Becoming an author is like being pregnant. My book, Journeys with a Tin Can Pilgrim, is about to meet the world soon — in just 16 days. I’ve been experiencing cravings for chocolate and crunchy things in the last few weeks as I race to finish the myriad of tasks needed for publication. The team at st. john’s press provided great feedback and excellent edits, not unlike birthing class teachers. Several friends also read the manuscript and offered helpful feedback.
Fortunately, no one (yet!) is telling me to push or breathe deeply. My inspiration comes from a higher source. Even my editor told me to pray about various options we considered for the final version of Journeys with a Tin Can Pilgrim! It is a gift to God and I’ve tried to faithfully convey the joy and peace found with Him through some bumpy roads.
Beyond text, however, is artwork and what are called ancillary pages (the dedication, acknowledgments and author bio, for instance). There’s a wonderful illustrator from Norway who turned a rough sketch of an idea into beautiful art. You’ll love her lighthearted and playful design element throughout the book. If you’d like to join my book group on Facebook, you’ll see a preview of the cover art.
I’ve also selected a number of my photographs for inclusion in the book. The book, like my blog, shows the beauty of God in Creation, the photographs communicate that theme as well. Here are a few in color of what we use in the book in black and white.
Please accept my apologies for not posting blog entries more often. I’ve got some wonderful pictures and notes from recent travels in Virginia, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts. Once the manuscript is out of my hands completely and in the printing process, I’ll be able to catch up a bit!