The other week, in the MMB Holiday Gift Guide, I shared a bit of news…that I had written a children’s book. Well, the book is printed, and is available for purchase! The book “Hello, WebstUR!” allows readers to follow WebstUR, the University of Richmond’s mascot, on his walk through the University’s Campus. He visits with students and sees many landmarks before ending at the Robins Center to cheer on the Richmond Spiders Basketball team for their first game of the season. I am truly thrilled about this book, because even though I am quite a drive from UR, my children have the opportunity to learn about the school, and read about a place that positively influenced my life.
This is all so overwhelming, as this is truly a dream come true for me. Ever since I was a little girl, I have written “books.” When my parents moved last year, they passed on several boxes of my childhood treasures to me. Within those boxes, were some old-school marble notebooks which were filled with stories that I had written. Some were fanciful stories (“The girl who had every American Girl” or one about when the chinchilla from the zoo was found in my coat pocket), some may have been a little closer to home (“The girl who always talked in class”). I have always wanted to write and share stories.
So how did my dream turn into a reality??? This past year, I connected with Mascot Books, and we thought they would be a great partner for doing a giveaway on the blog. I had some great communications with them, and not only did I love their products, but I found them to be a great company. I loved that they introduced children to the mascots of colleges and professional sports teams, but I also found their entire collection of books to be incredibly unique. I was speaking with one of their employees as we were working out the details…and he said, “you know, the University of Richmond does not have a book. What do you think?” Hmm…what did I think??? I was nervous about doing a project this big on top of everything else in my life – what if I wrote the book and it was a flop? What would Richmond think about it? Before signing a contract with Mascot Books, I spoke to the University and was incredibly pleased to hear their excitement about the book as well.
I was off on the path of writing the story, working together with the illustrator, and seeking the University’s feedback throughout the process. We received final sign off on “Hello, WebstUR!”, and it was off to the printer…wow! I am excited about the finished product…I have been reading the book with my kids over the last couple weeks, and they are big fans (they especially love the picture of themselves in the book!). I was thrilled this past weekend to share it with friends (well, my husband read the book because I was too embarrassed!)…and our friend’s 6-year-old son kept asking to read it again and again. I mean, maybe he knew that I was also in charge of dishing out desserts, but either way, it was exciting!
If you would like to purchase “Hello, WebstUR!”, please feel free to buy it from Mascot Books or shoot me an email at email@example.com. It will be available at Amazon and other retailers later this month (don’t worry, I will let you know!). I would truly appreciate it if you would share this book with any University of Richmond graduates that you know!
If you are interested in learning more about writing with Mascot Books, please contact them, and send your own book idea. I can honestly tell you that their staff is amazing at guiding and advising new writers, and makes the process as possible.
Disclaimer: I received a discounted price to self-publish “Hello, WebstUR!” with Mascot Books in exchange for a review of their process. All views and information shared above is my honest feedback on the process.