I still haven’t heard back from Aija, but I’m sure there is much happening in Latvia that I have no clue about over here in the States.
Happy New Year! We all deserve a little break. Off I go.
I’m a bit concerned because for the life of me, I can’t reach my Aija! I haven’t received an email response back from her for a while now.
10 emails later or there about, I think we have everything pretty much sorted out. It has been an amazing process so far.
We’re now really moving along with emails going back and forth to get the characters just right. Many of the other tiny details besides the characters themselves are coming up.
The solution to my communication with Aija is to use her translator. No problems at all! I really like them both! Aija agrees to allow me total creative control of my characters. Amazing! We are moving forward on the book! Contract signed and we are on a roll.
I am back in Florida again. Interesting news. Aija does not speak a word of English. This could be a problem. I guess we’ll have to see how everything works out. In the meantime, I’m going to have a phone conversation with her translator (which I just found out she has) to figure out the next steps.
Right now I’m in Seattle visiting my father as he is quite ill. He finished his radiation treatment, so my husband and our 3 kids are up in cold, rainy Seattle for Thanksgiving and his birthday. I’m making the gang a delicious Sea Bass dinner and I sure hope he enjoys it.
This is another HUGE development in my children’s book journey – Aija from Latvia is the star! She absolutely hit the nail on the head. She captured the essence of 2 of the characters in just about the same way I had envisioned them. The illustrations are truly magical. So now we’re talking up a business deal.
I’m back! I’ve been busy with all kinds of projects and more research – I’m truly excited about what I’m doing. Regarding my search for an illustrator: one person’s name definitely stood out today: Aija Jasuna. I contacted her and she’s willing to send me a sketch of how she envisions my text and descriptions. She’s based out of Latvia (Europe). This could be interesting.