How A Mommy Friend Encouraged Me To Teach Kidlit Marketing Strategies


We’ve been back in Portland for a couple of years now. I like to say that we took a 3 year vacation from the Pacific Northwest and visited Virginia.

I was excited but apprehensive at the same time about returning. Excited because we could finally eat at some amazing restaurants. And have as many dairy-free, gluten-free, non GMO, organic, & local choices that our hearts could ever want! Yeah, I’m that crazy person.

But, I also was apprehensive because despite us living in Portland previously for 5 years, would I still have the same friendships?

Why were friendships so important to me?

You see, I had this one friend. I met her when we were stay-at-home moms with 1-2 littles. Our kids were around the same age.

We were moms who were functioning on little to no sleep. We were moms who felt alone because we had zero adult interaction. We were moms who loved our children so fiercely to leave corporate life, but at times asked WTF are we doing?

We supported one another. We encouraged each other. And that meant the world to me.

Yes, I have a loving and supportive spouse. But there’s something to be said about a friend who is there no matter what.

It’s 5 years later and we are still friends. We picked up right where we left off. It was as if no time had passed.

We are older. Our children are older. We are working again. But as entrepreneurs. And ironically, we work in the same industry.

Zoey Abbott is a talented picture book illustrator. She had her calling to kidlit a few years before me. She is that friend who supports you. Accepts you. And is there for you through it all.

Zoey is a sister from another mister who encouraged me to put myself out there. She introduced me into this kidlit community that I now call my own.

I’m honored to be teaching kidlit illustrators and authors marketing strategies that benefit their picture book business. You are so welcoming and have a thirst for learning.

And Zoey - from the bottom of my heart, thank you and I love you friend.

I’d love to hear if a dear friend ever encouraged you to start a new career?

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