My First Attempt at a Book: “My Blanket”

My first attempt at publishing a book will be a book titled: “My Blanket.” As the title suggests, it’s about a child and his security blanket as he grows up through the trials and tribulations of life.

It’s not an overly complex book. In fact, if it takes you longer than 10 minutes to read, then  you’re probably not doing it right. I think Microsoft Word counted that it only had about 174 words. I spread those words over 22 pages, which means, 22 different pictures that I have to draw (I just felt a bead of cold sweat drip from my forehead when I typed that).

The story focuses on a boy (because boys are easier to draw than girls, at least for me), who then becomes a man, and then an older man, as he recollects his fond memories of his childhood blanket. You may be thinking about Linus from Peanuts, but I assure you, that was not the intention of this book. Also, I try to give the blanket more “character” (if that’s possible) and it plays a key role in this person’s life as he grows up. I personally feel it’s a book with a sweet undertone, though some of my friends who have glanced through it, feel it has more of a sad tone to it. You’ll have to buy it and read it for yourself to see what you think (please buy it whenever it comes out), and I’d be glad to read some of your opinions.

And, as you can see from my previous post, the writing wasn’t the hard part, but the drawing is. I know what I’ll be doing this long weekend, working on my pictures. What will you be doing?

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So… I Can’t Draw

This isn’t really too concerning to me, because I’m sure the content of my book will far outweigh the illustrations – but I just remembered, I’m really bad at drawing.

Behold, one of my illustrations below:

Page 4

Now, you may be wondering what I am using to illustrate my children’s book. No? You weren’t wondering that? Well, I will tell you any way. I’m using MS Paint and nothing else. That’s right, my entire book will be illustrated through MS Paint. I know the image above looks terrible and you wouldn’t pay for something that looked like that, but I hope to improve my skills by the time the book is ready to publish. You may even be thinking that your child can illustrate better than me. I’m hurt by those thoughts, but hey, if they’re willing to work for free…

Also, my grade 5 teacher once bumped me from a C+ to a B- in Art class because she said she could feel the effort I put into the picture. That being said, I believe my illustration is worth at least a B-. I really put a lot of effort into it.

And you know what? I believe the effort that I am putting into this book will tie directly to its theme. I am going to try harder to get better.

It’s only a matter of time before I reach a B+.

They Always Tell me to Have a Plan

My current employer is all about planning. To them, planning is the key to success – and seeing how they’ve been around longer than Canada has, shows they have a pretty damn good track record. That being said, my boss tells me to always have a plan. I will admit, that’s something that I am rather weak at. I have a plan, in mind, but that’s just it. It’s always in my mind and never written down. I don’t think I’m the only one that has this problem, but here we go… for the world to see, my plan:

Task Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Register domain x
Research on publishing companies
Research on potential distribution
Work on book #2
Make website presentable ongoing
Make millions of dollars ongoing

So there you go – that’s my plan of attack right now.
Now, with that plan in mind, I’m sure that very last step will be no problem for me to reach. After all, it’s written in my plan and all.

That being said, you may have noticed some changes to the layout on this site, as well, I just registered AndyChiangBooks.com

Yup – I believe it’s all falling into place now. Now let’s see if I can get a book published in 4 weeks.

A new adventure, let’s see where this takes me

Where to begin?

I never enjoyed reading or writing as a child. In fact, I was once told that I would never amount to anything academically (well not in those words of course) by one of my elementary school teachers. Fast forward twenty years, and here I am. I just put the finishing touches on a book titled “My Blanket.” It’s a children’s book that children can enjoy, but at the same time, I believe adults will enjoy it too. I hope they do. It’s one of those stories that brings a smile to your face. At least it brought a smile to mine when I finally finished it.

Now, on to more important matters – when is the book coming out and how can I get it? I don’t know and I don’t know. That’s part of the adventure. As a first time author, I am going down the route of self-publishing.  Join me as I sign-up for random publishers or large conglomerate companies, to try and get distribution on my book. Will it be a digital book? Will it be a hard cover? Only one way to find out… try it myself.

More to come soon!