Once the artwork was ready, I returned to the printers for scanning and printing. The printing of 1000 copies came at a cost of £2000, a substantial investment for me at that time.
Finally, in the year 2000, The Sticky Situation was published.
I now faced the task of recouping the costs and sharing my story with as many children as possible. I decided to visit primary schools, bringing along copies of my book and recounting the story of its creation. It was during these visits that I embraced the opportunity to talk openly about my dyslexia, assuring children that it need not be a barrier to their dreams. Seeing the faces of struggling children light up as they realised that their challenges could be transformed into strengths was so rewarding.
Over time, I have managed to sell more than half of the books I printed, I’ve lost count and haven’t done a stock check. They now reside in countless homes across the UK, Australia, America, and even China. I currently find myself giving away copies, purely out of joy, now that I have covered the cost of printing. Hearing stories of children requesting The Sticky Situation to be read repeatedly brings a warm and fuzzy feeling to my heart, reaffirming the power of storytelling and its ability to bring joy to young minds.
Creating the Sticky Situation was a huge personal achievement for me, not limited to the struggle with post-natal depression. My primary school education left me feeling inadequate and unintelligent, no matter how much I tried to tell myself otherwise.
The Sticky Situation represents not only a labour of love but also a testament to the strength we possess when faced with adversity. It is a reminder that our passions and talents can guide us through the darkest of times, allowing us to create something meaningful.
So, if you find yourself in a sticky situation, remember that it might just be the beginning of an extraordinary adventure—one that has the potential to touch the lives of others and bring light to their world. Embrace your creativity, overcome your obstacles, and share your story with the world. You never know whose life you might inspire or whose heart you might touch.