“I devoured this book. Each chapter is filled with encouragement and inspiration. If you’re looking for something to feed your creative soul, this is it.”
—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
It’s the end of my book launch week, and it’s been a whirlwind of activity. Launching a book in a pandemic is a totally different experience. Typically, when one of my books is released, I like to get out to bookstores and libraries to do programming and book-signings. I had a “Legacy of Creativity” workshop planned in conjunction with the release where I would give out “magic pencils” (you’ll have to read the book to know what a magic pencil is) to attendees. I purchased thousands of them on eBay in anticipation. Everything has either pivoted to online or is postponed, so I pivoted too, offering some of those pencils inside packets of notepads that will be given out in select bookstores, as prizes for drawings, and for upcoming events.
I’ve been interviewed for some blogs, enjoyed some creative reviews from launch team members, and recorded some podcasts ahead of time. I love doing podcasts and radio shows!
I did one with John Reynolds of “Art Imitates Life”
A “Faith & Grief” podcast with Shelly Craig of Faith & Grief Ministries, which was more about my Refined By Fire book, but we also talked about how creativity can be a healing tool for grievers.
I was featured as a guest on “The Culture Buzz” radio show with John Busbee
My local library in Dubuque, Iowa, also interviewed me on their podcast.
Despite pivoting my own work programs to online, this is still a learning curve for me. I did my first two Facebook Live videos in conjunction with this book, but apparently didn’t do whatever I was supposed to do to download or save them. They still exist, but only on my Facebook Pages, so I shared them on my “Called to Be Creative” Facebook page, which is less cluttered than my other pages. So if you missed the “Great Woods Unboxing” video or the Launch Day “Tour of My Creative Space” CLICK HERE to see them on my Facebook Called to Be Creative Page. While you are there, Like my Page!
I held my first ever Virtual Book Launch, in conjunction with my publisher, Familius, and the River Lights Bookstore. I had a wonderful turnout and it ended up being a great deal of fun.
This was my most fun book to write. I enjoyed interviewing creative people for the “Creative Sparks,” coming up with jumpstarts for the “Ignite” activities at the end of each chapter, and I even enjoyed all the research I did to convince the reader that they have it in them to be creative. That I could write about my mother and the creative legacy she left was just icing on the proverbial cake.
I’m thrilled to have a foreword written by Rebecca Schweiger, founder and owner of The Art Studio NY and author of Release Your Creativity.
You can purchase a copy of the book at your local bookstore or through Workman Publishing.