Act 2: Revealing the Book, asking for Criticism; I asked multiple people to read the text, look at the pictures and give me reviews. This took years of attending SCBWI conferences, Press Expos, festivals, and sharing with people who were in the publishing industry. I turned this idea of Moon Bunny into a 12 page calendar postcard set and vended to my friends and family. They got back to me years later with stories of how their grandchildren, children, and even aging parents cherished the little cards and wanted to know what Moon Bunny was up to next. This is where things get juicy. Getting feedback from people who love your work is fuel for the fire. And bookstores would buy Moon Bunny postcard packs, but more and more they wanted a book.
Act 4: Selling and Sharing; People bought my book and left awesome reviews on amazon. The ball was beginning to roll. Since I have trouble distributing the book on a mass scale, I still rely on expos, festivals street fairs and craft shows to sell. So while I'm working on becoming a bestseller for children's books ;) , for now I enjoy the faces of the people who buy my book, hearing a class of kindergartners laughing at my pictures and getting letters from little kids. It is something I get to enjoy for as long as I live. And the book is forever in my family and eternally on the web. And I'm sure I left out many other details about this process, but my main point is to give people inspiration to go for it themselves. Happy researching and follow your heart!