Today I completed the finals for the third book I was hired to illustrate, another one that I also wrote. And this time, the dang writer was a wee bit wordy! It was a challenge to allow enough room for all that pesky text, gripe grumble…
This is a view of three of the spreads as of this afternoon. Though all are done, I probably shouldn’t show the entire book. The colorful woman is the town mayor, the boy is a braggart, and the beaver is of course, Rumpelstiltskin!
It’s a great feeling of being at least almost done after so many decisions about setting, characters, color, design, etc. Viewing all the spreads at once is a great way to step back and catch the errors/inconsistencies by looking at the book as a whole, not just individual pages.
Writers don’t really get that opportunity, do we? Yes! We can upload a manuscript to the Kindle Cloud and then download it to an e-reading device. If you don’t have a Kindle, Nook, iPad, whatever, Kindle has a free version you can download that works as an e-reader on your computer.
There are probably other options, but in any case, this way you can read your book as if you bought a real book. For me, it’s a really helpful way to work on my writing. There is something about my story being a book of sorts, not just manuscript pages, that makes it easier to be objective and critical.