Chronicling the birth of Molly's book from start-to-finish
September 25th - She picked the page/text layout yesterday and sent in her manuscript so they can begin editing. She purchased this photo for the cover of her book. I'm so excited about all of this. We still can't quite get over the fact that it's actually reality.
Skylar McHenry knew the love of her parents and a doting grandfather until her fifth year was marked by the tragic loss of her mother. When her father’s secret past comes to light, they flee to a life at sea and though Daniel now robs pirates to return the stolen goods, his ship is captured by authorities, and he is hung for piracy. Having long since lost her grandfather’s affection because of her father’s reputation, Skye grows up in an orphanage, little more than a servant, shunned by everyone around her.
Now a young woman, each day Skye faces is marked by some new struggle. Her only hope has been to rely on her Heavenly Father’s care and comfort and the solace of her best friend, Will, who has become more than dear to her. Their love for each other grows stronger every day, tucked close in their hearts, though Will waits for the right time to tell her of his love.
Just when an unexpected encounter with her grandfather gives Skye a small glimmer of hope that things might change in her favor, her world is shattered. She is woken in the night by cannon blasts echoing through the city. Pirates storm the orphanage, drag her away into the night, and force her aboard their ship. The cruel captain’s intentions are clear. He will learn, through any means necessary, the location of the treasure collected and hidden by Daniel McHenry. For Skye to divulge the location would mean breaking the last promise she made to her father. She’s certain she never will, but what happens when the lives of those dearest to her are at stake?
The Pirate Daughter’s Promise, a story for girls young and old, is full of daring high seas adventure, sweet wholesome romance, surprising discoveries, unlikely new friends, and the reward of trusting in God even when life seems impossible.
So, I think it will take less time to the end now than it has from the beginning to now. She was not completely satisfied with the book cover they sent back for her approval. She provides the photo and they make it into a cover. This is a resized version of what they sent back. I was disappointed the title text was just in a flat white. At the least, I think it should look more antique. It just felt like I wish I could get my hands on it and change it. Molly felt the same. She does a lot of photo editing so she knows how it could look, but on the other hand, it costs a very lot per hour to have them do extra, and I'm not even sure if that is an option. On the other hand, in my opinion, the book cover is vitally important. So I thought she should send them a screen shot of what she would like or is hoping for so that she does all she can to make it what she would like. She'll send this screen shot below and more details of what she would like. Hopefully they can come to an agreement.
10) Author-approved text to pre press
11) Printer ready text to author
12) Author signs off on authorization to print
13) Text goes to print (books reach author in just under 3 weeks)