Sorry I haven’t touched my blog in forever. I am working on a number of big things…. hopefully. I have been very busy with my electrical apprenticeship, getting married this past June, and buying a house this past May. Along with our new little puppy, Nala, and work on the house I haven’t had much time for books but I’m budgeting my time for that now.
I am finishing Tony’s Butterflies Italian translation thanks to Daniele Ridolfi. I am getting another book ready to be on Storytime Sandi, because we love seeing our books on her awesome YouTube show. I am getting two books written and edited to send out to agents this coming January 2020, but if I get rejected on them I will be sure to
self-publish them since I already have multiple people asking where they can buy them (I had to be the bad guy telling them that it’s not even a book yet). I also have another book being illustrated by Shanilee Fields about an elephant with superpowers. Aside from all of that craziness, I’m also editing and about to start illustrating the sequel to Tony’s Butterflies.
Lots of stuff going on!!!! I promise to blog more about what’s going on so anyone who wants to can stay in the loop. I’ll also try to throw some pictures up here too because I know I always love articles with pictures.
If any of you missed it, I was currently on Fox 31 (KDVR Denver) thanks to Jeremy Hubbard. I joined their feature “Serving Those Who Serve” with Rob Bingham, the president of the Colorado Veterans Project. Without spoiling too much, feel free to watch the segment at the link below or click here.
Back at the end of May 2018, I finished the book Tony’s Butterflies. Dedicated to the late and very great Tony Sly. A singer and songwriter for the punk band No Use For A Name, I handed over the rights and profits to the Tony Sly Music Foundation for Kids…for FOREVER! Actually the rights are in Tony’s daughter’s names, but close enough.
The Tony Sly Music Foundation for Kids has announced that from today through December 31, 2018….yes, that’s the rest of 2018, will be donating the profits from Tony’s Butterflies to Guitars In The Classroom. A growing charity that is located throughout 10 states (including my home state of Colorado). Guitars In The Classroom helps get music into classrooms and instruments in children’s hands. Why wouldn’t you want to help them? Everyone listens to music! Yes, I know everyone has their own genre(s) that they like.
So why not support both charities and get something in return? A children’s book that will make adults cry and kids will ask them to read it again. How will it make you cry? Just read it and find out. Go to Amazon and search “TONY’S BUTTERFLIES” or click on the link below.
What an honor it was to work on this project. I never would have thought I’d get a shot to do something like this when I first started writing or when I contacted the Tony Sly Music Foundation For Kids.
Writing and illustrating Tony’s Butterflies was incredible. Not only did I get to create a fun book, I got to do it for one of my idols. Tony Sly was one of my two idols, up there with Dr. Seuss. I listened to Tony’s acoustic songs and to No Use For A Name (the band that Tony was the frontman of) all throughout high school. It has a tough message that I believe is more obvious for adults than kids, but it’s what we wanted to bring to the book. After speaking with Jon and Brigitte about where to go with the story, it was a joint decision to let some of Tony’s songs do the talking. Jon mentioned centering the story around “Keira” since the song was created as a lullaby. After a joint decision to let any of Tony’s songs influence the book, I began writing it. The rest I think might be kind of boring, so I’ll just leave it out and you can read the book to check out what came of all of this.
Months later and this has been one fun project that I still feel extremely honored to be a part of. So be sure to purchase your copy and check out what came of this project, but remember that all of the profits for every book will go to the Tony Sly Music Foundation For Kids so they can keep helping kids make music.
“I don’t even think a book could say enough for you.” No Use For A Name – For Fiona
Tony’s Butterflies is a new book coming out soon that is my first “Donation Book.” The rights along with any profits will belong to the Tony Sly Music Foundation For Kids.
This is an important book to me because Tony Sly has been a big influence throughout my life. Tony’s Butterflies was made in collaboration with the Tony Sly Music Foundation For Kids drawing heavy inspiration from the song “Keira” with other inspiration from “For Fiona.” Both songs written by Tony Sly, the lead singer for the band No Use For A Name. I also wrote the book while listening to the Spotify playlist “Tony’s Butterflies.”
Don’t worry, the book is on it’s way. See if you can read it without shedding a tear. It’s a great story with some heart tugging undertones. Hope you enjoy it!
An author spotlight by another awesome author, Ercia Graham. Go check it out at the link below.
Thank you so much to the great author Michelle Dennise! She did an author spotlight on me on her Facebook page. Follow the link below.
I want to start by thanking all of the new blog followers!
I wanted to post an update on books since I haven’t posted many blog posts lately.
Shanilee, the awesome-est illustrator, is illustrating a book for the Colorado Veterans Project. The rights to the book will be donated to their charity for whatever they need to continue helping veterans. She is lined up for two more books to be illustrated after her current book, if she doesn’t get sick of me by then, haha.
I, C. Fulsty, am working on writing two books and will begin illustrating one after I finish writing. One book will not be a donation book because we’d like to make some money to continue creating fun kids books, Shanilee will illustrate this book. So far, it’s looking like this book will be called the “High High Heels.” Next I will be doing a new Donation Book which we do not have a charity to donate to yet, but don’t worry, we’re working on it. If we can’t find a charity, we may turn it into a book that we will donate all or some of the profits. After those two are finished, I plan to illustrate two books. One is another Christmas book, while the other is a book I do not want to release any information yet, can’t have anyone taking my creative titles.
On May 6th from 5-8pm (MST) I will be joining Michelle Dennise for her “Cover Reveal Party.” There will be other indie authors all going promotions, giveaways and other fun activities. For example, if the Facebook page “Michelle Dennise – Cover Reveal Party” gets 200 people attending, I will dance during my segment. I will also allow everyone attending to choose the dance I do. The Macarena, the Hokey Pokey, Thriller, the Groot Dance, you choose.
So don’t miss out on any of the fun! Enjoy all the authors that will be there:
and of course me, C. Fulsty!