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I decided to pursue publishing through an experience with a printing error in The Three Little Pigs, a book I bought for my Kindergarten class.
Midway through reading The Three Little Pigs to my kindergarten class, the book starts over! However, even errors are teachable lessons... Our class went on an impromptu search through our school for the “missing pages.” After, we concluded the wolf must have stolen the missing pages in order for us to read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and believe in the wolf’s innocence. Together, we wrote a letter to Penguin Publishers, asking for a new copy of The Three Little Pigs to read the ending and have both sides to the story. The kindergartners also wrote their own ending and drew pictures, since they were left to guess. Penguin Publishers was so gracious and wrote our class back, praising them for their watchful eye and congratulating them on not allowing themselves to be tricked. They even called to personally thank our class for their letter and pictures, saying they had never had so much fun with a printing error. It was through this fun experience I decided to pursue publishing myself…
Writing the rough draft to Passing the Bone: America’s Next POTUS at my local Starbucks.
Mailing my manuscript to as many publishing companies as I could find. After I mailed them, all that was left to do was wait…
After rejection letters, many unanswered submission letters, and months of waiting, the offer to publish finally came! I invited my Mom to be with me as I signed my contract to publish Passing the Bone: America’s Next POTUS with Mascot Books. My mother formed my passion for reading and writing and the book is dedicated in her honor.
A publishing company has many illustrators they work with. To choose the right illustrator for a book, the publisher will get a test sketch from a handful of artists. Here is the test sketch by Jingo De La Rosa, the illustrator chosen for Passing the Bone: America’s Next POTUS. The test sketch is of the main character, Bo Obama.
The storyboard sketches to Passing the Bone: America’s Next POTUS. These images are sent by the illustrator to the publisher. Then, the publisher will contact the author for editing or approval. Once the storyboard is finalized, the illustrator moves to coloring and detail.
Each left and right page in a picture book is called a “Spread.” This is the final illustration for “Spread One,” the first left and right page in the book.
The cover to Passing the Bone: America’s Next POTUS!
Once the manuscript edits, illustrations, layout, and formats are finalized, the book is sent to print. These are the first printed copies of Passing the Bone: America’s Next POTUS arriving at the publishing company.
Receiving the first copy of Passing the Bone: America’s Next POTUS.
Signing the first copy of Passing the Bone: America's Next POTUS, which was sent to Fox & Friends.