Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Backing up, when I received the emails, I was nervous because I knew this would be one step closer to the final masterpiece (I like to call it that). It is possible that its success will be minimal but at least I can say that i did get one of my many books published and I can share that with my family. I am proud of that. Or, it will be wildly successful and I will have to figure out how to balance my family and my book. I'll eat an elephant one bite at a time.
While I was looking at them, I started to cry. I was crying out of relief that they are completed and then, most of all, because Denise gave my story life with delightful characters and charming detail. It is a dream come true. I can only hope she feels the same way. I have not met her nor talked to her so our only communication is through my editor and publisher and through my written words and her paintbrush. We are a match. She captured my words so well and added her creative touch. I hope she will want to do more of the Flip Side Stories. www.deniseclemmensen.com
So, the illustrations are approved and she will send out the originals from California. We have sent her some cover ideas for her to sketch. We will have to approve those and she off to painting again.
The last steps are layout, proof and print. Print, print, print. Then I hope everyone will want to share this book with their children. I hope to encourage a more empathetic, caring, compassionate and tolerant world.
Here's a sneak peek.