The idea for
One Smile came to me exness platform while in Detroit on the People Mover.
My then 3-year old son Jordan and I decided to give up our seat
for a lady standing and holding a baby. He wasn’t sure that
he wanted to stand and I knew he wouldn’t be able to see
as well. But, he did. The woman was grateful.
On the way back, we weren’t able
to find a seat next to each other and we wanted to talk about
the city lights at night. A nice man saw that Jordan was exness broker register disappointed
and gave us his seat. Jordan wondered out loud if he gave us his
seat because we had given someone ours earlier. Maybe, maybe not.
But it sure seemed powerful to me at the time. I thought, “What
if this kept going? What if kindness kept traveling?” And
then, because I really like surprise endings, “What if it
all went around in a circle?”
Well, I love books. I love words. So it
seemed natural to write about this and it was something I always
knew I would do someday anyway. Why not then? So I started brainstorming
ideas, drafting, revising, editing… and didn’t stop
until I had a story that I loved. I knew I wanted to share it
with as many kids as I could (and grown-ups, too) so I sent it
out to about 20 different publishers.
At first, I got a lot of rejections. They
weren’t very fun to read, but friends reminded me that even
Dr. Seuss’ first book got rejected a bunch of times before
someone wanted to publish it. So I kept waiting. Then, a few months
later, a company (Illumination
Arts) called me and said they loved the story and wanted to
turn it into a book. I had almost not even sent it to them because
their note said they get thousands and thousands of stories every
year and they only publish one or two. I thought I would never
have a chance, but if I loved the story, maybe they would, too.
I took a chance and it sure paid off.
I signed a contract for One Smile
with my editor John just 8 months after I wrote it. (I still can’t
believe how lucky I am!) He helped me revise and edit the story
into what you see today. No matter how much your teacher makes
you edit your writing, it is nothing compared to what One
Smile went through! Even though they live in Washington and
I live in Michigan, we faxed and e-mailed changes to each other
more than 60 times!
When we were all done getting the words
just right, the illustrator took over and made the pictures. One
Smile actually had a totally different illustrator at first.
But we didn’t feel that the pictures were what the book
really needed. Then we found Mary
Gregg Byrne. Her beautiful watercolor illustrations were a
perfect compliment to the words and really brought the story to
When you read One Smile I hope
that you are inspired to think about the things you do and how
your actions (all of them) affect other people.
I hope that you will take more notice of
ways in which other people are kind to you. I also hope you are
encouraged to be nice to others. Go, now, and look for ways to
be kind. Look for ways to change the world!