So, last night was my official launch night for my book Glitter and Earth: Tales of Magic and Wonder.
The Cafe Dog and Rabbit was the perfect place to host the event as it had inspired one of the fairies in my book - the Rabbit Fairy.
I am keen to go into schools and try to inspire people with my fairies and the experience of the 100 day project. It will be exciting to see what people make of book first hand and see what ideas they come up with.
Glitter and Earth has secured its position on Amazon and I'm incredibly lucky to already have some amazing reviews!
Now I need to get it into the REAL world! This might take a little more work, but I'm happy to take it slowly and build good relationships with bookstores! One shop at a time!
So I have been having fun, but it's also been a bit stressful. When I got my book together I had no idea of all the little pieces involved with getting it out into the world.
I started the 100 day project with an open mind and a willingness to learn and when it was suggested that I create a book - I just went with it!
I had developed a momentum that wouldn't just stop and so it made sense to have a follow on project. There was a lot to learn - from working out how to format something on the iPad and finding out that actually that's not quite the best way to do it. That working on PDF's isn't as easy as you would hope and that Adobe software is crazy expensive. All things crucial to creating a book.
There is not a clear guide map. There is plenty of information out there and reading blogs really helped me, but it was quite time-consuming and sometimes a bit overwhelming. I had moments when I wondered what I done and why I had started this.
I saw that there was no way I could compete with people with publishers on their side to help them with marketing and everything else that goes along with releasing a book. It's not just a financial thing but an emotional thing to. Simply having someone on your side that believes in you goes a long way. There are people out there that believe that self published authors are somewhat inferior simply because they do not have that backing and that can be quite demoralising.
Thankfully I have an amazing husband and an amazing support system of friends and supporters online who have kept me going in moments of doubt.
Everybody's support has enabled me to carry on with renewed belief. I discovered that I needed to carry on having the confidence in myself that I expected a publisher to have and this meant that I needed to do the relevant marketing. So, I've been sending sending out books for review, contacting bloggers, putting up posters and designing flyers!
I worked out how to get my book on Amazon and feel really blessed that my early supporters have given me amazing reviews.
I still need to work out how to get my book in the shops, but I will figure that out in the near future! For now I am looking forward to Friday 27th where I can finally let my fairies fly!
Thank you, for reading and thanks for your support!
I have so much to tell you, but it's hard to know the best place to start.
My adventure to California was amazing. I thought it was going to good, but it was actually PROFOUND and I have grown as a person.
The yoga for surfers teacher training enabled me to reconnect with myself and surf again.
My head was spinning after the flight and hiring an RV and finding our camp site and then I was straight into class and yoga and then in the water.
I waded out at The Pier, holding a sponge board, wanting to build my confidence again and unsure of whether surfing was still 'me' any more.
What if I didn't like it? I was scared of being in the water again, it all felt unfamiliar and I felt out of my depth. The water was warm though and once I was out the back I felt the peace of being in the ocean. It took a while to calm my pounding heart, but I concentrated on my past feelings of joy and my confidence slowly came back.
I learned a lot about positivity from Peggy Hall, my yoga teacher, and through the week I practiced changing my internal dialogue to be more supportive. I didnt realise how negative some of my thought patterns had become, but now I understand how to shift my thoughts and I am translating it to all areas of my life.
The week culminated in me teaching a pre surf yoga lesson to my fellow students, a quick bodyboard at Trestles and then a graduation party.
We were then on the road again.
We travelled to see our lovely friends in Ojai, who we had swapped house with a few years earlier and made our way through the Sequoias up to Yosemite.