Early last fall, Sheree Nielsen, friend and author of Folly Beach Dances, called me about collaborating on a writing project. She had an idea for a picture book about a one-eyed cat named Midnight, based loosely on her own cat by the same name.
I’m a sucker for an animal story, and needed no convincing to jump into the world of children’s book writing.
Sheree and I got together over coffee, tea, and chocolate; spending hours brainstorming, creating and revising. Finally, like birthing a baby, the time came to push our little manuscript out into the world.
After studying the market and sending our story, we found an editor gracious enough to give us concrete feedback and suggestions. This meant more coffee, tea, and chocolate; and, of course, more rewriting. The story left our hands again, and several weeks ago we were thrilled when Amphorae Publishing Group, a well-respected local press, offered us a contract.
Once all the details had been ironed out and confirmed, a formal announcement came from Amphorae on September 8. The book is scheduled for release in 2017.
We are so excited to see our story, tentatively titled Midnight, the One-Eyed Cat; with its uplifting messages about friendship, courage, and self-confidence, brought to life. Thank you, Amphorae!