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'Grandma and Me' Children's Book

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Raised by 19 people in 14 months
Hello and welcome to my book publishing excursion! 

What is your favorite children's book?  Do you still have this book tucked away?  Is it collecting dust, passed on to another generation or sitting proudly on your bookshelf?  My favorite book as a child; The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  What can I say; I know how to appreciate a good snowfall - thank you Michigan!!

Have you ever had a childhood memory that you wish you could relive?  I believe some, if not many childhood memories are meant to be cherished and remembered for a lifetime.  One of my most adored memories as a young child was observing my grandmother hand stitch, master the sewing machine and carefully embroider every color of the rainbow into a quilt.  So why not turn my childhood into a book!

Taking off as a college assignment, I never dreamed nor imagined of becoming an author, let alone a children's author!  Just shy away from a few credits, I enrolled in a 'Writing for Children' course while on my journey to complete my Bachelor's Degree at Spring Arbor University, with little to no expectations of this turning into something unimaginable. 

I thought writing this Children's Book was just an assignment; however, after completion of the course, my professor and I had many conversations on sourcing publication.  Taking her advice, I composed a letter and bounded my manuscript into envelops to be mailed out for consideration.

Like Dr. Seuss, I began to receive more letters full of regrets than acceptances but I never gave up.  Not letting the number of apologies stand in my way, I sent out my completed manuscript a third round and not only did I hear from one but five publishing companies interested in my story!

Crafty Charlotte and the Magic Room is a peek into my childhood and how my grandmother helped me discover my creativity.  It is a multi-generational story that mothers can interpret, grandmothers can read and daughters can enjoy.

Not only do I find it important to allocate the underlying relationships in a children's life but also grow a child's evolution by simply reading a book.  Growing up, weekly library trips became the highlight of my afternoon and to this day, I still read...and my library card is always on hand!

This manuscript has been in draft-mode for the past two years and it would be a dream come true to have one of my most cherished memories transformed into a children's book for the world to read.

Motivated by my college professor; this story was inspired by my grandmother, who I am lucky to still have around today.  Through losing her husband, to living on her own and to kicking cancer in the butt, she continues to amaze me…even in her 80s and it would be a dream to have her receive the first published copy of Crafty Charlotte and the Magic Room- signed edition of course!!

I would love your help, prayers and support as I take on this new adventure!  I truly am grateful for those who are cheering me on and for any amount donated.  I know my Grandmother will be beyond proud, but honored to know how much this memory means to me.

DONATIONS:

Your donation will go towards the total cost of production, illustrations and printing (and possibly re-prints) through my selected publisher, Mascot Books.  Completion will result in my printed children's book, ready for book shelves of local bookstores and online distribution.  

As a token of my appreciation, if there are any funds left over, I will be choosing a children's charity in which focuses on reading and hope to donate a number of my published, and autographed books.  I will also be donating my time to book fairs, events and scheduling local school visits to encourage young students to read for pleasure.


Thank you again,

Sincerely,
Meaghan McGill (future author!)

#grandmaandme #strivingauthor 
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As we enter Spring...Crafty Charlotte and the Magic Room is scheduled to go to print very soon!

Anticipate a 2019 release date!!
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What a day, and it isn't even over yet. I am beyond blessed by the contributions given today to help support my children's picture book. I am beginning to really believe that dreams really can come true!
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We had a great first week! My wonderful mom - Anne - brought in Grandma and Mes' first donation! Thank you Mom! If you are reading this, please share my link or donate! We can create a special memory together!
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