Rapid Fire Emails

Today my editor Deb and I will hopefully pull together 1/2 to 3/4th of my next book.  The process at this point is that we will work thru one pattern at a time.  Going over words.  Streaming or expanding areas that we deem necessary.  In other words getting things in order.   It can be a tedious process.  But we have done some structural work already so it’s just matter time.

This is done with sometimes rapid fire emails traded back and forth, back and forth with book sections attached and highlighted questions/changes dropped in.  We go over and over stuff until be both agree it’s at it’s best, and then that section/pattern is put into queue for the technical writers to have their looksey. (YIPES!) and the graphic artist begins to do his work with the sometimes hand drawn scribbles we (Deb and I ) give him as to what we see as the illustration needed.   And then finally the graphic artist steps in and gives it all a spit shine and polish with love colors and sets the look of the book.

Then one more time…very very carefully a team of 4-5 of us go over all the entire book in painstaking detail.  Truly making sure every i is dotted and t is crossed.  Page by Page we sign off.

The first time I went thru this process I admit there was a general panic.  I looked at my book pages with newbie eyes and it looked like a bunch of garbley-gook.

There are strikeouts all over the place and all kinds of editing jargon about what pictures/illustrations go where.

Previously I was not a part of this process in book writing.   But I like that Kansas City Star makes their authors a part of this process.  I like to learn and see “behind the curtains”…even if it causes me some distress and I begin to worry if this will ever be the book I see in my head.

I know it will.  I have a fantastic team of at Kansas City Star that make me look good.

This book writing thing…it’s not easy.  And in no means fast.   I am learning new tricks to help streamline things and the next traditional pattern book will be smoother.   I’ve promised my editor.

I thought you might like this very brief look “behind the curtain”….we are pulling levers and spinning plates as fast as we can.  🙂

Enjoy the day,





One Response to “Rapid Fire Emails”

  1. Pamela Dorman says:

    What a mish-mash of things are occurring, but I am sure you have no need to worry. If all your other books (which I have most of) are any indication, it will certainly be very successful and a sell out. I am certainly sure all your fans can hardly wait. Wish I lived close by as I am a very good proof reader. Good Luck!

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