"I could write that," thought Emily Waisanen as she read her daughter Lucy a bedtime story.
And so began Emily Waisanen's journey to write and publish a children's book. She had always wanted to accomplish this goal. It had been on her "to do" list since she was in high school. But now it has actually happened.
Waisanen's first book, "The Book Monster" is about a monster who loves to eat books. Using eating as a metaphor for reading and clever alliteration, the monster eats his way through various genres. The story of the book monster was inspired Waisanen's daughter Lucy. "When Lucy was a baby she used to chew on the edges of her board books. Almost all of our books are gnawed on or dimpled with teeth marks. We used to ask her, 'Is that a tasty book?' and the idea just came to me.
The book combines two of my favorite things: eating and reading!" Many people write stories and want to publish, but have no idea where to begin. So how did Waisanen do it? "I joined the Fond du Lac Area Writer's club because I figured it made sense to meet people with similar interests and goals."
While meeting at a writer's workshop, Waisanen heard about Orange Hat Publishing through a fellow writer. Orange Hat Publishing Company is an independent publishing house based in Wisconsin that takes open submissions online - unlike other larger publishing houses that require a literary agent or editor. Within a day of submitting her manuscript they wrote back and said they were interested and wanted to set up a phone consultation. "That was the most exciting day," says Waisanen. "It's so reassuring that someone else out there likes your work." And within months the book was created.
"Each part of the process was fun and exciting, from selecting an illustrator to editing the story and everything in-between." Waisanen hired illustrator John Konecny through Orange Hat. "His creation of the monster was critical to the overall tone of the book and I'm so pleased with his amazing illustrations! Children's books are nothing without great pictures!"
Emily is no stranger to children's literature. As a former middle school teacher, now stay-at-home mom with two young daughters, Emily has read her fair share of kid lit. "I wanted to write a book that parents would enjoy reading just as much as children would hearing. I also wanted to write a story that could grow with a child. Younger readers can appreciate the pictures while older readers can start to understand alliteration and genre."
Emily will be signing books at Book World at 85 S. Main St. in downtown Fond du Lac on Saturday, Jan. 26, from noon to 2 p.m. The book will be for sale for $8.99, plus tax. You may also "Like" Emily Waisanen Author on Facebook; or e-mail Waisanen at email@example.com for more information. "The Book Monster"is also available on Amazon.com. "It would make a great gift for children ages two to 10," adds Waisanen.
Will there be other books from Waisanen in the future? "I certainly hope so," says Emily. "I have plenty of ideas. It all depends on how well this story turns out. But it's been an incredible journey so far."
The book monster loves to eat books. Not read them - EAT them! Whether it's munching on mysteries or chomping on children's books, the book monster is always looking for a delicious read in this delightful debut by Emily Waisanen. It is sure to leave readers of all ages smiling and satisfied.
Fond du Lac Area Writers' Club info:
If you're interested in meeting other writers in the area, then considered attending the Fond du Lac Area Writers' Club meetings held the third Tuesday of the month at Moraine Park Technical College at 7 p.m. Check out website: http://fdlw.wordpress.com/ for more details.