I did this thing.
It’s cool and I’m excited about it. Years ago, my twelve year old niece told my kids a story that made them laugh out loud hysterically. Everyone who heard it would beg her to repeat the story until it became a bit of a legend with the kids.
I decided it would be an amazing project to get the story published. At the time, I didn’t have an agent. I tried to go the traditional route and sent dozens and dozens of letters to agents, children’s publishers, etc, but received rejections everywhere. It just wasn’t the type of children’s book anyone envisioned to be popular or garner sales.
I decided to invest some money to pay for the book to be published. (Don’t do this, guys. It’s just a ridiculous idea when you can self publish on your own, but this was a while ago.) We got a friend to do the illustrations, the company found a cover, and we sent it out into the world.
It was a fun experience. My niece and I did some school and library signings locally. Then the book collected dust, made no sales, and we moved on.
During our isolation because of COVID, I came across this children’s book, read through it, and laughed. I reached out to my niece and we agreed we’d love to give new life to the book. I tweaked the story a bit, hired a professional illustrator, and decided to publish it on Amazon available for FREE through Kindle Unlimited.
And now, Buffy and the Carrot, has been reborn.
If any of you have kids who don’t want to read a story about learning a lesson, this is a book you want to check out. It’s silly. It’s funny. It’s nonsense. It’s pretty to look at. And I felt good working on a project that gave me pleasure.
Here are the links if you want to check it out:
And because my creative juices have been pumping, there will be 2 more children’s books releasing into the world by the end of the year. I’ve had these stories in my back pocket for years, and now that I found an illustrator I adore, I think it’s time to get them out there.
Sometimes, you just need to work on a project that brings joy – with no thought to sales, deadlines, reviews, publishers, readers, etc.
Sometimes, you just need to write a story for YOU.
I hope you enjoy Buffy and the Carrot!