Hi, I'm Jane Heinrichs, and I've been a part of WEST since its beginning. I'm a children's book writer and illustrator (as well as an artist) and my book "Magic at the Museum recently made it to the #2 spot on the Winnipeg Bestseller list for the week of 6 Sept 2009. It even muscled its way past Sendak's classic "Where the Wild Things Are" and the Twilight series. :-)
Make sure you buy your copy of the Winnipeg Free Press on Sunday where the list will be published for all to see!
I want to send out a heartfelt thank-you to everyone who bought my book. This kind of affirmation means the world to me.
"Magic at the Museum" had a slow start. I had the option of publishing it with a well-known publishing company, but opted to print it myself to keep my creative integrity. (the big company wanted to make changes to the book that I wasn't comfortable with) I printed it in Manitoba exactly a year ago, and it has had a slow rise in popularity since then. I have worked very hard to promote the book in shops, schools, and everywhere I go. One thing I've learned is that it isn't hard to sell a product if it is something you believe in. And, if it is excellent quality, it ends up selling itself!
This is just confirmation that if you work really hard at something you believe in, success is sure to follow!