S is for Shore

I’ve announced the release date of S is for Shore…July 16th, which is my mother’s birthday.  I thought this was a small way to honor the relationship between mother and child, since this is a great starter book for a mother to read to a baby or toddler.

cover S is for Shore full

I also had a mini freak-out about S is for Shore tonight!  I uploaded the file to Createspace yesterday.  It was rejected for the cover, which I had made too small.  Then, I fixed the cover and resubmitted it for review.  It came back with an “ok., but…” approval, telling me that due to the flattening of the file, they recommended ordering a proof as a print.

Since this is my first children’s book, first time using Adobe Illustrator, and not having learned this term when I was an art minor in college (too many years ago to mention), I had no clue what this meant.  (For those of you who are like me, clueless about flattening, it basically has to do with the conversion of the file from Illustrator to PDF and the transparencies in the images, like drop shadows).

I ordered to print at lunchtime today and was excited, because I felt like I finished my new book and was done (except for maybe a small amount of tweaking). After work today, I decided to open up the computer proof on Creatspace.  Insert terrible obscenities here!  The entire proof is covered in little white lines.  I’ve been searching the internet for the last two hours, and found some articles that say the white lines won’t print and some that say they will.  I’ve decided to give up and wait and see how the physical proof arrives…which will be next Tuesday, July 2nd.

I hope and pray that it will look just fine and I won’t have tons more work to do to try to get rid of those annoying little white lines!

Have a great evening everyone!


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