13 November 2012

My Book: An Unexpected Christmas

I did it.
Finally after nearly a year of tweaking and figuring out stuff, my Christmas Book is ready to sell.
(Ready for you to buy for your kids / nephews / nieces / neighbours for Christmas).

I feel like a proud mother.
This little book is the beginning of a dream coming to fruition.

It's the Christmas story but from a whole different perspective...

It all began last year when I wanted to make my kids a personal gift for Christmas. I'm not crafty, I don't crochet or quilt, but I write. And I fiddle in Photoshop. And I love Christmas.

So I sat down one afternoon to put down some ideas for a story I could turn into a book and print up for them to read on Christmas Eve...

In the back of my mind was the idea that the way Jesus came to Earth was not really what you'd expect in any way. The whole idea is so out of the box, so radical... so unexpected I thought it would make a great basis for a story. Tell it from the perspective of the Angels (who must have surely been surprised when God told them his plans?)

Central to the story is a cheeky little angel called Scragger. Originally his name was Bob but when I came up with the idea of using the multitudinous photos of my kids and turning them into angels, well, Scrag just had to be that cheeky little chap...

After I started working on the book for my kids, I began to dream about getting it published and having it ready for sale this year.

But I had no idea where to begin. Until I stumbled across Blurb.
Through them I can self-publish and make my book available as both a printed book (soft or hard cover) and eBook.
You can order the book online and have it sent to you anywhere in the world.
Now all I need to do is sell some books...

Wanna help me out with that? Check out the book and if you like what you see, please spread the word to your friends and family.

I know the printed version is not exactly cheap (sorry about that; it's how it has to be unless some giant publisher discovers me and wants to take it on and print them by the truckload nice and cheap). But the eBook version is cheap-as. (now only AUD$2.99)

to get 25% off enter code "PERSONAL" at checkout!

Here's a full preview of the book so you know what you're getting...

An Unexpected Christmas by Simone Graham | Make Your Own Book

Pssssst! And guess what else?
My little story has been made into the Christmas film which was shown at Glow this year!
(And my little angels are in the film too, but you'll have to look really hard to spot the boys).

I am so excited about all this... can you tell?

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