And now, it’s time to Chill
The mock-up for my latest book arrived! I was excited firstly, because I love getting surprises in the post and secondly, it took like, two and a half years to get to this point. Why so long? Well, there were a few reasons:
1) Working a full-time day job – this never helps when you you’re trying to write and illustrate a 32 page book.
2) Publishers wouldn’t buy it – due to the nature of it; a picture storybook incorporating a mindfulness exercise, no one knew what to do it, what category it fell under or how to market it. It took almost two years before I found an independent willing to pick it up and run with it.
3) Differences in opinion – the publisher, agent and I all had to agree on the final style, which we got to eventually after a bit of experimenting (even as we speak, the cover has changed entirely).
4) Working on another book – I was, and still am, writing a novel alongside this project (yep, crazy).
So you see, writing isn’t always a clear cut journey from A to B. It’s hard work, fraught with obstacles and self-doubt, and not for the faint hearted. But you will always know if it’s the right path for you, because nothing, but nothing will get in your way of delivering your story to the world!
*Chill with Lil will be published in Spring 2018 by Ragged Bears.