OK, OK, I get it. All these fans are giddy about the new “Star Wars” movie in theaters this week. But part of me likes to pretend their building excitement is for my book release in a galaxy not far, far away! In fact, it’s super close because it’s our galaxy*.
*distribution limited until Amazon begins delivering to outer space, details pending.
But just like those rabid fans having to wait a few more days, I’ve had to wait also. I really, really want this book to be out there so my friends and family and anyone else in the galaxy** can order it.
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(1,000 Mars Buggles = $35 USD).
In the next few days, UPS should be delivering the very first copy of Big and Small, God Made Them All. I’m so excited! I’m so excited! I’m so…. scared***.
***Thank you, Jessi Spano for your caffeine pill meltdown we’ll never forget.
Once I inspect it inch by inch and dot by dot so that it’s perfect for you, I’ll be announcing it everywhere that it’s for sale. Until then, how about watching this cute puppy?
Laura the illustrator has been coming up with fantastic cover ideas, and a few days ago we chose the one we like best. Just like the rest of the images in the book, the cover art is really cute! As the publishing date approaches, I’ll start posting pictures, but for now, here’s a teaser… This is just a glimpse at the rough drawing. The final will be cleaner and in color, of course! I’m so anxious to hold this book in my hands and realize the random idea I had years ago is now an actual physical product. It’s probably the closest I’ll get to how a mom feels after she has a baby. However, I will not be burping my book over my shoulder, that’s just weird!
You may be wondering what my book is about. Well, I’m keeping it under wraps for the most part, but I’ll say this: behind all the amazing things we see in the world, there’s an artist. From something as tiny as a lady bug to as large as the Atlantic Ocean, there’s a creator that made it all. This book touches on God’s creativity in nature; things we experience that can only have come from an amazingly creative artist. That’s part of who God is, and I think this book will present it in a way that is fun for young readers and parents, too. Or if you’re an uncle looking to be “the cool uncle,” this book will help you achieve that goal! At least I hope it does, because I’m also trying to be the cool uncle. Every. Day. Of. My. Life.
Every day that goes by could be a page in the book being written about my publishing experience. If that were true, I’m guessing we’re at the mid-way point of the story. Things are starting to come together and the main character (my book) will soon be what it was meant to be… a published book!
I’m anxious to share some of the illustrations with you, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise. So be patient! I’m trying to do the same.
Today I’ve been working with Laura the illustrator on nailing down a cover. She’s sent me a few great ideas but none seem to quite feel right. So today she’s going back to the drawing board to come up with a few more ideas. I believe we’ll both know when it’s right, and it’ll be great. She’s also working on the color illustrations for the interior of the book; images we’ve agreed are good to go.
Also, the other day I was Snapchatting with my 12-year-old niece and took this picture.
The more I’ve had time to think about it, it’s more of a sea horse, is it not? Anyway, hope you’re having a good week!