One year ago today as I launched this blog I wrote these words in this post encouraging you and me both to set half year goals.
So, this year, my June goal is to show up for you and write one post every Tuesday and send out one newsletter per month. I’ll also share three instagram posts each week…that tie back in with the weekly blog topic. I hope you’ll engage and interact with me there so we can build a little community of encouragement over this next year.
June 1, 2020
Today in God’s Providence, I walked into our local library for the first time as a two time published author to read a the first indoor Storytime since the pandemic began.
I signed books and met sweet families. My kids, who once upon a time never missed a library Story-time, got to help me get set up at the event.
Today as I type there have been 95 posts written, monthly newsletters sent, 2 children’s books launched, and one devotional on the gospel of John on its way to to being completed.
That’s the power of a goal with faith in God backing it up. I honestly didn’t think I’d stick with one post per week yet God had bigger plans than that and gave me the creative energy to see these projects through.
I’d say once again, if you told me a year ago I’d be sitting here today writing this to you, I’d sheepishly grin, bow my head in embarrassment and giggle “yeah right!”
My goal setting process worked. God has been answering my prayers left and right. There has been so much joy in this journey!
What are you dreaming of today? Re-read my post from last year. Make some notes. Pray about it and get to work. I believe in you!
Fifty-one books will be delivered to classrooms and libraries in Tipton County when “Goodnight Covington” is released in May thanks to blog readers like you! I have loved working with my community to make good news!
I’m super excited about that and about releasing the book!
Why It Matters That You Pre-Order
Today’s the last day to preorder my new book. Thanks to all of you who preordered. It helps me to determine how much inventory to order to ensure there will be enough books available on release days in our local bookstore and my site. I’m trying to keep this one sold exclusively local to help our local retailers. Order Here.
I’ve learned so much this year as I’ve donned the hats of author, illustrator, graphic designer, agent, publisher, marketing guru, and book distributor.
It takes a lot to self publish, but it’s been something fun and happy to focus on.
Thank you again, to all of you who have ordered so far. If you’d like to join the crowd and ensure that your book is ready to ship on release day, order today. Love ya! 💛🌛🌟
There are 18 scenes from Covington in the book. Can you guess which ones? Name your favorite place or landmark in Covington and share a memory in the comments. ⬇️
I’ll start with the Ruffin. I remember seeing “Peter Pan” at the Ruffin when I was a little girl and being amazed!
The building was so charming and I would be mesmerized by the shapes and lights on the walls before the show started. It was fun to see my friends from school at the play and wave to them from across the aisle. Sweet memories. 💜 You share yours. Preorder here before 3/30 to ensure you get a signed copy on release day.
You have blown me away with the “Goodnight Covington” books donated so far:
-1 to the libraries of CIAA, Crestview, TCA, Austin Peay
-1 to each K teacher at CIAA, TCA, Crestview, and Austin Peay
-1 to each Pre-K teacher at Crestview, CIAA, TCA, and Austin Peayto each Headstart teacher
1- to each Headstart teacher
-1 to CHS CDC
-1 to Munford Elementary
If you want to help me continue to donate books to local schools, you can find out more here. Our next goal is to supply individual students with books to take home through AR store or rewards programs.
My goal in writing “Goodnight Covington” was to bring the essence of Covington to the pages of a book that children and parents would be inspired to read. It’s the only book available about Covington for kids. If you love Covington, too, I’d love it if you’d help me get the word out about the book. You can purchase the book locally at Something Special, Persnickety, and Liberty Vintage Marketplace or order a signed copy here.
What people are saying about “Goodnight Covington.”
Whether you have small kids or not, if you love Covington, you’ve got to get this sweet book! Emily Cook, you’ve done an amazing job! Congratulations!
The copies I bought have been shared and the faces of delight when they received this precious book are a cherished memory for me. Thank you for following your heart
More books by Emily…
What people are saying about “Eclectic Emily”
I bought this book for my friend’s daughter for her birthday! I loved looking through it before I gave it to her. It is beautifully illustrated and has such a positive, encouraging message about embracing and cultivating your uniqueness and creativity. I was thrilled to see paper dolls and a glossary included, what a fun and also important gift!
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