"McKyla's Big Mad Hair Day" Available on Amazon Now!
"McKyla's Big Mad Hair Day" Available on Amazon Now!
Let me be the first to say, self publishing is hard, when it’s unfamiliar territory. There's a reason traditional publishing houses still exist. You write and they do the rest. Great! Except for that part where you have to be chosen, like a girl waiting to be asked to dance. Good and or bad writing should be the only factors involved in this "choosing". But just like any other industry, all sorts of factors muddy the water. These muddied waters lead to under represented characters that exist in our day to day lives, but seem to disappear on the cover of books or as main characters in the stories we all love.
Many self publishing/small publishing sites boast that they will lift the publishing burden off of your shoulders for a small, not so small fee. It's usually an ungodly amount of money for bare minimum quality that won't get your book noticed or purchased. The truth of the matter is, you can do most of what they're offering to do for free. But who's going to share that information when they can keep quiet and collect your money. The goal of Hickman Publishing is to clear up the misconceptions. Simply put, we're going to spill the tea!
Discovering ISBN numbers, imprints, copyrights, illustration challenges, social media tactics, content, key words, glossy versus matte, margins and so on can be so overwhelming. The discovery list could go on forever because as soon as you think you've tackled all there is on your to-do list, you find out there's another list you haven't written yet. It can be brutal. The question remains "Is it all worth it?" The answer is yes. There will always be a learning curve when tackling a new endeavor, but.... so what! Just learn it. However long it takes, however frustrating it gets, take a break, cry, breathe and simply return. The issue is immediacy. We want what we want as soon as we think it. The publishing world does not operate this way.
My goal is simply to help others along the way. Hickman Publishing will be a collective resource of articles, links and blogs that explain everything confusing about publishing for the first time. It will also be a springboard for highlighted authors to advertise and sell their new material. Everyone has a story to tell. Someone, somewhere needs to hear yours. If it affects one person, makes one person think or smile, cry or laugh, it was all worth it.
My blog will share the good, the bad and the ugly parts of getting a work published. I want an aspiring writer just like me to understand that not everyone will like or support their work. I want that writer to know that some people will be overly critical of what has been placed on their heart to write. Some won't even notice.
“Your work is not for everyone to understand and that's OK! Find your audience, speak to them, understand their critiques and thrive.”
I am currently a 35 year old stay at home mother to 3 beautiful children. After earning a bachelor's degree in Visual Communications back in 2006, I started my 12 year long career in social services and special education. Teaching was never a goal on my to-do list. Teaching special education students with behavioral challenges was even further down on that list. But in hindsight I wouldn't have it any other way. The connections and break-through's made with my students were truly priceless. It's an experience that no amount of money could purchase.
Facing a difficult pregnancy with baby number 3, a closing school, two children with seemingly endless after school activities, aging parents and a husband looking forward to a "stay at home mom" change of pace, it was time to make some big decisions. With the perfect combination of what I thought were storms in my life, I decided to step away from work and put my family and my writing in the forefront.
At my core I am an artist. My source of enlightenment, peace and resilience has always come from art. Writing songs, short stories, novels and poetry has been an outlet for me since the very beginning. Even abstract drawing does the trick when I'm either too emotional or not emotional enough to gather my words on the page. From the very beginning I’ve always loved to tell a good tale, to make someone see what they didn't see prior, to feel what they hadn’t felt before. Weaving together opposite themes that make people think is simply a bomb thing to do!
As an introverted only child who values peace, space and quiet, it can be difficult to practice your craft when the demands of work, home and family pull you in a million directions. I'm learning that you must make time, create peace where there may be none and pour back into yourself the same way you pour into others. It’s only fair.
"McKyla's Big Mad Hair Day" is only the tip of the iceberg. Be on the lookout for products and additional items that will only elevate your MBMHD experience. My first published novel as well as my son's first children's novel is still in the works! Stay tuned!
"Nobody's little Girl"
Author: Danielle Spann
"The Haunted Homework"
Author: Philip Roy
My first child was born back in 2009. What a breeze. So of course my second pregnancy would be the same...Right? Still working in social services at the time, I had a point to prove about raising my own children. Things would be perfect as long as I did everything right...Right? Chile Please!
After enduring sciatic nerve flare ups, swollen nose and feet, mysterious rashes on both arms, and finally a cesarean to top it off, my precious daughter McKyla had arrived. In that moment it was all worth it because she was here and she was gorgeous.
Fast forward, a year later and boom! We're in the hospital every few months coping with severe and recurring asthma. I can't even count how many times I questioned myself as a mother, trying to figure out what I had done wrong. Watching your child go through traumatic life saving interventions without being able to help is hard. No one prepared me. I just kept being feed that one famous line, 'She'll grow out of it". But she never did.
My support team of all stars featuring my husband, son, parents, friends, and co-workers sprang into action. They really showed up and showed out! Needless to say, we made it through. With the right combination of medications and due diligence, she began to thrive. My unrealistic vision of perfect kids, perfect pregnancies and perfect anything was gone. Thank God!
My daughter McKyla is literally the poster child for "Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice". She's the girl that speaks her mind at any cost and absolutely, wholeheartedly believes she's the boss. With her past hospital experiences, she's developed a bit of a thick skin and isn't afraid of much. Not even when mommy says, "It's time to comb your hair." The protest to this statement is why "McKyla's Big Mad Hair Day" was born.
After looking for fun books to ease the tension for my daughter and my back on wash day, I was left empty handed. It was time to create my own! Her Initials being M.A.D. only made the Ideas and the process flow that much more smoothly. Writing the rhyming tale was easy because every word was true. The rest of the process is how Hickman Publishing was born. Don't you just love how turmoil turns into a testimony?