Yes, Hurray and Hurray!
I finally received a contract from eTreasure’s Publishing LLC that they are going to publish my children’s book, Annie’s Special Day, written under the pen name of Clarike Bowman-Jahn. I just got the contract today. (Here’s their website, www.eTreasurespublishing.com.) And I just read it for the first time. I may hang it on my wall since it’s my first. It seems pretty good with some adjustments. Scheduling the release date will have to be negotiated. Other things to clarify are that I can promote my book better if it’s a print copy rather than an eBook. Parents and grandparents are more apt to buy a print picture book than an e copy. Grandparents especially don’t seem to be that techy yet. And if used in schools this early concept book would have more appeal in print.
I haven’t even finished the contract with my illustrator. Think I should get on the ball with that, don’t you? Something has to give. They want to publish the book the same day my dynamite illustrator, Emily Schell has stated she will be finished with the illustrations. I’m not sure how much time I should allow between the completion of the illustrations and the publishing date. I’ve written them asking how much time they suggest.
Another authorly detail I concluded today was submitting a story to the book of the Chicken Soup Anthology, Marriage and Married Life. Under comments I also noted that I thought my story would be appropriate for the book, Find Your Happiness. I think I rewrote and revised it at least ten times. I was so nervous submitting it, I asked my hubs to do it. It was my first time submitting something that you copy and paste onto the place where they say submit. I was so afraid I’d end up copying ten times by my heavy finger that I felt better with him doing it. He’s such an understanding good sport that he happily did that for me. I couldn’t ask for a more supportive life partner.
I don’t want to neglect saying how grateful I am for my writing group for critiquing it. At the end, I felt I had as good a story as I could make it, but I’m sure if I waited I would find ways of improving it even more. I always give more tell than show, my weakness. Now off to work on that illustrator contract.