Aren’t those lovely? What are they, you ask? Well, I was feeling very adventurous so I printed up my children’s story ‘Lulu Buys A Hat’. For those interested, making your own book isn’t exactly easy. Especially when you don’t have a printer that likes collating.
You have to know how to stack pages so that they come out in book format. Again, not easy in the least. Fortunately, I’ve done this several times for my own personal thing, or gifts. (stacked books, not printed my own books) Also, this was only three pages, four if you count the cover with the title. The hardest part was actually creating the binding and making sure the scrapbook paper covered the card stock I used for the binding.
They turned out better than I expected, and it is somewhat thrilling to see something of your own, printed and bound. I can’t wait for the day that these actually have pictures. Because, yes, these are supposed to be picture books.
My father finally got to read the completed, and edited version (funny story about that. See below this paragraph). His comment was totally girly. Well, duh! It’s about a girl who buys a hat. Do you know of a guy that is really going to want to read about a girl buying a hat? I don’t.
Regarding the editing? Well, apparently, even though I have gone over this story several times, I missed a few words. It wasn’t until I printed it the first time Mrs. Day asked if I had edited a second time. Of course I hadn’t, so she ran through it. And obviously she found some words I had missed. The one that I laughed the most at was ‘window’ being ‘winder’. What was I thinking there? Well, it’s all pretty now. I’m sure there are still mistakes. I don’t actually have an editor for this, sorry George. While I totally trust everything you say, even you have missed things.
Anyways, it was fun to do this. Now to finish the query letters for this one, collect a few agents to query and we are getting somewhere.