I am so excited to chat to the inspiring Jessica Dailey. She is the self-published author of the children's book My Tiny Pet Elephant, a wife, mom of three, SA advocate, photographer and she has her own podcast. Jessica took the time out of her busy schedule to share some words of wisdom with us.
"There are people who will say things and possibly leave reviews that will most likely make you so sad it will make you want to quit... happened to me. We all make mistakes and like everything else in life, it's all an opportunity to grow and learn."
Tell us a little bit about your latest children's book?
My Tiny Pet Elephant is all about encouraging the imagination. It's about a little girl who wonders what it would be like to have her very own tiny pet elephant. In this story readers explore every day activities with the company of a tiny pet elephant. The story ends with various activities to keep children engaged, and to add interactive components to the story. My background is an occupational therapy, and when I worked in the pediatric setting, I would use books all the time during treatment. I My Tiny Pet Elephant includes a search and find activity, gross motor activity, fine motor activity, STEM activity, 10 fun elephant facts, and parent teacher prompts. The illustrations are vivid and captivating, increasing a child's engagement and curiosity. It's a very fun book!
What made you decide to go the self-publishing route vs traditional publishing?
Self- publishing just feels right. I would like to have full control over my book and future books.
What was a challenge you had to overcome during your self-publishing journey?
Oh gosh! Just 1? Haha
I guess I'd have to say staying true to my vision. It's very challenging when bringing other creatives into your project. That's why I feel so lucky to have found the perfect team of professionals to work with.
What is one thing you wish you knew before you started?
That I need to book my illustrator sooner than later because she is super talented and fills up quick.
Also, that marketing will take almost all my time up!
Is there a lesson you have learnt in your journey that you would like to share?
There are people who will say things and possibly leave reviews that will most likely make you so sad it will make you want to quit...happened to me. We all make mistakes and like everything else in life, it's all an opportunity to grow and learn. A famous publisher was quoted saying "there is no perfect page". I love this quote because it's the truth, who defines perfect after all. My lesson learned is I must stay focused on the positive and know that my purpose in this journey is giving joy, it's that simple. Don't give up on your dreams because someone thinks you should. I am thankful to the amazing community of authors I have surrounded myself with, find your people.
Who are some of the people that have helped you make your book a reality?
If it wasn't for my husband's support this would not have happened. He definitely pushed me the entire time. He's gotta be my number 1 fan! My whole family was a huge support in bringing this book to life and all my original backers too!!
My book would not be what it is without my talented illustrator, Gabby and incredible book designer Praise. My coaches Yobe & Kim Ann and my author besties!
Without the support and help of these people this book would not exist!
Where can we find out more about you and your book?
You can find me on social media @partypresspublishing and on my website www.partypresspublishing.com
What is your favorite childrenâs book?
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