It has taken so very long to get to this point, but Tuesday, I signed off on the Edits and can now move forward to Marketing and Publishing!! Yippee and Yahooey! I will be ordering a limited number of pre-release books to be sold through this blog. That means, you get them first, before they are released to the public. You get first dibs! and I can autograph them to whomever you specify! Details to come, but I wanted to let you know, she’s ready to be born! Dear Fairy Bright, what a journey this has been. But soon, your story will be revealed!
After two years, Broken Stone Suite has been mastered and produced into a phenomenal CD! I don’t know where all the inspiration, ideas came from, well actually I do, they came from deep recesses in Chris that surprised even him! The music, and the lyrics are certainly multi-dimensional. Combined with the book and illustrations, it should give the reader/listener the full experience of characters and story.
We plan to release both creations together as a limited edition package, just as soon as the book is published. Still waiting, and waiting and….. but will be worth the wait, I trust.
Here is a sneak peek of the CD written, performed, mastered by Chris, and illustrated by me. May you get a feeling of what is inside.
Steffen’s Song by Chris Hertz
After reading through my book proof yet another time, I was amazed at how many edits I found! It really helped having that actual book in my hands. My conundrum was, how to explain what the edits were, and where! Because the Epilogue was left out by an oversight, the Table of Contents had to be changed, just as a start in the edits.
Then I noticed the categories that my book was labeled under. Mystery/Detective! No way. Those needed to be changed also. This was getting serious and I was only supposed to have 100 edits. Dang! As many were an oversight, I feel 127 edits should pass. But again, how do I correctly communicate the edits, using “sticky notes” in Adobe Reader. This is yet another new program in which I need to find my way around.
Tosha kept me cool and calm and assured me it should all be ok. I should received the final back in 2 – 4 weeks. Well, it’s almost 2 weeks now, and I feel I need to communicate with the editor and head off any snafu’s. We are so close, yet so far. This last has to be perfection, both for my sake, the book’s sake, and the professional product from Tate Publishing. I feel like I am in limbo, but I am trusting all will be just fine. There’s that word again, fine! (An inside book joke.)
To tantalize a bit more, here is another illustration – “The Gypsies!”
Well, I am the perfect example of needing to work under pressure, I guess. Somehow, I lost the month of February. I didn’t get much done, except finalizing the edits, and cover ideas. As for the illustrations, nada.
I wasn’t sure how to proceed. I finally decided to use illustration board which I found at Hobby Lobby and an assortment of Cansen pastel paper, so purchased a supply. I had some photos of children that I would use for reference. In fact little Mariah, was a perfect young Fairy Bright!
But to get the muse flowing, was hard indeed.
I ended up using a piece of board, with a mixture of pastel, colored pencil and marker for my first painting. Fairy Bright and her friends emerged on the board. Not bad.
I called my daughter and her best friend to pose for me for a portrait of an older Fairy Bright. This was on pastel paper with straight pastel. When I started drawing, it was like I was directed to draw things a certain way, and not as any particular person. It was remarkable. I am so used to doing a total likeness, and this was a unique person.
That night I walked up into my studio, and saw the unfinished portrait on the easel. I got chills and the hair stood up on the back of my neck. It was if she was telling me, I had captured her likeness! Well the finished portrait is not like anyone I know. Wouldn’t it be something if she actually looked like my painting?!
I accomplished two more illustrations as I sequestered myself in the house for two weeks. I even cancelled a needed massage!
The result, four unique paintings that helps capture the elements of the story. I’m pretty proud. They will be added as a color insert in the book. I can’t wait!