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Hard copy illustrations have arrived!

GREAT NEWS! The shipment from Latvia arrived! Took long enough – that’s for sure… but the box and it’s valuable contents were totally unscathed. Sent an email to Aija to let her know, and she replied to tell me that she had been praying for one week straight, in the hopes that the shipment would arrive safely…well that explains why I hadn’t heard from her at all during the prior week!

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Glossy or matte?

I had two choices on the book’s finished look today: glossy or matte. I chose matte… I’m very close to giving the book the “go-ahead.”

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Still awaiting the illustrations

Sent an email to Aija and she doesn’t seem too concerned about the illustrations getting to me. She seems pretty confident about the security of the package – although I can somehow feel that she too is a bit concerned about the shipment getting here. Well, being concerned is a trait that sometimes we can’t ignore.

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Haven’t received the illustrations yet

Okay so now I’m getting a tad bit worried – still haven’t received the package from Latvia! These are my original copyrighted illustrations and if something were to happen to them…well that’s just not going to happen. I need to call the printer again.

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Reading with puppies at libraries, schools and hospitals

The printer understands that I need full creative control on this one and I’m being provided samples as needed…every day we’re closer and closer to the finish line.

Our two Maltese puppies (that we’ll be getting soon) were born a few days ago. We have about 8 more weeks until we pick them up. I will be taking them to libraries, schools and hospitals to help me with reading Danny the Dragon to children.

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Back and forth with the printer

I checked out the printer’s layout for the book – not exactly what I wanted. We’re currently going back and forth a bit.

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Excited to receive the hard copy illustrations

Still in the process of getting the book printed, but I forgot to mention here – I’m awaiting a most important package to arrive from Latvia: our original hard copy illustrations and my disks. I am so excited to see the illustrations in person! According to Aija, should get here in about 2 weeks or less.

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Ready to send the book to press

Chris is an absolute dream! He really helped me with arranging the design elements and with laying out the specs. according to the printer standards. Plus he created various images I am using for promotional purposes! We’re ready to send this off now. We are done.

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Time to do the layouts

Next step: getting the book to the printing company…so close to being finished! I’ve enlisted the help of graphic designer Chris Colby to help me do layouts. He comes to my house and we sit side-by-side as we work for hours day after day, laying out all the text, choosing the font and arrangement of all the details. The phones are at our ears and we are just on a roll!

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It’s GREAT to be home

I’ve arrived! Back to Dunedin and loving it – time to get un-packed and settled in and then back onto Danny, recipe development and research for more writing.

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