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Tooth Fairy book a wish come true

Amy Louhela recently self-published a book about the tooth fairy that could get a lot of parents out of trouble. Written about five years ago, Louhela tells the story of "The Night the Tooth Fairy Did Not Come" in easy-to-understand terms and bea...

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Amy Louhela recently self-published a book about the tooth fairy that could get a lot of parents out of trouble.
Written about five years ago, Louhela tells the story of “The Night the Tooth Fairy Did Not Come” in easy-to-understand terms and beautifully drawn pictures.
Louhela’s route to publication wasn’t exactly direct.
First she tried to get someone else to publish it.
“I submitted to four million publishers and I got three contract offers,” Louhela said. “They all were offering 1, 2, or 3 percent and I thought I was being ripped off.”
Then she went to a self-publishing seminar in the Twin Cities and found out that was standard procedure and she should have accepted.
Undeterred, Louhela decided to continue with her self-publishing route. A photographer by trade, she needed to find an illustrator (since it’s very difficult to catch the tooth fairy in action with a camera).
“I put a bit about the book on freelancer.com and I had 56 bids from artists telling me how much they would charge to illustrate my book,” she said.
In the end, after much communicating back and forth and sample drawings, Louhela decided to go with Lily Todoroua, an artist living in Bulgaria who spoke no English.
In the process, Louhela learned a lot about other countries and their customs with baby teeth.
“In Bulgaria, they throw the teeth on the roof and make a wish,” Louhela said. “In Finland, the tooth troll comes for teeth from kids who ate too many sweets.”
She used Amazon to self publish, a route she highly recommends to others who want to self publish.
Recently, she met with the local Barnes and Noble store manager, and the chain bookstore is also picking up her book.
For those who don’t want to travel to Duluth, Louhela is holding a book signing from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 24, at The Avenue Coffee House in the old Chief Theater building at 103 Avenue C in Cloquet.

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