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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!