interest in my book. It was discouraging of course but I still kept at it and I was not going to stop until someone liked it. Finally, I received an email from a nice woman, it had been a couple of months after I sent out the emails and I guess my email was stuck in her spam folder so that is why it took so long to respond. But she said they loved my story and the illustrations and wanted to work with me. That next week we had a phone conversation and I have been working with them ever since.
I did a ton of research on publishing companies, who is the best, who is the worst, should I self publish? should I try to go with a traditional publisher? I wanted to learn everything there is to know about this topic.
I ended up going with a hybrid publisher called Beaver’s Pond Press. They guided me every step of the way. They were so kind and patient with me, answered every single question I had and I just had a really good feeling about them. I am very happy with the end result and very thankful they decided to work with me.