A Nest for the Savior’s Indie Publishing Journey

A Nest for the Savior started like most crazy ideas do … as a late night thought: What if an animal overheard the news about Jesus’ birth and tried to beat the shepherds to Him?

The story line changed and evolved a lot over three years of critiques, editing and searching for the perfect agent and editor. When the story didn’t find the perfect home in the traditional publishing world, author Didi Zayas followed her indie publishing heroes (Beatrix Potter, Nancy Tillman, Jennifer Fosberry, Marti Dumas and Darcy Pattison) to create A Nest for the Savior on her own. As a result, Antique at Heart Press was born.

She didn’t have to search for long for the perfect illustrator when a childhood friend posted this illustration:

Deja Sessa soon joined the team, and her illustrations brought A Nest for the Savior to life in beautiful, peaceful depictions of the first Christmas and the spunky sparrow who saves the day. The author and illustrator worked for months to create an unforgettable children’s story and Christmas tradition, while homeschooling their children and caring for the new additions to their families.

Both women had infants while creating the book. Deja’s family also added more kids:

After the book was successfully crowdfunded through kickstarter, A Nest for the Savior was published in October 2018, just in time for the Christmas season.


The BestNester created A Nest for the Savior to show kids how Christmas connects with the Cross.

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