- Questions frequently asked by our fans:
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I wanted to be a lot of things growing up. A writer was one of many professions I considered. I doubted myself though and kept that dream to myself.
When did you first start writing?
Very early in life actually. Every Friday my Mom would drop us off at my Grandparent’s home so she could go grocery shopping. My Grandma Terry encouraged us to use our imagination and do all sorts of crafts. I remember making books and creating plays that we would read or perform when Mom got back from the store.
Why did you choose to illustrate your books yourself?
It’s quite expensive to hire an illustrator unless you know someone and they are willing to cut you a break. Being that it was going to cost a couple thousand dollars we didn’t have I decided to attempt it myself.
Were you nervous about illustrating your own books?
Yes, I’ve never taken any art classes and didn’t pursue it because someone close to me told me more than once that my art was (insert inappropriate word here).
Thankfully my husband, as well as, my siblings and one of my cousins encouraged me to ignore that person and go for it. Do I think the books would sell better had I used a professional illustrator? You bet. However, it is fun to say, “I created every piece of this” with the exception of the font of course. That fun little font is my cousin’s handwriting.
Why did you choose to self-publish instead of going through a traditional publisher?
I chose to self-publish because with a traditional published they could make Rune look however they wanted. Instead of being an Aussie/Collie they could have made her a Labrador. I wanted Rune to look as much like the real life Rune as possible, but still slightly different in her own way too.
How did you feel when you published your first book?
Honestly, I was excited, but also terrified. I’ve always been self-conscious of anything I’ve done. A few days after publishing the first book though I received a phone call from my Grandma Viv. She told me how proud she was of me, how much she enjoyed the fact the book was interactive, that she was thrilled to see something written to encourage children to read, and how much she loved the book itself. That phone call meant everything to me and made me stop second guessing myself. I didn’t know it then, but that was the last time I’d ever hear her voice. She passed away a few days later. The Mysterious Case of Colby Rat will always be special to me because of her.
What’s one thing you find challenging about the Self-Publishing process?
There are two things actually.
The first one is trying to build a fan base. That is really hard to do alone. I feel like I’m constantly pestering my friends and family to share about the books and share my posts to get the word out. Word of mouth is so powerful and unfortunately many don’t understand that. Most Authors success comes from their support group. Our fan base is growing at a sloth speed, but I’m hopeful it will one day pick up.
The second thing is marketing. Marketing is extremely tough. Not only do you need to know your target audience, but you need to have the funds or the media connections to do so. You have to really put yourself out there. I have done a few ads here and there. I’ve also done a few book signings. I’m hoping to get into a few local vendor events and school book fairs too.
Is there anything in the Rune Myth pipeline you are excited for?
Yes, I’m working with a toy company to create Rune plushies. I knew my books would never be best sellers, but I also wanted to have Rune’s stories in as many kid’s hands as possible. I think the plushies will not only be cute, but they will also make kids want to know more about her.
Do you plan to make more Rune Myth books in the future?
Absolutely! It might be a while before I’m able too. With the baby on the way I know it’ll be a challenge to sit down to write and illustrate for a while, but yes, many more adventures with Rune will happen.
How does Rune feel about being the star of her own books?
Rune is a social butterfly. She thrives off of the attention although in the photos she never looks happy. That’s purely because she’d rather be visiting with her fans than sitting still for a photo. There is actually an inside joke about her being “joyless.” We even have “Team Joyless” shirts for when Rune and I go to competitions.
- Book Signing #2
We had such a wonderful time at our second book signing for the release of our interactive book Rune Myth’s Adventures: A Tale of a Tail. The event was hosted by The Donut Patch in Oviedo, Florida. If you’ve never been they have the most delicious smelling donuts and all the humans said they taste amazing too.
The event was 2 hours, Mom signed lots of books and used my paw print stamp to pawdigraph the books for me. The paw print stamp was nice because I had a spa day next door at As the Tail Wags Grooming and it saved me from getting my freshly cleaned paws covered in ink. I had to look pretty for all my fans.
We saw so many familiar faces while we were there. I took photos with some of them wearing unicorn horns because we are all just as special and unique as unicorns!
Mom created a coloring sheet of me called, “Cloudy with a Chance of Sprinkles.” We had everyone submit their finished coloring sheets into a random drawing and one lucky winner received a signed/pawdigraphed copy of my new Pirate Alphabet book! Congratulations again to Penny!
We are looking forward to doing another event in the future. It probably won’t be for a little while though because Mom is pregnant with my human baby brother. He is due in November.
Another tidbit of exciting news, Runicorn plushies are in the works! I’ll share more on that in another post soon!
Bark at ya later,
- It’s been a while…
Yikes! We have fallen really behind in our book pupdates! I will make some post over the next few days to catch you all up.
When last we met, Rune Myth’s Adventures: The Mysterious Case of Colby Rat had just been released. Mom and I did a book signing during a Christmas event back in December of 2020.
We met lots of new friends and 20+ books went home with them! It’s so exciting knowing that I’m part of so many lives. I just love kids and you can tell by how my entire body shakes, my nubby tail goes out of control and I can’t help but give them all the kisses. Being the star of my own Children’s Books is the perfect job for me!
Mom and I have been very busy with dog sports, photo shoots, training classes and even a NEW book! Oh, and I’m also going to be a big sister!! My parents are having their first child. I’ll write more about all these fun adventures in another blog soon.
Bark at ya later,
- First Adventure Book
What an exciting week this has been. My book, Rune Myth’s Adventures: The Mysterious Case of Colby Rat was published on Amazon. My owner is officially a Self-Published Author and I have my very own story with many more to come! Our official copy arrived in the mail on Friday.
Did you get your book yet? We could use your help in getting the word out about it. You can help us by sharing the link to purchase the book on your facebook, share a photo or video of your little one with the book, or head over to Amazon and leave an honest review about the book.
We are working on setting up our first book signing. Be on the look out for more details on when and where that will be happening. You have the opportunity to meet me and get my pawtograph in your book, you can get my owner’s autograph too.
The other exciting thing that happened this week… If you didn’t already know, I compete in Barn Hunt. It’s a dog sport where I search for real life rats. In early October, I earned my Novice title. The certificate arrived this week and my owner is so proud of me. I’m signed up for another competition in late December. I cannot wait!
Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. I’d love to hear from you on there. You can ask me questions, suggest adventure topics for my next story, find out what my favorite treat is, or even just say hello.
Bark to you later,
Hi, my name is Rune Myth. I’m an Australian Shepherd and Smooth Coat Collie Mix. I will be keeping you updated on all things related to Rune Myth’s Adventures.
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