This isn’t a travel blog!

Shocking that my first Justin and Katie travel blog isn’t a travel related but instead…. marriage related!!!

That’s right!!!!!!!! AHHHH

Friday February 15th, 2019 we went to the Lake County Illinois court house to get our marriage license and boy oh boy was it a blast.

We started our journey at 5:00 pm. Thankfully since I have bad eyes and don’t drive Justin and I car pool everyday. I work in Lincolnshire and he works in Vernon Hills so for us it’s easy. Only 10-15 minutes away from each other!! Anyways Justin picks me up from work and we make the 20 minute drive from Lincolnshire to Waukegan.

As we’re exiting the interstate, your girl here gets a massive nose bleed! I have a pool of blood collecting in the palm of my hand, and a leaky blood faucet for a nose. Justin carefully maneuvers his long arms across my lap to get my purse and find my tissues.

I start sopping up the blood and at this point I now have dried blood all over my hands… great look going into a court house right! I try using hand sanitizer a couple times before leaving the car to go inside, but all it did was make my hands feel sticky and gross!!!

Right away we arrive and start filling out our paperwork. When we get moved to the next stage of paperwork I run to the bathroom and wash my hands thoroughly.

Overall the process for getting a marriage license in Illinois was easy. We filled out two sheets of paper, finished the second round of paperwork with someone…. then discovered something crazy.

Justin, his entire life, spelled his last name VanderMeer or Vandermeer. However, when his family came over from the dutch motherland, they spelled it Van Der Meer. BUT!!! His dad and mom decided to spell the last name Vander Meer….

Yea you see what I’m getting at! On Justin’s birth certificate it’s Vander Meer on all his personal documents it’s Vandermeer. Justin now has to decide to either change is name or get all his documents to reflect his birth certificate.

I never knew it could be that big of a deal to have your last named be considered not the right name just because of a space!!!!

Long story short, make sure you don’t mess with your name too much or you could get in trouble lol!

I’m excited to marry Justin in three weeks! It’s going to be a beautiful day and regardless of last name spellings or nose bleeds, he’s my person and I love him so much!!!!

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 – Kaitlyn Ariel Corsiglia –

My Struggle with Publishing – Part 5

Happy Monday everyone!

The good news today is that I have a production call scheduled with Elm Hill for Wednesday of this week. I am excited to get the ball rolling, however I am on the struggle bus today.

I am officially submitting my manuscript to the team at Elm Hill and as I went through the final editing with Justin yesterday, doubts just kept running through my head.

“Is this even a good book?” “What is no one reads it?” “Does any of this even make sense?” “What if parents think I’m sharing the wrong message?” “Should I go into more detail about the actual growing of the plant?”

Yea, I sound like a crazy person! But this is real and I am terrified. I have never been this close to something. It’s impossible not to freak out when you want it to be perfect.

The great thing though, is that God doesn’t promise me perfection. In fact He knows I am not perfect and with His love in my heart I can find peace knowing that this story will be perfect even if it isn’t perfect to everyone!

I am not afraid to freak out or let myself feel certain emotions… and you shouldn’t either! It’s okay to feel although you may believe it’s not.

Trust me on this one… it’s better to feel things as they come then to dig through past emotions in 20 years.

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 – Kaitlyn Ariel Corsiglia –

My Struggle with Publishing – Part 4

Gosh do contracts suck!

I have never been a big reader even before my eyes got bad. I am just hoping that my read through of the contract I am signing with Elm Hill is enough.

Do you ever think about having an actual lawyer read over documents? I used to work for a Law Firm in Birmingham, Alabama and I learned from working with them, that contracts are used to confuse people.

I’m praying to God that I’m not too naive about this whole contract process… or that I regret signing with Elm Hill!

Today, February 13th, 2019 I am submitting my official payment to them to start the publishing process. I believe by Monday I should have a call to start getting things aligned and moving forward!

It’s really crazy to think that I’m finally here. It’s been years in the making. I am baffled by the stress and the time I needed to spend just being still. For me, patience has never been easy. I am always a jump right in…. get it done now type of person!

But as you can assume, with writing and now publishing a book you do things in stages and you do them slowly!

I am still waiting for my illustrations to officially be done, but I am not waiting to start the publishing process until then.

Now all I have left to do is let these people do their jobs. My place in the process is to stand up for what I want and make my voice heard.

My next blog should be the conversation I had with Elm Hill about starting down the publishing road.

Tonight I’m going to cheers myself and note these big moments! I can’t believe this is really happening you guys.

This could be the day I look back on in 1 year and realize I made the best decision of my life.

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 – Kaitlyn Ariel Corsiglia –

My Struggle with Publishing – Part 3

So far this week I have been feeling so great! All the fear I had last week somehow melted away and has begun disappearing into a new found confidence.

Not only have I had a break through with my publishing journey, but I also have had a personal break through!!!

So for those in the publishing world or venturing into it now, you know that the options are endless and overwhelming. Ideally I wanted to be with a Christian company, so my search was narrowed a little. Second thing I was looking for was that I found a company who wasn’t going to be running me into the dirt by giving me only penny’s to the dollar.

For the sake of not bashing any companies out there, I will only bring your attention to the company I am deciding to move forward with!

Drum roll please…….

Elm Hill Publishing – a subsidiary to Harper Collins!!

Ya I know, why didn’t I pick it sooner!?

Well it’s all because I wanted to be absolutely sure that this was the company for me.

Not only do they offer a great return on investment, but they also will be giving me the Harper Collins seal on my books to make me that much more official! Yea crazy right!?

I am working with Brian Martindale who is the Director of Marketing for Elm Hill, and let me tell you that he has been nothing but helpful! He answers all my questions and goes very in depth with everything is.

Any who, this week has felt like a huge success compared to last week! SO much of this journey is ups and downs and although it gets hard sometimes, I love it!!!

In my next post I will be highlighting the contract process and how working with Elm Hill is.

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 – Kaitlyn Ariel Corsiglia –

My Logo

I have spent the past 5 days making and perfecting this logo!

I am beyond excited to showcase it to you guys and I hope you like it.

Seeing as my eyes don’t work like normal eyes do, computer work takes more time and way more energy for me. After countless hours editing and finding the perfect font, colors, and look I came up with this!

I hope you love it as much as I do!

I would love your feedback on what I should change or improve on.

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Remember always, “Your struggle is your strength”

 – Kaitlyn Ariel Corsiglia –

My Struggle with Publishing – Part 2

It is almost February as I write this (January 30th) and I am feeling very overwhelmed. 

If I am honest, I am excited and ready to tackle the publishing of my book…. is what I would say if I was always optimistic and happy, like people tend to think I am. In reality I am afraid. Navigating this on my own is terrifying. For once in my life I will have to take ownership if my book is a success or a flop.

Given that the entire process for my book has been pretty easy for me from writing to finding an illustrator and funding, I should feel confident right? Well for now I feel uncertain. Not because I don’t believe in my book, but because I have never done this before.

God gave me the courage and words for this book. I trust in God. I know this book will be great regardless of the number of people I reach.

Today I will be reaching out to more publishing companies and trying to get a very in depth understanding as to my next step. I’m confident with more prayer and some connections via LinkedIn I will get the job done!

I will keep you all posted on how this next stage goes, it feels important that I document all of this. I am going to post on YouTube everyday, as well as try to blog the deeper side of things here. I’m hopeful one day in a few months I’ll be writing a glorious blog about the steps I took to get published and in stores!

This right here! This is the first book I read and fell in love with. I have found a crazy amount of inspiration from Ree Drummond, she is one of the main reasons I started taking writing seriously.

If there is one thing I want to get accomplished this season of life… I want to get close to my favorite author, Ree Drummond. She is my idol and I would love to just pick her brain! Gary V posted a video the other day about how if there is any advice he can give, it is that you work for the person you strive to be like, for free. So here is to hoping emails, dms, and reaching out allows me to talk with her one day.

For now follow along as I panic on paper. 

If you have advice or any tips on publishing I’d love to hear about it!


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Remember always, “Your struggle is your strength”

 – Kaitlyn Ariel Corsiglia –

Relationships

In this section of my blog I will be highlighting all my relationships.

From soon to be married to mother daughter discussions!

I want to highlight all relationships that we encounter, even those with nature and with our pets!! It’s easy to just assume we aren’t in relation to anything other than people but you’d be surprised how easy it is to change that perspective.

My Struggle with Publishing – Part 1

Currently in life, I have been trying to work my way towards publishing my children’s book. I spent 2 years perfecting the story line and hoping to find funding and an illustrator. Thankfully I had someone invest into my story so I could hire Joseph Cowman to do all the art for my book.


When I started looking for an illustrator, on illustrator.com, I was looking for something very specific. Every illustrator had crazy talent and did profound, stunning artwork… but it just didn’t call out to me. I ended up seeing Joseph’s work and knew instantly that I loved it.


Now here I am, almost a year later waiting for the final proofs of my book illustrations and I have no idea how to self publish my book.


The main reason I’m struggling is because there are so many options available on the market place. I have spoken with countless companies offering me a publishing deal where I will make royalties off of my books. I have looked into selling at farmers markets or antique stores. I have researched how to get my book on bookstore shelves. I’ve even looked into self publishing through Amazon. 


Now I know what you’re probably thinking… “This can’t be that difficult”…. well that’s what I thought and now here I am trying to do it as my book is about to be finished and I am so lost. 


Does something ever get so difficult that you just want to stop? Well this is exactly the place I’m at…. however I will not give up! I may want to but I will push through it and get to other side. I guess the reason I’m so stressed about this is because I don’t want to make the wrong deal and end up having to pay for it. 


For the sake of not having a “what if” rant on my hands I will just let you imagine how you’d feel if you were trying to navigate selling your book all by yourself. Yea that’s where I’m at!


So now I have to make a decision if I plan on releasing the book by the Spring. At the end of the day what I’ve always been good at is praying to God and listening to what He guides me towards. It may sound weird to some but I have faith that it will work, because it has worked for me in the past.


All I can do is let this be in God’s hands, after all He is the reason I am writing the book anyways. It wouldn’t be very fair of me to suddenly cut Him out now. 


If you have advice or any tips on publishing I’d love to hear about it!


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Remember always, “Your struggle is your strength”

 – Kaitlyn Ariel Corsiglia –

The Sunflower Field

It was 3 years ago that I began the journey with my first children’s book. I was 21 years old and I made the decision I was going to go to Africa for a mission trip. All the money for my journey was raised and at the same time I was packing up to leave Alabama and move back to Indiana. One morning on my hour long commute to work I was praying to God and asking for a sign. Well He gave me one…. the minute I got to work I ran to my computer and started jotting down what God spoke to me. He gave me a simple message along the lines of “tend to the seeds people plant in our hearts”. Simple but overall it struck me very strongly and stayed with me through my trip to Africa. I wanted to speak to the church about it but the timing never lined up right… upon returning home I felt more lost than ever, I had things to unpack and life to figure out again.

Two months went by and I met my now fiance October of 2016. I told him of my trip to Africa and all the things I learned on that trip. During my stay in Africa I thought I had lost the letter I wrote detailing the message God gave me but upon arriving home and meeting Justin, I found the letter and gave it to him. Later that winter I found myself questioning what I was doing with my life, as an effort to spark a new inspiration Justin gave me the letter back to read again and all the sudden the idea (which I believe God gave me) to write a children’s book came to life. I started scribbling words on paper as fast as I could and the ideas flowing from my finger tips were beautiful and raw. Fast forward to August 30th, 2017, out of no where the eye disease I’ve had since I was 6 became active and changed my vision forever. This story I will detail on another day, I promise!

As I was sitting at home for 6 months trying to figure life out, I realized that I stopped pursuing my children’s book. Just like that I picked myself up and started revising and editing and proofreading to the best of my ability. I sent my book to my mom, my stepdad, my sister, and my fiance. They all read and loved the book more than I could have hoped! As time went by during my recovery process I realized I needed to find an illustrator.

I’ve been asked a lot how I found my illustrator and it was easy. I searched through hundreds of illustrators on Illustrators.com and stumbled across Joseph Cowman. I emailed him and two weeks went by… I found him on LinkedIn and sent him a message again…. no response…. a month went by and suddenly a message popped up on my screen from Joseph! He accepted my offer to illustrator my book and we set up a time to talk on the phone. We hit it off immediately and I could tell this was someone I wanted to work with. Not only that but when you are looking for an illustrator and you spend hours critiquing peoples work, you really learn quite quickly what you want for your book. Joseph wrote up his contract and began the pencil sketches for my book. He started work June 2018 and by the end of January he said he will be finished!

Now as I have about a month to go before I take full control over my books future, I am trying my hardest to find a publishing and printing company. I fully intend on self publishing my book and building a brand around my children’s book. My goal is to find my book in book stores and to do book signings or readings.

What the future holds is for God to show me because I have no idea where this will take me, but I do know that God is The Sunflower Field. He was behind every reason why I started this journey and He will receive the glory and love from this journey! God is in the book and God will always be glorified and thanked through this process!

Remember always, “Your struggle is your strength”

 – Kaitlyn Ariel Corsiglia –