One year ago, I began a journey with my daughter, Mary Kate. We published a children’s book together. The idea for Sara Dippity began in 2006 after the passing of my father. Dad and I were quite close, and while I knew he was ill, his unexpected passing was devastating. He passed in early May, and it was up to me to notify family and friends. When I went out on my front porch to begin the many phone calls, a male cardinal joined me.
I didn’t think anything of it at first, but every time I went outside that spring and summer, a male cardinal continued to visit. Over that time, I found his presence healing and even began to look for cardinals when I ventured outside. I thought children and even adults who lost loved ones could benefit from a similar journey, so I asked MK if she would illustrate my story.
Sara Dippity tells the story of a young girl who is saddened by the loss of a loved one. She finds peace and healing from her encounters with a cardinal in her back yard. The illustrations demonstrate healing through the emergence of color as the story progresses.
We printed a limited run of hardcovers and softcovers, and we formatted both Kindle and Nook editions. Our journey began with a book release party and several book signings over the summer and fall, including one at Barnes and Noble. These road trips were among our favorites because we had the opportunity to meet people who would benefit from our story. One gentleman sticks out in my mind.
At our Barnes and Noble signing, we held a raffle for a free hard cover. A man in a wheel chair spent the majority of the signing visiting with us at our table. When we drew the winner and the gentleman saw that he had won, the look on his face showed happiness mixed with sadness. He thanked us and shared that our story meant so much because he had lost his father the week before. We found many cases just like this where we were in the right place, at the right time, with the right story to truly help others.
What have I learned this past year? My first lesson was an educational introduction to the world of indie book publishing, the ups, downs, and everything in between. I also learned that this journey with my daughter was something special that few mothers and daughters ever have the opportunity to share. Finally, I learned that while we are not famous and well paid in the world of books, we still have a story that makes a difference, and will continue to make a difference, in the lives of others.
To commemorate the one year anniversary of Sara Dippity, I am offering the Kindle and Nook editions for 99 cents through the month of May (Regular Price $2.99). During this time, I am also offering free shipping for the hard cover editions (US only, quantities limited):
Hard Cover Editions
If you know anyone who might benefit from our story, please share!
All profits from Sara Dippity are for further art training for Mary Kate. Thank you for your support!