It’s been a long hiatus. But having babies is no joke! Our second baby is now almost seven month old.
You know what else is no joke? Being a parent to two kids. I was warned, but that doesn’t mean I was prepared. Thankfully for us, we have a couple of great kids and every day I manage to get some free time. And now that our house is full and our family is complete (translation, no more kids!), I’m using that free time to get back to writing that second book I was talking about a couple of years ago. Yes, it’s been almost two years!!
Over the past few months I’ve been working with my new editor, Betty, who’s just finished polishing up our next story. The message of the story is about teamwork — working together and the power in numbers — and what better way to talk about teamwork than through the day-to-day lives of ants.
The story is now with my illustrator, Lily, who’s just kicked off her process and sent me this first sketch so we can decide on style and design for the characters. Check it out...
I can’t wait to share more with you over the next couple of months as this book comes together. I’ll need your help with some of it. For example, I don’t have a title yet, but I have some options and I’m taking suggestions. Look out for the poll/survey that I’ll send out about this in the next few weeks!
Now that things are rolling, we’re really excited over here! Hope you’re excited too.
The Kickstarter is officially successfully funded!! A huge thanks to all the backers!
This whole project has been an extremely rewarding experience!
From writing a story that I will one day read to my child and she will later read to herself, to watching pledges for funding come in every day from friends, family, people I don't even know, and from Armenians and non-Armenians alike.
The Happy Piggy Armenian book for kids Kickstarter project is 221% funded by 151 backers who collectively pledged $6,188
Thank you so much! I hope when the books are finally in hand, everyone will love it as much as I do.
With just five days to go, here are some campaign highlights and a heads-up on what the last few days of this campaign will look like.
With more than half of the campaign left to go and having already met the Kickstarter goal we had set for ourselves, we were trying to come up with some ideas to keep the momentum going. After all, it's not just about raising enough money to print the book, but also about spreading the word and growing awareness that there will soon be a kids Armenian book out there - ready and available for infant and toddler consumption.
It's 25 hours after I launched this campaign and with the help of 59 backers, the goal has been met!
Ուրախ Խոզուկը - The Happy Piggy is going to print!!!!
It goes without saying that this would not have been possible if it wasn't for the support of backers, and so many people who have spread the word, encouraging participation and generating interest. I sincerely thank you all, so much.
One week from now I’ll be launching a Kickstarter to fund the Armenian children’s book I’ve been working on for the last six months. Since July I’ve been building the Kickstarter page, preparing my video, and coming up with some fun rewards for you all to purchase while you support this initiative to provide our children with Armenian language tools that they can start using as soon as they learn how to use the power of their hands.
When I first became pregnant with my now almost 20 month old, people would ask me whether I would be teaching her the Armenian language. For me the question seemed ridiculous, because I’m fluent and simply, ‘why wouldn’t I’? Then during my pregnancy — and even now — it was a futile search to find Armenian books that compared to English kids’ books when it came to style, tone, illustration, and appropriateness for age.
So I decided to write an Armenian kids’ book myself.
Between raising an active toddler, starting my own marketing consultancy, and supporting my husband’s new business (shameless plugs for laveh.com and littlemscrate.com), I’ve been working on making my first Armenian board book a reality.