From Concept to Completion: Writing and Publishing a Book | Create

Writer Becky Simpson says,

I always wonder about the creative process when I hear other makers discuss their work. I’m fascinated by the inspiration, but I often think to myself, “How does it actually come together?” I want to know about the rules, patterns, and formula. Without that context, I may be inspired, but I don’t know how to act on it.

I‘ve written and illustrated two books. Both are heavy on the illustrations and light on words. They’re the kinds of books publishers call “Gift Books.” That doesn’t make me a publishing expert, but I’ve learned a lot along the way and I want to share it with you in case you’re thinking of going down the same road. Here’s how an illustrated-gift-humor book goes from “That’s a fun idea” to a cohesive, colorful 150 pages.

Author: iowagerry

Retired gentleman living with his wife and yellow lab in central Iowa. Charter member of Iowa Partners in Learning and the Ankeny Writers Workshop.

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