On writing (and finishing!) the first "Little Big Benny"

Katie Cook

As I sit here writing today, it is all becoming real to me. This book I have been working on for years is about to become reality. There have been many times when I thought I might be crazy to keep pushing on with Little Big Benny. Why couldn’t I just try writing some short poems, or attempt a picture book? But all the little characters in Little Big Benny kept calling to me. I found myself thinking about them every day, and they found ways to pop up and say “hello” at every turn. Turning my back on them just wasn’t an option.

So I kept writing, re-writing, and editing. I bugged friends and their kids to read it over and over and help me make improvements. If it weren’t for their encouragement, I might have chickened out more than once. Then I pondered just releasing one book, but these first three books felt like they needed to live together. I finally settled on releasing them as a series, and I feel really excited about this decision.

I have been working with an amazing illustrator with MikeMotz.com. They have been able to interpret my visions with expertise, and I am very grateful. I am in the final editing phase now and I am starting to look at printing options. I think the physical books will have a black and white interior but the E-reader version will be full color throughout. The day I hold that first book in my hands will be surreal. And hopefully that day will come in the next few weeks!

Nashville Lifestyles did an article on me and Little Big Benny that will be in the September issue! I will post that on the site as soon as I get my hands on it. Stay tuned for the official release date, and thank you so much for supporting my dream!

Telescope or Microscope….a giant world awaits.

Katie

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