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Books for Hope

Hello Wonderful People,

I am creating two books; the first is "Words to Lift the Heart," a book of encouraging quotes and sayings for hard times. 

The second book is a children's book with words of affirmation. 

My whimsical illustrations will accompany both books.

I want these books to be community projects.


This is a page to post updates on the book's progress.

Dec 20th- Books of Hope

Books are finished- Looking for a Agent

Hello, wonderful people,

The book's final formatting took longer than expected. There was so much to learn while creating my first book. I have been working on reformatting the book multiple times this fall.

Finally, it's formatted and ready to go. I'm printing a couple of hard copies for myself just so I can see what they will look like.

Next, I will continue to look for an agent. Once I find an agent, they will search for a publisher. Once the publisher has it, it could take another couple of years before it is made available to the public.

I have many more ideas, but I am going to shift my focus in 2024 to taking courses and building my skills. Then, I will continue writing and illustrating books in 2025. That is the plan at present.

June 26th- Books of Hope

Final Edits, Looking for an Agent

Hello Wonderful People, 

The two books are coming along; I am editing and formatting the art for both books, editing and refining the words, placement and fonts. 

Then I have been researching Agents- it's a bigger job than I thought. I am working on a query letter that describes me and my book to send to Agents; before I can do that, I will need to have my final manuscript complete. So there is a lot on the go, and it is coming along and getting exciting. I will be taking July off the books as I will be teaching art kids camps full-time. I will continue with the book process in August. Thank you so much for your care and support! It's been huge. This book endeavour is a way bigger project than I thought, and I am excited about the hope and joy these two books will bring to many. 

February 21- Books of Hope
Refining and Taking Shape

Hello Wonderful People, 


The books are coming along and starting to take shape. 

Doing this project together has been so beautiful and rich. I could not have imagined this much good could come out of the process.  

I am excited. 

I have met with four discussion groups in person and had hundreds of online and in-person conversations, both big and small. Some people write pages of informations, and others send a quote and words of advice. It's been rich, beautiful, and humbling, and it has been a pure honour to work with so many amazing insightful, caring people. The amount of help coming in has touched me so deeply. 


I am currently refining and sorting the information and putting it together for these two books. 

I will have another in-person refining group next week.  During the week of March 6th, I will be doing a big social media book week. During this time, I will be asking lots of questions and showing you what I have so far.

I look forward to your help. This week will be posted on Instagram(@IllustratorSaraGagnon) and Facebook (Illustrator Sara Gagnon)


I hope to have the ruff draft for both books done by the end of March. 



Jan. 25th 2023- First book- Hope in Hard Times
 Researching Personal Journys and Collecting Quotes 

I am meeting different groups and having conversations about hope in hard times.  I will take our discussions and incorporate them into the book.

Would you like to Join the discussion? I would love your insight. :)

If you are interested, you can email me, and I will send you the info:)

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