We have a sunny day today between last week’s rain and next week’s. I woke up listening to the birds singing loudly, making up for lost time. There are nests to build! Eggs to sit upon!
Yesterday I spent the day shopping with my older d, getting ready for a school trip. Next week I will wake up to say good-bye to her in the very early morning of the day she leaves, but I’m sending A to take her to the pick up point. I don’t dare. I will bawl my eyes out. I’m tearing up just thinking of it.
Now on to the self-publishing point of the post. The other day while in the bathroom, I picked up one of the picture books left on the floor by children for toilet reading. One of them was Three Stories High: The First Big Bungalo Boys Book by John Bianchi. I laughed while reading it, admiring his verve and imagination. Bianchi’s books have always been favourites for my kids.
So I was surprised to read this at the end of the book:
Last of the Tree Ranchers was the first title published by Bungalo Books when John and a friend, author/editor Frank B. Edwards, started the company in 1986. Since then, the pair have created 21 books together. They celebrated the printing of their one-millionth copy in the spring of 1995.
This is an old-fashioned, pre-ebooks self-publishing success story. Hurray for John Bianchi who has brought pleasure and smiles to millions of readers through his talent, endeavour and optimism.