Part 1 – Zoe’s Release Date, and One Small Mistake
Zoe has a book birthday! It’s March 9th! That’s in a month and a half! Time has flown since I signed my BiblioKid contract in September. Now – my job is to learn and apply marketing skills. My first small job – to put a presale buy link on my website. Here’s the screenshot. I got the information. My web designer and friend, Lisa Amstutz added it to my site. She’s brilliant!
I have 200 copies ordered for the presale and for after March 9th. They’ll be a little more special than the later copies, a tiny bit different. Why? Because of one small mistake. Something’s missing. Can you see it?
Compare my old paperback with the new hardback. Do you see what’s missing? No? Let’s compare them. I see a title and a subtitle on LAKE FUN. ZOE doesn’t have a subtitle, but SCAVENGER HUNT FUN is definitely there. It’s not that!
There are 3 small pictures on the LAKE cover, but 1 huge illustration for ZOE so it’s not that either!
LAKE has my name as the author, but ZOE doesn’t! Bingo! That’s it! Can you believe that small detail got past me, past everyone at BiblioKid? I can’t believe it either!
Now I have 200 books coming without my name on them! Did I throw a fit? NO! It was a small mistake, and no one meant for it to happen . . . so I took a deep breath and stayed calm. I didn’t get mad. It’s not the worst thing ever . . . so I let it go!
But, Brooke at BiblioKids had a plan ready when she told me about the mistake. She designed special stickers for those first 200 books. I love it!
I think I’ll put it in the right-hand corner. If you’d like one of these special books with an autograph, click on this link, and reserve your copy! I love when a mistake becomes something new and interesting. Link: Zoe's Scavenger Hunt Fun - Rinda Beach
Part 2 – Packages That Arrive in the Mail
There’s nothing better than finding a package in your mailbox, especially when you’ve been waiting and watching for it every day! Brooke at BiblioKid put my book in the mail, and it finally arrived! I made sure I was careful with those scissors . . . It’d be terrible to damage my brand-new book!
Inside . . . a yellow card . . . and my book! Can you see it through the protective wrap? It’s exciting to hold a brand-new book. It’s like holding a new baby. I worked on the words and pictures for 3 months to get it just right for you, and for me too. Best of all I didn’t have to birth this baby by myself. Self-publishing is hard work. Brooke and her team of professionals at BiblioKid made it easier. Fun too!
And here it is . . . in my hands . . . the real book. It makes me happy to see my words and illustrations updated from LAKE FUN. It’s exciting to see the new ideas from BiblioKid come alive on the page! There’s something about the real book in my hands that’s richer than the original computer artwork it came from.
Part 3 – Peek Inside My Personal Copy of Zoe’s Scavenger Hunt Fun
I believe mistakes can be turned into something good. So I opened the front cover and wrote this note inside . . .
My name may not be on the cover, but it’s still here. Tiny mistakes like this one are the things that something unique & valuable. Here’s to the unique! Rinda Beach 1-20-21
OOPS! Author lesson #1 – Proofread! I forgot. Again! I should have written. . . things that MAKE something unique and valuable. Don’t worry! I fixed it, in another color. Now I wonder – will it make my book even more unique and valuable?
Remember that yellow envelope from the box? It had a card inside. I hate to throw memories away.
Ask my family! So I taped the card into the back of the book. Now I’ll always have the card, and the memory. PS – the envelope went into the recycling.
My card was from Brooke, my editor and publisher at BiblioKid. She wrote . . .
Congrats on your almost book launch, Rinda! Thank you for entrusting us at BiblioKid Publishing to help you make your dream a reality. Just a few more weeks before Zoe’s out in the world. Can’t wait to celebrate! 😊 Enjoy reading the first copy.
This note says something wonderful about Brooke. It’s why I feel blessed to work with the BiblioKid family.
Stay posted! I’ll have more to tell you as Zoe’s book birthday gets closer.
PS – My daughter reminded me about March 9th. I forgot – it’s her birthday too. OOPS again! Two mistakes in one post. YIKES!
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!