The smell of fall is in the air and our trees are beginning to turn lovely shades of orange, red and yellow. I purchased two chrysanthemums for the porch and have started my yearly autumn yard clean up. This is definitely one of my favorite times of year. Days are crisp, bright and the humidity of summer has gone away. I’ve also begun to dive more seriously into my writing, as well as finishing up several projects that you should be seeing soon.
Well, let me clarify soon. In a writer’s world, books do not come to the shelves quickly. We authors must first write, then go through the “fun” stage of editing, finally sending the book off to the publisher. If an author does not have a publisher, this is when they start searching for either a publisher or agent who will take them on. If they do have a publisher, it’s getting a contract signed, waiting for the book to be formatted by the publisher and then creating illustrator notes. It’s off to the illustrator, back to the publisher who places text and pictures alongside each other in order of the story and then back to the author for approval. Finally, it is sent to the printer. Whew! Bet you didn’t know it took all that to result in the children’s book you’ve seen in the store or read to your child.
I have several books in process right now. Pete the Brave, a great story about self-sacrifice and being kind is ready to go to the printers. YAY! Cleo and Roger Discover the Art of Columbus, Indiana is with the illustrator and is coming along nicely. A third book, The Red Coat, a story set in the Great Depression, will be published with my husband’s publishing company, PathBinder Publishing as I will be interning an illustrator from Herron School of Art. And then, there’s my latest work in progress, Love, Hope, a story of finding hope amid this pandemic crisis.
You’re probably saying, “Wow, that’s a lot!” and you are right. I work a full time job besides being an author. But if you knew that I was sorted into the Slytherin House on the official Harry Potter website, you would smack your forehead and say “That makes sense!” I’m a nice Slytherin, though. Really, I am.
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