I can finally share the news, a Box of Balloons Children's Book is coming this fall! Writing a book has been on my goal list for quite some time. I love diving into a good book and have been so intrigued by the writing process I thought would not only be fun but a great challenge to write a book. The more I dug into the "how to" I decided it would be the most fun to write a children's book for Box of Balloons.
I go into my kids classrooms monthly during the school year to read books and do projects so I thought how special it would be to take in a book I wrote! I participated in a couple free workshops on how to write a book, I picked out my favorite children's books from our bookshelves and began to research. What did I love about them, what kind of words did they use, how were the illustrations incorporated and so on. From there I just started writing!
Once it was written I proposed the project to Julie Wells Illustration, Box of Balloons had worked with her last year for a celebration. She loved the idea and began to illustrate the most beautiful pictures to fit my words. This past spring we completed the book, it was ready for publishing but I felt stuck. I didn't know how to publish, everyone said to self-publish and allow there are many platforms to do that it felt overwhelming. This was a project I was doing behind the scenes, in my spare-spare time so really a few minutes here and there. I had submitted my manuscript to a couple publishers but they either didn't respond or weren't accepting new work.
An acquaintance told me about Orange Hat Publishing, they are based in WI and publish children's books. So I send off my manuscript one last time and guess what...they loved it! Shannon who owns the publishing company is amazing, she is a mom herself and passionate about stories. From our first phone call I knew this would be the right partnership.
SO Box of Balloons- A Children's Book is set to be released this fall! As of now October is the goal month for release and then we will do an in person book launch at the Box of Balloons Birthday Bash beginning of November! The goal of the book is to raise awareness for Box of Balloons, a portion of proceeds will go to the organization and I can't wait to read it in my kiddos classrooms!