Most of you don't know ... but a few years ago I wrote a series of kids books about Foster care. Two are completely finished, one is about to be. Never really did anything about them.
The other day, Zoe was looking at one and asked if I could write a book about her. She thought it would be a nice way to share with her teacher and classmates about cleft lip and palate.
Why not? What a great idea.
Anyway, I'm not an artist so I decided to just use her photographs. It would be almost like a photo album but include the words to explain about cleft issues such as tubes, surgeries, speech, etc. Besides, I think the pictures have a realism about them that artwork just can't convey. And as I got to showing it to a couple of people, they thought it might be nice for other families too. I don't know.
So I started to research and found VERY few cleft resources. The few that come up to the top of the search are fine. We've read them. They were just not what we were looking for. So maybe there is a small market for this afterall. So I'm considering it. I'm looking into printing costs versus the ebook option, etc.
If any of you are interested in looking at the very rough draft, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'd be happy to send it to you. There are several pictures missing at this stage but you can get the idea.
Right now I have her copy ready ... it includes about 4 extra pages which include info about her syndrome that she has in addition to the cleft issues so it's highly personalized but I've left those pages out for a general cleft book.
If this idea works ... I have already started on a book for Manny about tube feeding, wheelchair, muscular dystrophy.
So that's what we've been up to lately.