Announcing: Slip

Do you remember the first thing you thought you wanted to be when you grew up? When I was four years old I decided that I wanted to be a writer. I could not yet read independently, but I so loved the books that were read to me that I wanted to write my own. I wanted to contribute to the universe of stories that enveloped me, entertained me, influenced me, and later, sustained me. I wanted to create worlds with words. And although I could not verbalize this at age four, I wanted to tap in. I wanted to be a part of the magic.

And so, at age five, I wrote my first book, illustrated it, and “published” it. I took a piece of cardboard from one of my father’s shirt packages and designed and bound my book with a cover. I even gave it a spine (although I didn’t know that’s what it was called). My accomplishment spurred me on, and I wrote more stories, “published” more books. I started a series about a mouse with a puffy hat and her animal friends. In sixth grade I wrote a novella about a mystery in my classroom. One of my friends illustrated it, my mother typed it, and my father took it to his work and had several copies printed and spiral bound. I just loved creating books. I continued to write more stories throughout high school and college, and then I had children and set my fiction writing aside. And although my boys are wonderful beings who completely enhanced my life, there was a hole where my writing had been.

So, five years ago I decided to follow the old adage “write what you know” and wrote a novel about a single parent raising two children, one with autism. It went through many drafts, was edited by a complete stranger who knew nothing about autism, or me, or being a single parent, and went through several more drafts. At no point had I attempted to solicit an agent. It’s not that I have anything against agents or the publishing industry! Definitely not. It’s just that that avenue was not this book’s destiny. This book was to be the culmination of what I dearly loved to do in childhood – write and publish my own books.

I still love to create worlds with words. And now, I’m thrilled to announce that my first novel, Slip, has been published! It’s available to order on Amazon, although they seem to be having trouble keeping it in stock (!) It’s also available directly from my publishing company: http://kovapublishing.com/books/

There’s a quote by James Allen that I read on the back of a Celestial Seasonings tea box years ago: You will always gravitate towards that which you secretly most love. And I’m happy to say that I’m still gravitating, still loving, still writing. I’m still tapping in.

28 thoughts on “Announcing: Slip

  1. Tera

    Tanya, A huge Congratulations for following through with something you dearly love, and having the actual proof in your hands. I am so very proud of you. Sincerely. This journey you are living is not easy, and yet, having that little piece of words on paper bound together in a book makes the load feel slightly lighter, I can imagine. You are a genuine role-model for all of us, and deserve this success greatly. I’ve been checking on Amazon, and will keep checking til I have Slip in my own hands. Can I get you to sign it for me? :-)

  2. Kim

    I am thrilled for you! I ordered it (from amazon) and can’t wait to read it!

    Good for you for following your dreams and picking up where you left off!

  3. Carrie

    Mine is on its way, just got the e-mail yesterday! Cannot wait to read it. Not enough has been made that your father took your book to work, had several copies made and spiral bound.

    SO happy for you! BIG congratulations!

  4. Lex Savko

    Tanya, I’m so proud of you! It’s so exciting to see YOUR BOOK on Amazon! I’ll make sure I spread the word about this.

  5. Sheri

    Tanya that is so awsome. I’m excited for you and a bit envious of someone who found their passion early in life and followed through on it. Kudos to your parents for being so encouraging!!

  6. Paulene Angela

    This is so exciting, I’m really happy for you. Great title.

    I’ll try ordering from Amazon.com and see how it goes, otherwise directly from your publishing link.

    (( )) Paulene

  7. Johanna

    Congratulations! So great news. Do you know if it will be published/sold in the UK? Otherwise I guess I just order from the US….

  8. Mary (MPJ)

    Oh, and I have to tell you, I did exactly the same thing is a kid: wrote and bound my own books. I even used to make up the name and logo of a publisher for the cover. 😉

  9. Michelle

    I did indeed order it from Amazon earlier this week. It is on backorder. I can’t wait to receive it! You continue to amaze me Tanya. I hope we get to meet some day!

  10. Jazzygal

    Well now, why does it not surprise me that you have always wanted to be a writer Tanya! Your talent in writing shines clearly through your blog.

    I must check out your book…and share this link on facebook.

    Well done you! xx Jazzy

  11. Nicki

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it! I have no credit card to use right now, but I should be getting some PayPal money very soon, and your book is the first thing I will buy!

  12. Tanya Savko Post author

    Everyone, thank you so much for your support and encouragement! I truly appreciate you.

  13. Jan

    Just wanted to let you know that I ordered my copy from Amazon a few days ago and just got an email that it’s shipping today. Can’t wait to read it!

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