Miss Maple’s Seeds: F&G’s

The F&G’s for Miss Maple’s Seeds are in! This is exciting for two reasons:

1) I get to walk around saying “F&G!”, and nobody can scold me.

2) I get to see a beautiful printed proof of my book, all laid out and paginated.

As you’ve likely deduced by now, F&G is not a literary swear word – it stands for “folded and gathered”.

 F&G: “folded and gathered”. A complete printed proof of a book (stack of signatures) that hasn’t been trimmed or bound, and excludes the hard-cover.

F&G’s are the final chance to make sure there aren’t any errors and that the printing and colors are of the quality we’re after. It’s so exhilarating to see in print!

I would never have thought certain things like an ISBN, listed retail price, publisher’s logo, and copyright page could make me go giddy. But there you have it – it’s those details that make the whole thing feel more real!

Interesting side story – I usually get all my Penguin mail from my editor’s assistant, Sara Kreger, whom I discovered (via Facebook, where else?) is also the sister of a college friend, Laura Kreger, from UW-Stout. Crazy small world, eh?

And here’s a little peek at the first spread, just to wet your whistle:

I can’t wait to introduce Miss Maple to the whole wide world on April 4th, 2013!

New Site

After a long time in the works I’m happy to have the new site up and running! I’m looking forward to being able to share sketches, updates, new illustrations, and helpful notes and resources.

A few specifics on the site – what I chose, and why: My previous site was built in Flash; beautifully designed, functioned simply and smoothly. A big thanks to my super talented husband who built it for me!

My Old Site

My beautiful old Flash site

Unfortunately iPods/Pads don’t support Flash sites, and I’ve learned it’s essential to go with an html site that’s easily accessible from all media. So I had to bite the bullet and let go of my site. While it’s a lot of work to build a new one, I saw this as a great opportunity to create a site that would function as both a blog and portfolio website, something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile. I needed to have the ability to customize the look of the site, while being able to easily update it without needing to know any html coding or CSS (or more likely, have someone else do it for me). After a bit of research the option that seemed best was using WordPress with the Headway theme. The steps involved included:
– downloading the files from WordPress.org
– getting it installed on my web-host for my domain name (which took some calls to GoDaddy support)
– buying the Headway theme and uploading it to WordPress
– building the site
Headway is a theme that allows for designing the site layout easily and visually. It also features a photo gallery plugin with thumbnails that works great for portfolio navigation. Here’s an idea of what it looks like in the works:

Headway's Visual Editor

Now that all that technical work is complete, last step – keep on posting!