Shortly after completing a graduate degree in education I was presented with an opportunity to review children’s books. I was really excited as I spend a lot of time reading to my children and have seen quite a range in books. The fun part of doing these reviews would be using my Humane Educator lens to view the book. The graduate program I completed was a partnership between Valparaiso University and the Institute for Humane Education and provided each graduate with a focus on solutionary, humane education-focused goals.
I dove in and started reading and reviewing books from all sorts of backgrounds. Along the way I touched base with a previous colleague and she shared with me that her wife had recently started writing a children’s book and would I be interested in giving it a look. Absolutely! I was thrilled and ended up scheduling a webchat with Sarah, the author, and Christie, the illustrator for what would become their 1st published book. We chatted about the book and my review services and made a deal for me to review what they had and we would regroup in a few weeks.
I immediately fell in love with this book, the characters, the illustrations. Everything from beginning to end was so kind and gentle and provided such a warm and positive message for children I wanted to show it to everyone possible. I provided my review and scheduled a follow up webchat just to close the loop with Sarah and Christie. I wasn’t sure of their plans for publishing at the beginning but by the time we were chatting about the review they had shared an interest in publishing or self-publishing and realized that could be a steep mountain to climb. I offered some suggestions, a publisher to send an application to, but that was about all I knew. In the days to come I started reading online how to publish or self-publish a children’s book. Once I navigated away from the scary tales of previous self-publishers I found some practical information which made the whole process feel manageable.
I reached back out to Sarah and Christie and we had another good chat about what’s next and I kind of pitched the idea that self-publishing can’t be that hard…. My optimism combined with their faith I could guide us through this process plus this magical children’s book equated to the creation and inspiration for 1031 Publishing Lane – a publishing company!
1031 Publishing Lane officially founded in Oct. 2019 and our first publication, The Magic of Making Friends, was officially released Feb. 2020.
Come discover the Magic of Reading.
Robin, 1031 Publishing Lane