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WillowRaven Puts Finishing Touches on Book Two of the JGDS Series, State of Quarries.

State of Wilderness:
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC (June 27, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0979751357
ISBN-13: 978-0979751356

State of Quarries:
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC (expected Spring, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0-9797513-9-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-9797513-9-4


"I love it when a plan comes together."

For those of you who remember that line from a popular 80's show, you'll also remember that "the plan" never seemed to happen as If anything could go a stray -- it would!

Like that vintage favorite, when trying to put a children's book series together (or an individual book for that matter) one delay after another can put a damper on most spirits.

Not being a writer myself, I often say "I haven't the patience it takes to be a writer -- it takes too long." So the months it takes to design a comprehensive and relevant cover, illustrate anywhere from 8-48 pages, organize it all into a layout, muddle through revision after revision, etc. -- this artist gets a little

We artists love to have fresh new projects, but sometimes find it hard to keep the excitement going when it takes months to complete one.

Alas, I am happy to announce that the all but completed layout has been submitted to the publisher, 4RV Publishing, for book two in the JGDS (Junior Geography Detective Squad) series and is being looked over as I write this for those last edit details like 'orphans', 'widows', hyphenated proper nouns, etc., that may have been over looked in previous edits. Granted, it's just the beginning of the end and there is much more work to be done both on my part as the illustrator/designer and the publisher's part. Actually, her part is the actually getting it to print! You would never believe all that is involved before a book is ready for sale!

I can't wait to show off some of the sample clues and illustrations once Vivian gives me the go-ahead!

Don't forget book one, State of Wilderness, needs votes on The New Covey Awards for Most Eye-Catching Cover:

If you find time, stop by and take part in the vote!

Aidana WillowRaven
When you think of a gift, think of a book!

Want me to design your next cover or kiddie book? Check out the rest of the website for more info.

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Comment by Aidana WillowRaven on January 23, 2009 at 10:05am
No problem, I'll send a quick sampling to you via email for tomorrow's signing until the rest can be released. Thanks for reminding me.
Comment by Elysabeth Eldering on January 23, 2009 at 9:53am
News to me - I haven't even seen anything up to this point. I haven't even seen the finished illustrations - wahhhh :((. I wish I could use them but since I don't have them, can't do much for tomorrow's book signing - oh well. Thanks for sharing, Aidana - E :)

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