December 17, 2008

Being the ninth in a series of posts about a book proposal, from concept to print.

Click on the category ‘A journey to a book’ in the left sidebar to bring up all of the posts in the series.

tree.gifOn March 11, 2008, I received an email from the lead illustrator at Martingale. She said that after looking at my patterns, she could tell that they had been drawn electronically, and they looked very clean. She asked if I could send her a sample file from the manuscript so that she could check it out.

I sent her an Illustrator file and she quickly replied that my files were “completely usable” and that I should send them all to her.

YEAH! That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

She said that generally they do redraw everything from scratch, because even when an author can supply electronic files, oftentimes they require so much tweaking that it’s just easier to start over. I felt pretty darn good that my files were up to snuff. I’d been a little worried that after the patterns were drawn over by someone else, they’d lose a little bit of that essence of “me.”

Okay so since I hadn’t been planning on sending the computer files, they were a little messy. I had upgraded my programs at the first of the year so some files were in CS and some were in CS3. I went through everything and removed extraneous layers, made sure there weren’t any embarrassingly named layers, and pulled them all into CS3 before burning everything to a CD and shipping it off to the lead illustrator.

Still waiting to hear from my technical editor. Stay tuned!

Until next time,
Quilt Puppy Publications & Designs


2 Responses to “A journey to a book ~ Part 9”

  1. Susan Brubaker Knapp on December 17th, 2008 5:36 pm

    Kay, I’ve enjoyed reading your posts about your book-writing experience. Very interesting, and I can’t wait to see it!

  2. Kay on December 18th, 2008 12:16 pm

    Thank you Susan! It’s great hearing that this information is useful and interesting to others.