1) I wrote my story, leaving the critical mind on the shelf and letting the creative heart and soul have control.
2) I hired my editor to engage her critical mind and make my art professional.
3) I hired an illustrator to make my words come to life. First, she and I would read the story and write the descriptions of what I wanted the illustrations to be for each scene. Then she would sketch them and ask for my approval. After that, she would bring them to life with amazing color and emotion. Take a look at what an amazing evolution these images underwent:
She would start with a rough draft of each scene.
Then she would fill in the sketches with color and detail.
The finishing touches would then bring the whole picture to life.
After all the illustrations were complete, my illustrator laid out the book with the designated script and the file was uploaded for publishing. There are a lot of little boring details that I’ve left out, but I won’t tire you with those. The birthing of a book is a labor of love. I hope you love the treasures hidden in every book just for your sheer delight.