Saturday, July 2, 2011

Day 634

It was just an inch.  That's all.  Just a measly little inch on some pages of the book that required more space.  A tiny inch.

Publication of my book didn't move forward due to a lack of space.  Refer to yesterday's frustration fascination.

The artist had it sorted it seems. She knew what she was doing when she did the painting. She had it all worked out!  There's no doubt about that.  But Mr Publisher would like larger font for a kids book. Fair enough.  So we need another inch of background.  Just an inch.

It seems there is nothing measly about an inch.  Not when you've been shot near the heart, nor in a car accident, nor swimming in the Olympics, nor getting your first fringe cut.  Apparently an inch can also make all the difference to a man's confidence.  Just an inch. An inch can mean the difference between life and death, gold and silver, good hair or bad hair, full frontal nudity or a life of inadequacy.  And an inch can mean the difference to a well published book or just "settling".

Mr Publisher and I are not going to settle.  We want that inch.

Yesterday I spent some time fiddling around trying to make it fit.  I knew it was a waste of time. I knew that Mr Publisher would be working at his end and that he was the expert, but I felt I needed to be doing something! So I did.  I physically cut and pasted paper and glued it on.  I then emulated it electronically.  It looked ok, for someone who was willing to settle ....  but I wasn't happy.

But when I woke up this morning I found new mock-ups on my computer.  Mr Publisher had found a solution! He had done the whole "electronic paint matching" thing and managed to extend the background.  He found our inch!

As I sit here typing I have a book sitting on my computer ... complete with artwork, text, formatting and that all important extra inch.  Who needs to go the extra mile when you can do it in inches?!

I think we might be on our way! And for that I am incredibly grateful.

Woot woot.

Today I am grateful for Ugg boots, Cadbury's Favourites, a caring husband, Colgate tooth whitening toothpaste, a warm bed and an all important (and very colourful) extra inch.  

There are a whole lot of other gratefuls floating around the blogosphere.  Check them out at Maxabella's Joint.  It's a great way to spend your Saturday ...


  1. Woot! Well done.

    So glad he sorted it so quickly.

  2. Fantastic!! You must be thrilled. Can't wait to see the fruits of your labour. And thanks to your 'fascinating' tips, i'll keep all this in mind when illustrating my kids book. Big smile for you.

  3. That is super cool, Leanne. You are so very, very close. Can't wait to see the final product. x

  4. Oooh, how exciting! I'm glad you found a solution that didn't leave a stale taste on the project.

  5. Well, apart from your frustration, I'm finding this info FASCINATING! it'll be good to have the book in print and move on to the next, though, hey?

  6. I am so glad that you were able to work out a solution with your publisher. Hopefully this will be your last speedhump on the road to getting your book published


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