Book Launch Complete

This has been a busy week! We opened the launch on the weekend, inviting people on Facebook to share about the book and why they wanted to learn Chinese. The responses were varied and excellent:

We started strong with Chinese and French but eventually just narrowed it down to French because I honestly couldn’t keep up resource wise. I’m wanting to re-start with my kids, my oldest keeps asking and this would be a great way!

-Alex S.

My kids homeschool and would love to learn Chinese!! I teach Chinese children English.

-Laura A.

I’d love to get a copy of this book. I wanna teach my baby Chinese so she could communicate with my family in China!

-Lucy M.

I want to freshen up and learn it again to be able to converse with my old friends in China!

-Kenneth B.

I would like to learn Chinese because it is such a mystery to me!

-Debbie C.

From the names of the participants, I was able to do a live drawing and book preview. Here is the video:

I wish I could have done more giveaways. It was a great experience to hear the excitement over the book. My husband keeps urging me to start on Vol. 2, because even if Vol. 1 doesn’t sell right away, it would be good to keep the series going in case it picks up quickly. I have to admit, I’ve had a mixture of elation and depression throughout this launch. There is so much potential of what this book could be, but it’s been a slow, slow start.

That’s it for now. Who knows what the future holds?


The Last Step…The Book is Almost Here!

The last couple of months have been a crazed race to finish a 3-year long effort. I’ve had talented people copy-edit the book and I’ve combed the book over and over myself. The last step was to print a proof for myself so I could see the book in person, and just before Hurricane Dorian, it came to my doorstep today! Seeing it in person was surreal. The cover was so glossy, the inside pages so rich and colorful. I can’t wait for other people to enjoy it!

This means we are just a week or two from our official release! Stay tuned! I will have a give-away to kick off the book release.



The end is in sight!

The book will have 16 chapters (12 regular chapters and 4 review chapters).

I’m currently working with an immensely talented person to provide sound recordings to accompany the chapters and help with pronunciations.

Here is a peek of one of the latest pages. I’m trying to simplify, simplify, simplify as I respond to the feedback from my two test guinea pig children. It hasn’t been easy, and sometimes my kids have flat out said, “I HATE CHINESE!” So I’ve tried my best to make things fun for them and not to overwhelming.

Hope this can be made into a book soon!

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Big Announcement

I’ve finished writing the chapters in my Chinese book, and I think I’m ready to show what the reimagined graphics and final pages will look like:





It’s a little different from the chapters I put out previous because I tried to simplify the material to make it more accessible. I also learned Adobe Illustrator, just so I can unify all the graphic styles and not run into any copyright issues by using someone else’s work.

Hopefully, I can finish all 12 chapters and 4 review chapters by the end of this year to make a 60 pg all-color Chinese book for children. What do you think? Would you use this?