I can almost see the finish line from here, and after a year in the making, it is really hard to believe that it isn’t a mirage! There are just a few more branches to climb, and this little squirrel book will be ready to hop out into the world.
My designer has been diligently working on the graphics and layout. She’s even scheduled a photoshoot with a professional product photographer to take some final photographs later this month.
Meanwhile I’ve been busy proofreading the first few drafts. You’d think this would be a piece of cake for me, since I’ve been working professionally as a proofreader for almost a decade. However, this was probably the most difficult part of the process so far. It might be because I am too close to the project, so I have enlisted the help of some friends I used to work with at the greeting card company. It will be really nice to have their talents and fresh eyes to look over the manuscript.
I’ve also booked a venue for the launch party – well, it’s really more of a thank-you afternoon tea for all the people who have helped to make this book possible. It will be April 16 at the enchanting and whimsical Beatrice & Woodsley in Denver. I wish I could invite you all because with your support and encouragement you each have also played a hand in making this dream come true. I will be sure to take plenty of pictures and share them here with you!
It’s all looking very spectacular. These final stages continually call me to reflect on what it has taken to get here. When I look through the book, I am amazed at how much information I have been able to include. I think you will be very pleased. Just to give you a taste of what you can expect to find in The Big Acorn Race, here is the final Table of Contents.
As we get ever closer to crossing that finish line, I’ll have plenty more behind-the-scenes stories and photos to share with you. Join me next time when I’ll share images from our final big photoshoot, accolades from some rather prestigious reviewers, and information on how you can win a free copy of the book during The Big Acorn Race giveaway in March.