Publishing: Finally it's Final!

Book 7 of the Writing is a Process series

Children - Educational
32 Pages
Reviewed on 10/07/2013
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Author Biography

Terri Kelley, M.Ed, is the author of the series of Writing Is a Process books, many other children’s picture books, as well as of the chapter book series, Gingerly. Her passion for writing and reading began when she was a very young girl. She was raised in Copperas Cove, Texas where she grew up in the country with horses and lots of freedom to explore her environment. It was an idyllic childhood that allowed her to use her imagination daily.

Terri is the mother of three. Terri raised her kids in Granbury, TX and Tomball, TX. Both of these communities offered excellent schools and a country atmosphere that Terri enjoys. Terri still has ties to both towns as well as treasured friends in both places.

As an adult, Terri has held a couple of different careers. After twenty successful years in business-to-business sales, Terri decided to change careers and teach. Her first teaching job was with Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston, TX. After a few years there, she became a teacher, a reading specialist, and a gifted and talented specialist in Tomball, TX. It was while she taught that she became aware of the kinds of books children enjoyed reading. She also noticed areas in need of good children’s books. You will find many of her books respond to these needs.

Terri is very happily married to her best friend, Michael. Together, they live in Oakridge, OR with their black Labrador, Oliver. Terri and Michael enjoy traveling together, fishing, going to the movies

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jacqueline Ruiz for Readers' Favorite

Publishing: Finally it’s Final! by Terri Kelley is the next book in Kelley’s Writing is a Process Series. This book takes us through the next step of the writing process – publishing. Once our book has been edited to perfection, it’s time to ship it off to the publisher. The first thing Kelley tells us to do is type up the final version of the book and add illustrations. Depending on what type of book you write and for what grade level, you may or may not have to do illustrations. In this book, for instance, Kelley adds illustrations to each page by Milena Radeva. Radeva’s colorful images brighten up each page and add more to each poem. Radeva has illustrated Kelley’s previous books so it’s a pleasure to see her drawings here once again.

Next, Kelley goes into selecting font type, size, and placement. She does this wonderfully, playing with the pages to show different ideas to the reader. She emphasizes the importance of these tools to make the story come alive. After the font and illustrations are done, Kelley talks to us about the book cover. This is the big one. The cover needs to catch the reader’s eye and the title needs to draw the reader in. As Kelley says, it should be something short and sweet. The reader is like a fish and the cover should hook and reel you in.

After all this, the final step is presenting but… that’s another book. I look forward to finishing the series!