These are the late nights. Writing Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island for Kids has been a BLAST! Possibly because it is my first foray outside of Shakespeare, possibly because it is about pirates (I mean, who doesn’t want to write about pirates, right?!?!) or possibly it’s because when it comes down to the launch of a new book, it’s always exciting!
I always get a bit nervous; did I make any formatting errors, any spelling errors (my nemesis) or any grammar errors? Did I completely blow it and put the cover of 12th night on the book of Treasure Island? Oh, no! Go check again and again…. it’s paranoia at the worst level. However, one of the things that I have realized is that there will ALWAYS be mistakes. If I continue to try and make it perfect, I would still be working on my first book, and the funny part, I have found errors in my books, but ONLY ONCE, has someone emailed me and called me out on any of my errors. Which is rather ironic, I mean, my main customer is an English teacher! So, who better to catch my bumbling English skills then someone skilled in the art of English! (I knew there was a reason I went to school to be an engineering!)
It’s also great fun to see it all come together. From the story, to the cover art (which has to “paint the picture”) to the editing… there are several pieces and people in play, and they all help create the “final sculpture”.
Well, I have rambled enough today, and I hope you like my rendition of Treasure Island, I know my kid has!
Till the next time…