It is getting near the time when my second picture book, Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story, will be coming out. The last I heard it was to be released on April 18th 2014, and that is this Friday!! And just the other night Susan Elwood my coauthor and I did the line edits. So even though it may not come out that specific day, maybe we will be surprised!
I wanted you to be looking for it. eTreasurespublishing is the publishing house. Please buy one of my books from their web-site. We get a lot better royalty rate when it’s done like that.
Edmund Pickle Chin is about an abused donkey that learns to trust his caregiver Susan and help out on the farm. And the caregiver turns out to be my coauthor. Her name is Susan April Elwood and without her I would not have had the idea to turn the story she was telling me about Edmund into a picture book. And of course she continually fed me the material I needed for a children’s story. Lynne Bendoly is the illustrator and we were able to see each picture as she worked on it. Having this close collaboration is something you don’t get from the big publishers. My second picture book, Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story, is in its final formatting and editing stage, with Christy Caughie, the children’s books editor, through my publisher eTreasurespublishing.
I have had to good fortune to belong to Julie Hedlund’s 12x12x13 last year and finished four manuscripts. One of which I submitted to eTreasurespublishing and got accepted. *YaY!* Yes, as some of you authors know sometimes when publishing with a small press it isn’t as easy as just submitting and forgetting about it till time to market.
As my readers know I am writing on a bigger project now and have not joined for this year because my hands are full. I plan on writing my memoir in six months and hope to have 60,000 words done by June.
How does one write in two genres? Sometimes it is very difficult. And I make mistakes. I sent in the Benediction for the Dedication. To the children’s editor!! I wasn’t half as horrified as Susan, my co author. It is very normal to make mistakes when proofreading and she herself missed it the first time. It doesn’t make for good working relations to blame each other for the mistake. And it wasn’t the first one. We have learned to work together and had a fun time with writing Edmund.
Tell me in the comments what you think? Do you make big mistakes when talking to your editor? Or when trying to communicate with your close collaborators? Do you worry too much when something is nearing the end stage like I do with Edmund Pickle Chin’s release date? I just can’t wait to see the finished product.
See you Friday, my good friends!
(c) 2014 Clara Bowman-Jahn aka Clarike Bowman-Jahn