But, you won’t understand why it’s so sweet if I don’t tell you the whole story. I finished writing my first book on October 22nd and immediately sent it over to my Dad for editing. It felt good to complete a project so close to my heart.
We went back and forth with edits very quickly. All that was left to do was upload it and request a copy. Or at least that’s what I thought. But when I uploaded the file it spit out a very different version of my work.
My illustrations were all wrong and the page breaks were exactly where I didn’t want them!
I studied the differences between my version and their version until I unlocked the code. Excited I made adjustments to all 365 items and uploaded it again. It was perfect until number 39 and then it went sideways again. Ok, I thought I can do this, even if it is 39 lines at a time. Determined I kept at it until I hit this one page that would not correct no matter how I adjusted it. I decided it was time to get some fresh air so we took Charlie for a walk. While sitting at the Embarcadero watching Charlie chase the seagulls, Derek thought of a solution.
I relaxed and took some photos of the sunset.
After returning home I tried the new idea and it worked but I was going to have to once again make adjustments to all 365 items. I got about half done before dozing off at my computer. This morning I was back at it and Derek had a solution for another problem I ran into. (What would I do without him?) Then finally the cover, the interior, the description, the barcode…everything was perfect.
A copy is NOW on the way.
I found 63 ways my book cannot be formatted. I found out I could not include my illustrations. (Be looking for them in a t-shirt design) I found out I needed to be flexible, but in the end I was very happy with my creation. With a cup of chamomile tea in my hand I celebrate.
Sometimes things turn out differently than we thought they would. Sometimes they turn out better and we’re better for it!
Hungry for More, A. Monika
p.s. If there are typos, spelling or grammar mistakes in this post don’t worry about. Those are the kinds of things I’ve worried about for FAR too long. It’s time to just get it out and who cares if it’s not perfect, it’s from the heart!