Saturday, September 29, 2007

Molly's Book Progress

The Pirate Daughter's Promise

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Chronicling the birth of Molly's book from start-to-finish

I thought it would be fun to track Molly's book progress for anyone who would enjoy taking the journey with us.
Molly has been writing since she was eight. She loved the Baby-sitters Little Sister book series, and her writing was much like that. Then, a few years later, she fell in love with The Lord of the Rings and wrote a fantasy trilogy and later books four and almost five. Sometimes when you write something for a long time, as she did, you need a break and begin writing a different story or something altogether different. And because she had by this time fallen in love with Pirates of the Caribbean, she began a new story with a pirate era called The Pirate Daughter's Promise. This story is very special to her. Sometimes a story just comes, just like that, and it took her only three weeks to write it. Of course then comes the editing which she has done over the last couple of years with the dream of getting her book published. In the meantime she wrote the sequel to this story which is called Every Tear, which is in the editing stage now, hopefully to be published as well. So here follows the time line of our journey, mother and daughter, writer and author.
September 21st - Molly and I entered into the agreement with the publishing company to begin publishing her book. It's all been a little slower to begin than we had anticipated, but it is a pricey endeavor for her, $3,000 worth, so she was careful to find out everything up front, all the future costs, etc. and had the agreement checked by our lawyer to make sure. Jack and I gave her money for graduation, to start this part of her life which she fully intends and hopes will become a life-time career. She's worked hard over the summer months and has the rest of the money saved up so the publishing is all paid for, and now we wait. The process is interactive though. She has a place online where she will work with them to make the cover of her book, and she has drafted me to write up the back of the book and the author bio and also the catalog description. It's all very exciting and there is already an ISBN number for her book which I thought was pretty neat. It will be listed in the online catalog of the publishing company. We should have a finished book in our hands in just a few months, and I will be anxious to unveil it here when I can.

bookcover 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.
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October 2nd - Molly's project manager called yesterday to touch base with her about her book. I am glad she was home. I decided yesterday to make a concentrated effort to get the back of her book cover written. I had been unable to get settled into it in these last days, so Molly had gone searching for how to write a "blurb", how many words, etc. So she wrote a couple of paragraphs, like a skeleton. Unless it is my own writing, I am much better at editing. Give me something already written and I can re-write it...but to just outright write something for you is harder. I really wanted it to have a good start, something to draw you in, as I think the back of the book or the description of one is such an important selling point. So I took what she had written, added to it, and I am really happy with how it turned out. They will re-write it...that actually costs $175...but at least we have done our part. So, even if they change it drastically...this is what we have submitted for the back of Molly's book:

The circumstances of life made Daniel McHenry a pirate. Rescuing young Grace who had been kidnapped by his cruel pirate captain changed Daniel’s life. But though his life had been changed in eternal ways, and he had begun a new life with Grace, the consequences of his secret past catch up with Daniel and set the stage of the life of his young daughter.

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.
November 7th, 2007 - We had fabulous news yesterday. Molly heard from her project manager at the publisher's, and they emailed her manuscript edits. I was really tickled for her because there were only a few points she needs to clarify and the rest was just various words here and there throughout the manuscript which were added or taken out. The best part was the editor's note about the manuscript:
"This was a real page-turner for me and I felt like it was almost a true account of some of your ancestors. Well done. A beautiful account of God’s care and protection and those who had faith in Him during severe trials. Your bio indicates that you are a recent school graduate, and I want to especially commend you on your writing skills and encourage you to keep writing. I also congratulate your home school teacher(s) on giving you a fine education."
Well, needless to say, Molly was nearly jumping out of her skin with excitement after that. We all tell her how much we love her story, but to hear praise from your editor is something altogether different. She will work on the manuscript now, incorporating the changes, and then send it back. I am not sure how long after that it is typeset. We are waiting also to see what they have done for the book cover.
Thursday, December 20, 2007 - Molly is deep into writing a new book, the third in this series. The Pirate Daughter's Promise is coming along nicely. She sent her author-approved edited manuscript back today which means it goes to the typesetter now. That is really exciting because hopefully the back and forth with the manuscript from now on will just be quick checks on her part and once it goes to print she will have a book in her hands about three weeks later.
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.
Friday, January 11, 2008 - Molly's typeset manuscript came yesterday! That was just so exciting to see. It is in PDF form, pages exactly like they will look printed up. This is the first page of Chapter One.
page one of Molly's book
So now she must read through the manuscript again to make sure the chapter and page numbers line up. Then, it will be a few back and forth emails after that. She sends it back, any changes are again typeset, she gets it back again to approve. Then it goes to the Proof Reader, then to typeset, and then to Molly again to be approved. After that it goes to Pre-press and then to her again, I think. But after she signs off on it then it will finally go to print and she will have a book in her hands 3 weeks from then.
Friday, January 25, 2008 - Molly received her revised book cover today, and she is pleased with the changes they made. So I think this is what the cover will look like. You'll notice that she chose a pen name. I had thought she was firm on just wanting to use her real name, but when we talked about it she said, no, she just hadn't given it any thought because she had no idea what she would do otherwise. I encouraged her to use a pen name for a few different reasons, but then came picking one which seemed hard as nothing came to mind and how do you just pick some random last name? So she began to pray about it and suddenly, just like that she thought of Evangeline. When she first told me, I just didn't know what I thought but in the next little while, the more I thought of it the more I liked it! It holds real meaning for her, and I think it really fits. So this is exciting as it gets ever closer.
Thursday, March 6, 2008 -
fullcoverlayout We got Molly's full cover layout the other night. I was just amazed how beautiful it looked with the back looking so antique. Molly is so pleased. After the proofreader checks this cover layout, I think there are only a few steps left, the ones below.
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)

1 comment:

  1. Oh Pam, I really enjoyed the journey of Molly's book. The book write up has me intrigued. I look forward to reading it. What would a person have to do to get a autographed copy. :) Definitely let us know when it is available for purchase. I am eager to read it. Great job Molly. I'm so proud of your talent at such a young age. Keep up the great work.