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  • Krystal Wallick

So... I published a book this year

Like so many others, my life completely changed when the pandemic hit and continues to be a whirlwind. I lost my job in March 2020, 7 months pregnant. Then add in all of the trauma of that third birth. Rewind through my blog if you’re new here :) What started as journaling through all of the emotional and physical pain of that time in my life has turned into a whole new life altogether. Last year, you couldn’t convince that I would be here now. Last December I had just started the process of deciding to self- publish and building my book team. One year later, I AM A PUBLISHED AUTHOR, I have my own publishing company, 2 published titles- my original Ari the Brave and My Feelings are a Hurricane (co-authored with my 7-year-old daughter), 2 low content books, and a Spanish version of Ari the Brave. Almost 1,000 books sold within the last 5 months- it’s unbelievable!



I feel so fortunate to have so much support in my life. My family and friends really believed in this journey and pushed me to keep going through the tough moments. I also built an incredible community of other author and illustrator friends. The publishing community is so uplifting and supportive. Everybody wants to see each other succeed. It’s incredible. Thank you to everybody reading this who has taken this ride with me.



Here’s a quick snapshot of my author life this past year!


January- signed contracts with an illustrator and a book designer, met with an author coach and a marketing specialist, secured beta readers


February- had the first Ari the Brave book professionally edited, began illustrations, took professional author photos, joined Instagram


March- collaborated with Child Life Specialists across the country, got on my first podcast, began planning Kickstarter as a preorder platform


April- completed the cover for Ari the Brave, launched Kickstarter, landed some media spots announcing my book, hustled my ass off like never before


May- CRUSHED my Kickstarter goal by over 200%, started working on the accompanying Ari the Brave Teaching Guide, launched www.rainbowwingspublishing.com, Anabelle pitched her book idea to me, Anabelle signed contract with Rainbow Wings Publishing


June- Ari the Brave illustrations completed, book designer placed the text, book formatted for ebook, hardcovers, and paperbacks, final proofreading, all files sent to the printer, My Feelings Are A Hurricane edited and signed an illustrator, the real Ari the Brave turned 1


July- Ari the Brave hardcover books received and began fulfilling preorders, planned launch party, uploaded all files to Amazon


August- My Feelings Are A Hurricane illustrations completed, cover completed, book designer placed text and forma