My journey to getting my first adult coloring book published has been very interesting! This journey started several months ago when I received a private message from a friend on Facebook telling me (in a nutshell) that I needed to start making coloring pages. I chucked and said “I don’t think so”, then quickly dismissed the thought.
Over the next several weeks, three other people sent me messages with videos telling me that I needed to make an adult coloring book.
Then once again, several days later, another Facebook friend sent me a message and another video about adult coloring books. At this point I had to pause. I couldn’t help but ask, “why are all these people sending me these videos and telling me that I need to do this”? This was now five people telling me that I needed to make coloring books. Then in my head I heard this snickering voice and the words, “how many times am I going to have to tell you to do this?” I laughed because I knew that was the voice of God and He was the one telling me to make a coloring book. At that moment I knew that I had to make a coloring book and it didn’t matter if I wanted to or not.
After I finished laughing, I called my publisher and told her that I was going to make a coloring book. Much to her delight we talked about the details and she told me what I needed to do. As soon as we hung up the phone I immediately went to work.
Within a couple of weeks I had everything ready to go. Drawing the pages for the book and putting them together went really fast and it seemed rather effortless. The editing and proofing process was by far much more lengthy and difficult.
There was one point during the proofing process that I was feeling very frustrated and discouraged and thinking, ‘why am I doing this? I didn’t want to do this in the first place’. Then, low and behold I get a private message on Facebook from another friend with a video about adult coloring books. I couldn’t help but laugh!!! Then I remembered why I was doing this and who was telling me to do it. That gave me the final push I needed to work through the difficulties and get the book finished. Within a couple of weeks the book was finished and posted on Amazon.
This has been a fabulous journey. I didn’t want to make a coloring book. I still don’t know why I was supposed to make a coloring book. When I think about it I don’t think that either one of those things are even important. I think what is important is simply the fact that I did it. Perhaps I will know the “why” some day. For now, I am pleased that I listened and I followed God’s direction.
I’m sorry that it took so many people telling me to do something, but for each of my six messengers, thank you for sending me the message. Had this not been so obvious to me by six totally different and unrelated people telling me to do this, I still would not have made the coloring book. I also want to thank my publisher Candi with Parker House Publishing for her wonderful expertise and patience in working with me through my frustrations!
I don’t have a clue what is going to happen with this book. I don’t know if even a single person will buy the book or not. The important thing is that I did what God wanted me to do. I guess time will tell me why.
The first book is finished and I am working on the second book, with a third book waiting to be started.
It has been a very interesting journey. I know that the journey has just begun and I am so excited to see where this journey takes me.
If you would like to see the book “Time Out”, click here.