In Which I Get a Publisher: MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing

It’s been more than a month and I still feel all kinds of humbled and vaguely surreal.

I’ve been enjoying my two children’s books already out there on Amazon, and trying to find more time to focus on the marketing thereof—if anyone tells you it’s easy to be an indie author, they’re selling something themselves!—yet I’d also sent a couple other manuscripts to agents and publishers at the same time, because you never know.

A piece of great advice I heard in the earlier part of this year was, “You have to have a tough skin and a sense of humor about this process.” These two things can be applied to just about anything, and they certainly hold true for writing when you’re doing the “Like me?” rounds with your creations.

So when the email came with the ubiquitous Re: Query [subject line], initially I thought it was another rejection. I was prepared to take it in stride, but all the same, I wasn’t going to rush to open it.

“Oh great, another returned query,” I said. (Not to myself; my husband and guinea pig were also in the room.)

But this email had an attachment.

And that attachment had this as its label: “Author Agreement.”

My brain caught up a few seconds after my eyes.

“Oh…my…goodness,” I said, possibly. I said something, at any rate. My husband looked up from his laptop. Our guinea pig looked up from his food dish. Okay, that last part I made up. Guinea pigs have priorities.

I still couldn’t quite believe the words meant what they said they meant, but I clicked nonetheless, and yes, there it was–

MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing had accepted my manuscript, “The Squeezor is Coming!

And I couldn’t be more thrilled.

What’s super-cool about this publishing house is they also care about kids and adults who have dyslexia. I talked with the founder, Tannya, about how a certain font (Dyslexie) has been shown to help people read. Just think how marvelous it is for parents with dyslexia to read books to their kids with some peace of mind.

So now I’m in the midst of a whole new, exciting process. I signed the (standard) contract, and just went through preliminary blocking out of text and illustration notes. I’m looking forward to experienced guidance. And, sometime in the near future, to see the Squeezor in print!

“Dare to dream” is MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing’s motto. I dared. You should, too.



Reflections After Day 1 of My Book Launch

As I write this, it’s still the evening of the same day I launched my book, What’s at the End of Your Nose? but I’m feeling all sorts of things that may or may not confine themselves to the appropriate adjectives or descriptors.

Exhilarated. I’m finally living my dream. I’m also trying not to waste time thinking I should have done this long ago. “Should haves” don’t do anyone any good!

Vaguely exhausted. It seemed like every hour, I’d think of something else to do for my book. Which is great! So I’m feeling kind of a combo of having really done a lot today, but I’m happy about it.

Hopeful. Of course I want people to like it, even love it. This is my creation, and it’s been a long time coming.

Wheels turning. I’ve got my next book to proof and format to Amazon’s exact specifications, now that I know more about these rather excruciating constructs. I have two more books where I’ll need an illustrator, not to mention another book I’ve got out to agents right now. . .

Plans planning. What can I do for my book next? There can be no set it and forget it. It means too much.

You know how when you’re with someone new, or you have a new job, or anything that you really enjoy comes into your sphere of existence, suddenly it all fits into your busy life? That’s how I feel right now about being an author.

It should seem impossible, but it doesn’t. Somehow, it just all makes sense.


Copyright 2016 Becky Benishek for “What’s at the End of Your Nose?”

Have some music to enjoy with your day, and please do go check out my book on Amazon. The free Kindle promotion will be ending very soon! And it did. But! The Kindle version is waiting for you all the same! And the paperback doubles as a coloring book.