Two weeks and 14 blog posts later, I am back! It feels good to be able to start writing in the present tense; up until this point, I wanted to share the events of the past and how they contributed to the book. So now I look forward to the exciting future of printing and promoting Where Did Mommy's Superpowers Go?!
I started working with Lisa Akoury-Ross at Sweet Dreams Pulishing in May, 2010. Over the past year, she and her amazing team have literally transformed my story into an amazing, high-quality children's book which can hold its own next to any top-notch book you'll find on your child's shelf. I had a lot of help with the production of this book: Lisa Schleipfer, editor and owner of Eden Rivers Editorial Services, did an incredible job perfecting the text. Lisa truly made this process a valuable learning experience for me. Susan Veach, graphic designer, took the text and artwork and merged them together beautifully, creating a seamless layout. And I can't say enough about my creative, imaginative and talented artist, Randy Jennings. When Lisa, Randy and I had a conference call back in December, 2010, I instantly had a good feeling about him. I could feel the positive vibe over the phone from the west coast. Randy offered to do a sample sketch for me, and as soon as I saw it, I sent him an email: "You're hired!" Not only are his illustrations fantastic, but I always appreciated his great ideas, artistic vision, and sense of humor. It was a pleasure to collaborate with him on the book.
Lisa and her team were just as committed as I was to making this book the best it could be. We had more than five rounds of reviews, and just today I signed off on the final version. Once Susan completes the book, we'll do our first print run and the book will be available for purchase! I can't wait.
A huge thank you to my "Sweet Dreams Team". You guys are the best. What an exciting way to kick off the spring!