Fast forward a couple years. Emmet was born and I started writing. I still had the book, and with more knowledge, start looking into publishing it again. While I research, I sent it off to MB Mulhall for her opinion. I discovered that publishers have their own in-house illustrators that they use. Bummer! I ended up setting the book aside and forgetting about it again.
It popped into my head every now and then, but I wasn't sure how to proceed. I had heard that photo books weren't the easier to format. I was having enough trouble just formatting a print book! It got set aside once more.
Now, Katy has her second child, Arik, and he's growing up fast. Soon he'll be too old for the book. I finally got off my butt found a great resource at BiblioCrunch to help me get the book done. Book Design Templates had a children's book template, and after some kinks, I got it uploaded to CreateSpace and finalized.
I gave 10 copies to Katy for Christmas. She bawled her eyes out. I might have shed a tear as well. Poor Arik panicked over Mommy crying. He's requested the book read to him multiple times. Emmet, though, isn't too impressed. I put the book on Amazon. Just for fun after asking Katy if she wanted to.
It's been a journey almost ten years in the making. Like my own stories, I'm sad it's over, but this one is proof you should never give up your dreams.