Enjoying the process
Maybe I’m in denial or I’m just rushing things, but I feel overwhelmed about the duration of the revision and illustrating process of my first children’s book. Yes, it’s true; I tend to rush through things once I become excited and then lose the excitement somewhere in the process. Has that happened? This summer my editor recently completed another round of revisions of the story which is the ninth revision by the way. She has literally transformed my bullying story into a mini-movie. Am I upset, frustrated, or grateful you may wonder? I’m extremely grateful for my editor, yet somewhat frustrated that it has taken so long to revise the story because I thought it would be completed by now. Although I’m not afraid of the revision process, it is duly wearisome; especially when I think the story is great the way it is and I don’t want to stray too far from the original concept.
Previously, I selected Author House to assist with self-publishing the children’s book because we shared a similar vision for the project. I do not regret my decision. I think I’ve mentioned this before…my illustrator is talented and awesome. My only issue with him is he has additional projects so he can’t dedicate his ‘all’ to my illustrations. When the book is finally completed, everyone will be in awe of the illustrations because he is a seasoned underground artist. I’m proud of him and honored to have him working with me on this project. A colleague emailed me recently and said I should enjoy the entire writing process. Is that too much to ask at this point? What’s your take?