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Imperfect Action

Today was a massive FIRST for me and the My Color Friends Series! I dropped off 8 MCF sample books at a national NZ early childhood education company.

 I watched her face as she opened Graceful Grey, and she seemed pleasantly surprised.  She had slight smile while she was looking at the pictures, trying to quickly read the text.

Still letting it sink in.  It’s an amazing opportunity.

This past month I have been selling a NZ special edition of Graceful Grey to fundraise for a new building for our friends at the Hope and Joy Children’s Home in Nepal. We have had great responses! And we have about $500 USD to give towards their new building project! We will do another fundraiser in Oct and we hope to double our giving amount! Graceful Grey is doing her part and I am doing mine.

All printed book sales through us, the profit will go straight to the Hope and Joy Children’s Home! 

Hope and Joy Children's Home in Nepal

At our first fundraiser, a friend approached me and said she loved the idea of the books, she loved the look of the books and she asked if she could pass it along to her early childhood education boss. Her boss was open to the idea and today I briefly popped in and handed her a bundle of books. I was unprepared when she asked for a flier, but I got her email address and promised her one in the morning.

I have been learning about IMPERFECT ACTION–just do something, take action, move forward. I don’t necessarily need to wait til it’s perfect or “right”. Today was a good example, I took action. I fell my books still have a long way to go before the are ready to be marketed mainstream in NZ or anywhere! But I swallowed and called the boss once, texted twice and charged in when I got a 5 minute meeting.

When I met her, I asked what she knew about the books, and she said, “Oh that a friend had made a book with some travel pictures, is that right?”

I rambled through living in Nepal and then handed her a book. I watched her face as she opened Graceful Grey, and she seemed pleasantly surprised.  She had slight smile while she was looking at the pictures, trying to quickly read the text. Her smile encouraged me, and I continued babbling about something…I left 8 books in her hand, promised a flier tomorrow and got her business card with her email address.

She is going to offer them to her educators and put in an order.

I am blown away by this opportunity!  And I hope and pray that it can make a real difference for our friends in Nepal!  This is also a small (or maybe large!) launch of the MCF books in NZ.  Wow.

I am thankful. 


Many Thanks!

When you have a shop and some one comes in to browse and walks away with one of your books it is ‘more natural’ (if I may)…but the world wide web has blew apart the walls of that shop and anyone, anywhere–and I mean people who speak French and live in Africa–can buy my little book with one click.

It amazes me.

So thank you dear citizens of the world

for buying Graceful Grey, Asian Elephants at Work and Play.

I wish I could meet you in person, shake your hand, say thank you, smile and wave as you leave my leave my little bookstore.

I checked my book sales today and did a little playing on the web and discovered that Graceful Grey is actually on Amazon.com’s Best Seller’s List for large print! #36 to be in fact.  I will take that as another sign to keep moving forward with the My Color Friend Book Series!

Oh the internet!  Now…what to do next?



Another Great CreateSpace Children’s book!

Another Great CreateSpace Children’s book!

Zayden the Zebra Dreams Big Dreams by Kristen Demmel is another wonderful family-fun children’s book created on CreateSpace. The illustrator is friend from Australia/Canada, an artist who surprised me by illustrating a children’s book. A good surprise nonetheless and I highly recommend this book!

CreateSpace has give us 5 fantastic books in print and very helpful customer service.  For example, due to a simple mistake on my part, the wrong books were linked together on Amazon.com, and through a series of emails with Amazon, there was no resolution.  But once I contacted CreateSpace, the issue was promptly fixed and the correct print books were linked with the ebooks on Amazon.com. I was impressed with the speediness of the service!

We will continue printing books with Createspace.com! Do you have a book ready to be printed? You can get access to FREE book publishing tools, resources, and a growing online community of authors on CreateSpace.

Sign up on on of the CreateSpace links on our page!


All 5 Titles in Print!

All 5 Titles in Print!

Celebrating the sucessful completion of uploading My Friend, Mr. Brown and On Safari in Etosha National Park, Namibia!

Yes, it was in the middle of the night when I finished, but lucky for me we are a half day ahead of the USA, so I hope we are on schedule!



Books Sets for Sale!

Books Sets for Sale!

Dreams coming true! A set of three for $20 + $3 for s/h. Email: meetmycolorfriends@gmail.com for paypal/check instructions : )


White Now in Print!

White Now in Print!

Done! Whew!

Checking Proofs

I just checked the proofs (via skype) for White Went Around the World and Blue Went to Sea. They look good! Wish I could hold them in my own hands and let my kids turn the pages…but soon enough!

I need to make some minor changes, mostly regarding making pictures brighter because in the printed book, the pictures never look as bright as the kindle version. I must remember that for the next book.

Another exciting step towards having three books in print!

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