The Writing Process Continues

I’m so excited, I have finished my first children’s book as far as I can for now.  It is now in the editing stages.  I went to the bank today to get the cashier’s check to send my manuscript and drawings in for copyright documentation.  When I got the check I just wanted to dance around and shout “halleluiah”.  I felt giddy, with goosebumps lining my arms.  I have a project that I have completed, beginning to end, and it actually looks like a real book.

I went straight from the bank to a professional printer to get copies made of the pictures.  Alas, I wasn’t paying enough attention and am going to have to go back and get them redone.  Unfortunately all the bottoms of the pictures were cut off so a lot of my artist signatures were cut off.  I was so excited about getting them I didn’t look them over thoroughly enough before I left the store.  Even with the bottoms cut off, they are so pretty.  I love the professional look of the prints.  So I will be going back again tomorrow evening to have them reprinted.

That means my dear drawing winners, I am one step closer to having your winning pictures ready to mail out to you.  When I have them reprinted, I will be going by Hobby Lobby to have them matted.  That will be something new for me too, I have never had a picture just matted, every time I have a picture framed I add a mat (frame) to it, but never just a mat.  So I really don’t know the process or if there will be something on the back sealing it in or not. It never hurts to learn something new.

I have started the thinking process of a sequel, what other kinds of things can I have my character doing that she isn’t doing already.  While I was drawing these pictures, I had so many friends tell me that she should be doing this or I should have her doing that.  I should have written them down to create my next list.

From this process, I know that it will take me approximately 6 months to finish the next book. It took me that long this time because a large majority of the time at the beginning was trying to find the correct color of ink.  Now that I have that, the next project should go a little faster.  The only question I really need to think about right now is when do I want to start it?  I have some other obligations that I need to meet before I can start so I think the answer will depend on how quickly I meet those obligations.

When I finished my drawings, I cleaned up my pens, and put them away in their proper boxes and there they will stay until I am ready to start again.  I think I need to do a little more clutter cleaning before I open them back up to start a new project. I think that will be my goal this weekend.  Clean off all the clutter from my previous drawing immersion and then start that new obligation project.  This is a project for another author, so it will be interesting to me.  Since the book will be a combination of my drawings and her writing, I won’t be able to show them to my friends like I do the ones that are solely mine, so I am going to have to find a way to maybe do both mine and hers projects.

I have decided though that I will be getting another drawing pad.  This one will be used for drawings that I do for other authors and it will be a great way to keep my projects separate.  I love using my drawing pad, but I don’t want to put mixed projects in it.  Just like in an office file cabinet, I want to keep things separate for record keeping purposes.  Sounds complicated, but not really.  In my other life I was a secretary before I became a teacher and then a librarian, once the skill is learned it is hard to break.

Okay, so here’s to the next step in the process.  Publishers, here I come!  Say some prayers that the right publisher will be there and the doors will be opened. I have faith that this will happen, not in my time but in His.

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