Book Promo – Birds of Paradise, by Pam Wight…

Thirty five years ago, I wrote a wonderful bird’s tale. About a bird who almost lost his tail.

Beta readers, university professors, parents of young children all loved my book about Bert and Bessie, two birds who needed to find each other to find themselves.

Then, “life happened.”

My second child was born soon after I created the story.

I moved from one coast to the other. But during that time, several of my former college friends read the copy and encouraged me to “get it published!”

One of my closest friends gave my story to his girlfriend, Shelley, who was a freelance artist. She fell so in love with Bert and Bessie that she brought them to pen-and-ink life in a few illustrations, sending them to me with a three-word note: “Let’s Do This!”

Life” continued to happen. I placed Shelley’s gorgeous drawings and my story in the top drawer of my bedroom dresser.

A year or so later, they found their way into a new filing cabinet in my home office.

A few years after that, I re-discovered them, fell in love with Bert and Bessie all over again, and sent my story to a few publishers. Cold calls. At that time, I had no idea the networking needed, the agents to be pursued, the difficulty in sharing a dream with readers.

More years passed.

I published two books of women’s fiction, and in doing so, learned the long and winding road to publication.

I learned one important fact: in seeking publication – in seeking any passion in our lives – use the talents of your friends. Network with those you know and love. Create Local.

And that’s how I achieved a happy ending to my Bird’s Tale.

I had not seen Shelly for many years. But circumstantially (coincidentally, serendipitously?) two years ago when I still lived in California, she and her husband (my college friend) traveled 1,000 miles from their home to San Francisco for a vacation, and e-mailed: “can we get together for lunch or dinner?”

I dusted off her illustrations and my story. Over lunch on a sunny deck overlooking the San Francisco Bay with pelicans squawking overhead, I reminded her of our original efforts. She peered at me over her Crab Melt and said just three words: “Let’s Do It.”

Every month, Shelley sent me another illustration to pair with another page in my Bird’s Tale, entitled Birds of Paradise.

A year later, I attended a mini-college get-together and reunited with a dorm friend who spent years as a graphic designer and then created her own…. ready for this? . . .publishing company – Borgo Publishing.

I just happened to have my children’s story and Shelley’s illustrations with me. Easty, the publisher, spent an hour with the material in her hotel room and then found me with a few other friends. “Let’s Do It!” she exclaimed.

With the help of my friends, my dream of publishing an illustrated children’s book came true. Birds of Paradise, published April 15, is available through Amazon or Borgo Publishing. It’s a “Local” Creation.


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75 thoughts on “Book Promo – Birds of Paradise, by Pam Wight…

    • WOW!! Birds of Paradise – international, thanks to you!! Gerlinde, I am honored and happy that my story will be read by your grand nephews. I think they’ll really love Bert and Bessie. xoxo

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  1. “Now” is always a great time to realize a goal and see it “fly.” Congratulations, Pam! (And good on you, Chris, for sharing the accomplishment this way.)

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    • Thank you Thank you, Anneli. The response to Birds of Paradise has been overwhelmingly positive with kids AND adults. One woman bought the book and ran up to me a day later and said, “Your children’s story just explained my marriage to me!” You just never know where a story may lead people….or birds. 🙂

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  2. Pam, best wishes on yours and Shelley’s book launching and signing gatherings!
    I’m so happy to read about birds of a feather getting together and sharing a collaboration in “Birds of Paradise.”
    🐦🐦 💫 🕊🕊
    I loved reading this life affirming, positive message to so many of us where timing has kept our dreams on hold. 💞 Maybe my dream of publishing a children’s book or my murder mystery one day will happen!

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  3. It looks so beautiful Pam – congratulations! Wow – some things are worth waiting for aren’t they. It’s heartening to see the result of not giving up on a dream, and indeed, the universe in fact doesn’t let us give up if there’s something it wants the world to have. All those lovely synchronicities, and I love all the heart connections too – creating locally, with and through friends, celebrating their talents as well as our own. Wonderful post! Love, Harula xxx

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  4. Pam, I love the story behind this book…that you never lost sight of it! The illustrations are exquisite and well done for taking it with you for your luncheon together and hooray to Shelley for being on board with going ahead! It would be sad to think of this beauty of a book still in a drawer. This is a wonderfully inspiring post and gives us all a kick to revisit works put aside in drawers, dust them off and see what magic we can find in them. Best of luck to you both with ‘Birds of Paradise!😀❤️

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    • Thanks for reading my story about my children’s story, Annika. Shelley and I are together at a book signing in Alabama this weekend! The publishing adventure continues after many years of ‘on hold.’ I’m glad we never gave up our dream!

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        • I hadn’t planned on it, but you’re right Annika. It is quite an experience for an author to watch readers look through her book, ask for a signature with a huge smile, and pack the book to go the reader’s home. Yep, I think I need to write about this! 🤗

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  5. You inspire me no end, Pam. I’m still in the throes of clearing out another house, but there is a blog post that is being molded into the script of a children’s book on the back burner. My husband is working on the illustrations. One day it will happen. Thanks for giving me the impetus to “Let’s do it” today. 😀

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  6. Hi Pam, Thanks for sharing this inspiring story brimming with patience and support of old friends! The excitement of such a success calls for a celebration! I am sure Bert and Bessie are smiling at your love for them. 🙂

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    • I’m actually flying off now to meet the publisher and to do a book signing at her book store! Yes and we’re going to do quite a bit of celebrating. Thank you so much for celebrating with me, Balroop. XO

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  7. Congratulations! This is such an encouraging and uplifting story. A great example of persistence, patience and never giving up.Your story was meant to be published. It just needed time to find the right home. All the best! 🙂

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  8. i’ve learned that in love, work, life in general and now even publishing—timing is everything. As an east coaster it took me several years to find publishing help for my west-coast-based memoir-bio, about finding the father who died when I was one month old “The Mysterious Builder of Seattle Landmarks,… . . .”
    Then, on a Seattle trip where we were invited to dinner, while I mingled with the other guests in the living room over cocktails, my gregarious husband wandered into the kitchen and observed the chef preparing a succulent salmon filet. “And what do you do?” he asked her.
    “i publish books, ” she said and we were off.
    It has taken 3 more years for the current preliminary version. The version 2 update should also be on Amazon in another month. Patience patience. In the meantime, since I’m hooked on Pamela Wight, I’ll read “Birds of Paradise.”

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    • “Timing is everything,” indeed Paula- also patience and talking in kitchens! Love your story of how you found your publisher. I’ve been following your story through your blog and can’t wait to see the finished product. 💚

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  9. A zillion thanks for posting my “Local” story, Chris. The funny thing is, the way we all connect with each other through our blogs, I feel like I have a lot of “locals’ on my side. And I’m on all of my blogging ‘locals’ side… from England to Ireland to Australia and South Africa and Canada and Germany and beyond my home town in New England.

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  10. Wow, Pam, talk about synchronicity! It’s amazing how everything falls into place when we hold on to a dream, even if it’s tucked away in the top drawer of the bedroom dresser. Congratulations 🙂

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    • That’s the thing, Tina. Even if getting a project completed takes years, it is still prove of synchronicity to finally reach success. Hey, without that, my story could still be hidden in that drawer. :-0

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