Alaska’s Puzzle Bears are off to the printer. After three rounds of proofs, I didn’t see any more errors, typos, or issues. I could have made–and was tempted to make–more and more changes, but they were style changes: do I want to use the word “blank,” or “space,” or “line” to indicate that place where readers are to write a word or letter? Those kinds of changes can be made until the end of time; at some point you just have to stop.
Does that mean the book is perfect? I wish, but no. Unfortunately, or perhaps it’s fortunate, perfection is an impossibility. But I feel we’ve done our best, and I’m optimistic that the end product will be great.
So…want a sneak peek? Here’s the cover:
Shannon Cartwright is the artist, and I have long been a fan. It’s exciting to have worked with her. In addition to the puzzles, there are oodles of Shannon’s black-and-white line drawings inside and full-page illustrations just waiting to be colored in and doodled on.
I don’t know when the book will be out and about, exactly, but I’ll let you know when I know.
Categories: Children's writing