Book Update #29: Available at Walmart (Online Only)

Published June 6, 2023 309 Views

“I Am… Self- Discovery” is available at Walmart (Online Only)!    Thank you all for your continued support!! 🤍   If you wouldn’t mind leaving a review on the Walmart website, that would be amazing!    Check out my website, Amazon, Target, Barnes and Nobles, Mascot Books or the Roche...

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Book Update #28: Available at Barnes & Noble

Published May 30, 2023 303 Views

"I Am... Self- Discovery" is available at Barnes & Noble!    Online only, unless you order it to pickup at your local Barnes & Noble store.    So excited!!   If you wouldn't mind leaving a review on the Barnes & Noble website, that would be amazing!   Check out my website, Am...

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Book Update #27: Available at Target (Online Only)

Published May 24, 2023 332 Views

“I Am… Self- Discovery” is available at Target (Online Only)!   Wow, this was a surprise to me and I cannot believe that my book is being sold at Target.   If you wouldn’t mind leaving a review on the Target website, that would be amazing!   Check out my website, Amazon, Target, Ba...

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Book Update #26: Available on Amazon

Published May 16, 2023 183 Views

“I Am… Self- Discovery” is available on Amazon!   If anyone would be willing to leave a review on Amazon, it would mean the world to me.   Thank you all for your continued support, I truly appreciate it!   Review Here                                                          ...

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Book Update #25: Release Day!

Published May 2, 2023 189 Views

TODAY IS THE DAY… It’s release day of "I Am… Self- Discovery!"   A year ago, I was finishing up details for the final manuscript and reaching out to publishers. Today, I am holding a piece of my heart, and realizing my dream came to life.   I cannot thank everyone enough who have preo...

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Book Update #24: NEW LOCATION (Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport)

Published April 29, 2023 175 Views

"I Am… Self- Discovery" is in Taste of Rochester at the Rochester, NY airport! Stop in to get a book and a slice of Salvatore’s pizza.   Thank you, Soccer Sam!                                                                       

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Book Update #23: Book Launch Party

Published April 22, 2023 172 Views

Today was such a special day, thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate my 1st children’s book!!   Thank you to my parents for putting the best book launch party together!                                                     

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Book Update #22: Books Shipped Out

Published April 12, 2023 171 Views

Another 50 books out for delivery today!!   Fun Fact: My books have now been shipped to 28 different states! My goal is to get them to all 50.                                                                         

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Book Update #21: THANK YOU!

Published April 11, 2023 160 Views

I cannot thank everyone enough who has ordered their copy of “I Am… Self- Discovery” and has shared kind words with me about the book!   I am forever grateful!   I love getting to see pictures of kids reading and enjoying the story. It is so surreal to see my book in your hands.  ...

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Book Update #20: First Sale

Published April 4, 2023 179 Views

My first book sale went to my parents, and I could not be more grateful for their love and support throughout this entire process.   Thank you to my parents for believing in me, reading the manuscript repeatedly, listening to all my concerns, and guiding me in the right direction. Love you bot...

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Book Update #19: Books Shipped

Published April 3, 2023 172 Views

Look what has made its way to the Post Office this morning!! All the pre-orders that were placed up until yesterday have been shipped.   For those of you that receive your books in the near future, please tag or send me pictures of your kids, grandchildren, classroom, or whoever else is readin...

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International Children's Book Day

Published April 2, 2023 161 Views

Happy #internationalchildrensbookday everyone! I am so grateful to be celebrating today with my 1st children’s book.   Pre-orders will be shipping out this week! If you have not pre-ordered your copy yet, please do.                                                                      ...

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Book Update #18: Books have arrived to the U.S.

Published March 30, 2023 208 Views

Big news… the books have officially arrived to the U.S. and I couldn’t be more excited!    I am so happy to say that I received the books in the mail yesterday! They are one step closer to being in your hands.    If you have pre-ordered your copy, THANK YOU!! If you haven’t there’s still...

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Book Update #17: Website and Pre-Order your copy of I Am... Self- Discovery TODAY!!

Published March 15, 2023 280 Views

Exciting things are happening, it’s a VERY BIG day!! You can officially pre-order your copy of I Am… Self-Discovery. I could not be more excited and happy to be able to share my first children’s book with the world. My website is complete and looks amazing, thanks to a great group of people....

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Book Update #16: Instagram

Published February 17, 2023 327 Views

I started an Instagram for I Am… Self-Discovery (@read_i_am). Please give the page a follow to stay up to date on the release of the book. Share with your friends, family and any book lovers you may know who might be interested. The website is almost complete, I can’t wait to be able to share tha...

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Book Update #15: Website and Pre-Order

Published January 31, 2023 234 Views

I’m getting very excited… I have a brand new website that is being designed right now to let you know all the newest updates about I Am… Self- Discovery. The website looks incredible and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. Pre-order is beginning soon so please keep an eye out for updates...

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Book Update #14: Printing

Published January 10, 2023 231 Views

I’ve officially heard an update on the estimated turnaround time from the production editor. I have 4 weeks of printing left and approximately 6 weeks for shipping. In the coming weeks I will be working with one last person from a great team of people, the retail and distribution manager. Looking...

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Book Update #13: Printing

Published December 18, 2022 228 Views

The final edits have officially been made and the last reviews from the production editors are in. The final files were sent and bulk production begins printing very soon. I don’t have a specific timeline as of now but should be hearing about an update shortly. So excited to be able to share t...

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Book Update #12: Sample Book Arrived

Published November 22, 2022 242 Views

If you would have told the little girl that walked into the library every Wednesday night with her grandparents and sister looking around for a new book to read, that today she held her first children’s book in her hand, she would have never believed you. I can’t even put into words how proud I a...

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Book Update #11: Book Description

Published November 9, 2022 236 Views

I’m excited to share a description of my book, here’s a glimpse of what I Am… Self- Discovery is all about! I’m so proud of this book and can’t wait to hold the first copy in my hand. The sample book should be arriving soon. Thank you all for your continued support!!                        ...

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Book Update #10: Headed to the Printer & Front Cover Reveal

Published November 1, 2022 240 Views

I Am… Self- Discovery is officially headed to the printer!! I’m so excited to finally share the title and front cover of the book with you all. After the files are uploaded to the printer, the proofs will be sent to the publisher which takes about two to three weeks. This printer actually provide...

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Book Update #9: Completing the PDF Stage

Published October 25, 2022 189 Views

I’m officially in the last stage of this process before my book heads to the printer! I received my first PDF layout, which was a work in progress. This lays out the cover, illustrations and text so I can see what the book will look like. The things that I needed to pay attention to for edits in...

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Book Update #8: Character Inspiration

Published October 11, 2022 191 Views

This book update is a little different as I would like to thank someone who inspired one of the characters in my book. Mrs. Sicinski was my third and fifth grade teacher and will always hold a special place in my heart. Thanks to Mrs. Sicinski, Mrs. S. was born and became a character in my boo...

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Book Update #7: PDF Stage

Published October 4, 2022 246 Views

Not a huge update as I am waiting for the ending phase. Since my color illustrations are officially complete, I’m moving on to the PDF stage. My project will be put on a digital whiteboard so it becomes assigned to one of the designers with the publishing company. Their job is to lay out the book...

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Book Update #6: Color Illustrations

Published September 27, 2022 202 Views

I’ve officially received my entire book in color!! The illustrations are AMAZING! Francesca is extremely talented. After receiving all of the illustrations I was able to have three rounds of revisions. An unlimited number of revisions in each round. It’s everything I could have imagined and mo...

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Book Update #5: Illustration/ Color Sketches

Published September 20, 2022 188 Views

Things are moving along with the illustrations. After I received the black and white sketches, I needed to decide the color direction I was looking for. I had to determine the color style that I wanted to be displayed in the spreads. I could indicate as many or as little details on the colors as...

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Book Update #4: Illustration

Published September 6, 2022 191 Views

I loved seeing everyone’s thoughts on the test sketches last week. I’m so glad some of you loved the one that I chose! (Pictured below) After choosing my favorite test sketch, Francesca officially became my illustrator. She signed her contract and went on her way starting the black and white sket...

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Book Update #3: Illustration

Published August 30, 2022 189 Views

❗️I need your help❗️ Hi everyone! This is by the far the most exciting step in this process as I feel like the book is finally coming to life. Choosing my illustrator! Mascot Books has over 300 illustrators that they work with. One of the great parts about working with Mascot Books is that I...

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Book Update #2: Editing

Published August 23, 2022 192 Views

Hi everyone! My next update is all about the editorial phase and this was a huge learning experience for me. The editing process from start to finish was a total of seven days for me. This varies for everyone as it depends on how fast communication is between you and your editor. My production edi...

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Book Update #1: Introduction

Published August 16, 2022 187 Views

Hi everyone! I’m excited to share with you about my journey signing with a publishing company. Here’s my first update of the beginning steps that I experienced after signing my contract. I was introduced to my production editor, VP of production, and the bookkeeping department. All amazing people t...

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In honor of National Book Lovers Day, I’m excited to share…

Published August 9, 2022 249 Views

🌟 I wrote my 1st Children’s Book!! 🌟 I signed a contract with Mascot Books in June and have been busy ever since learning about the beginning stages of the editing and illustration process. Writing a book has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl and I couldn’t be prouder to share m...

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