I came home ready to follow that leading. I began to use watercolor to paint pretty pages for the book and pens to fill it with Zentangles. Then came the Eureka! moment: I realized I could combine my drawings of pregnant nudes and babies with the affirmations! I feel silly that it didn’t occur to me before, but it just goes to show that things happen when the time is right.
I immediately gathered all my remaining drawings and started designing the book. I took two classes in Adobe Creative Suite so I could learn InDesign so I could design the book myself. I sent the idea to two publishers, but it wasn’t accepted there, so I determined to publish it myself. It was a very exciting process to create the book out of thin air and to ultimately hold it in my hands, ready to let it go into the world on its own – it was very much like pregnancy, labor, and birth!
I was blessed to have help along the way – Thérèse Hak-Kuhn, founder and CEO of toLabor, Patience Salgado, Kindness Girl, and Nancy Giglio, my fabulous midwife, were kind enough to write blurbs for me. Tina Ennulat, a friend who was with me through all these years, edited the book and gave excellent feedback. My Adobe teacher Cindy Martin taught me the skills I needed to design the book. Noah Scalin, author of several books including Skull-A-Day, gave me design advice and straightforward critique when I needed it most. Many women offered me pictures of themselves and their babies to draw when I needed more images. The printer, Worth Higgins, located here in Richmond, VA (it was very important to me to use local resources rather than outsource it to China, despite the cost differential), was fabulous, guiding me through the process of preparing a book for print with kindness and grace. Everything aligned, and in July 7, 2015, after an exciting and not-too-tumultuous labor, Birth Affirmations was born!