Three Daughters Instrumental in
Book Series' Success
For Immediate Release -- Attention: Lifestyle/Book
Author suggests engaging your children in the writing process
Edmonton, AB -- Author Teresa Saari wasn't going to finish the
book she started writing two years ago. Her first release, "Imogene
of the Pacific Kingdom", sat on the shelf until her eldest
daughter, who at that time hadn't found any series that particularly
struck her fancy, encouraged stay-at-home mom Saari to write something
that would. From that point on, writing the stories became a family
Her girls, now aged 13, 10 and 8 were completely involved in the
story. Imogene's ages in the story, 5 and 10 were based on Janelle
and Adrienne's ages at the time. Rebecca modeled as Imogene for
the cover. "They were avid readers to begin with", adds
Saari. "So the whole idea of Mommy writing a book has been
exciting for them. They've helped name characters, proofread drafts,
marked spelling mistakes and encouraged me from beginning to end."
As soon as she had the first proof copy of Imogene in her hands,
Saari brought it to the regional book buyer for Cole's/Smithbooks
in the Edmonton area. They immediately ordered copies for thirteen
Libraries and schools have readily purchased multiple copies as
well. She has also been featured in a few publications such as the
Stony Plain Reporter, Hometown Living, the Lake Cowichan Gazette
Duncan News Leader. "I had no idea then that it would go this
far, but I'm thrilled that it has", adds Saari. "I've
found my passion. I've discovered what it is I'm going to do for
the rest of my life. Being a stay-at-home mom, and having made up
my mind to remain so, I knew I needed something I could call my
Saari adds however, that the hardest part about being an author
is finding a literary agent and publisher who will take her seriously.
She attribute that to a lack of publishing credits aside from this
book which she self published. "Let's face it, just about anyone
with a few hundred dollars in their pockets can get a book published,
whether it's worthy or not."
She takes rejection better now than she did to begin with. Since
she published "Imogene of the Pacific Kingdom", she's
had awesome feedback from reviewers and readers alike. That's really
confidence. So now when she receives a rejection, she continues
sending submission packages to the next prospective agent and publisher.
Book three has begun, and there's no stopping it now. It's thus
far untitled, and Saari is not ready to share what it is about.
Her girls are even sworn to secrecy. As far as the book signings
go her girls and husband often accompany her to them.
Teresa has these tips for mothers considering writing a book:
-engage your children. They can be your best fans, but also your
worst critics. Both elements are crucial. As supportive as mine
have been, they certainly don't hesitate to point out my mistakes!
-involve them in as many aspects as possible. From character naming,
to settings, welcome them to become a part of the process. Make
-involve your children's friends. Especially those who are avid
-involve your children's school. Elementary schools are especially
supportive of their locals. Having one of their parents pen a book
actually helps them to enforce their students to follow their dreams.
Autographed copies of "Imogene of The Pacific Kingdom"
are available at http://www.teresasaari.com. The books can also
be ordered from Amazon, Trafford or bookstores across Canada.
About Teresa Saari:
As a child, author Teresa Saari spent days on end reading fantasy
and fairy tale stories. The Saari family lives near Edmonton, in
Alberta, Canada. Teresa devotes a lot of her time promoting the
novel in bookstores, libraries and schools. Her free time recently
has been spent on completing book two in the series, Dager of the
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