One of my favorite marathon swims in the world occurred off the Coast of California. I have written a children's book on this heartwarming true story. It is called, "Catalina...Oh, my!" An Adventure Story. My daughter Sarah is co-writer. My crew member Jean illustrated the 32 page picture book for children ages 4 to 8. And, now the difficult part...publishing. I need your help finding a publisher. I looked into self publishing but I decided not to go that route. So, I am in the process of looking for a reputable publishing company in the United States. Most companies will not accept unsolicited manuscripts.
Synopsis of story:
Meet Grandma Pat and travel along with her and her boat crew as she swims the Catalina Channel and encounters many of the birds and sea creatures that live in and around the channel. Grandma Pat begins her swim from Catalina Island with greetings from sea lions, pelicans, flying fish, dolphins, and even a spouting whale. Her crew member and illustrator captures these enchanting scenes in beautifully detailed drawings. As Grandma Pat swims 21 miles from Catalina Island to the mainland of California, she swims over a giant kelp forest, hears the gentle singing of whales, and she is startled by a large gray shadow beneath her. The concept of team work, the spirit of adventure, and environmental protection is artfully woven in this true adventure story. When Grandma Pat is near the end of her swim, she is surprised by the spectacular heartwarming welcoming of nearly 100 dolphins who swam with her to the shoreline. Enjoy the magical beginning and ending of Grandma Pat's marathon swim and all the adventures in between.
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