“Duck” Revised, and Process Update

My wife thought the parts about the coyote were too graphic for the target age group. She is probably right that a coyote mangling a goose’s leg is a bit over the top for young children. But I still wanted to retain the sense of excitement, danger, and heroism. So I revised the story. My wife believes the new version is suitable for young children, and I believe that it maintains a sense of adventure, excitement, danger, and heroism.
I sent the revised version to my editor, received her feedback, and incorporated most of her suggestions into the Post-edited text which I just sent to my book interior design layout specialist for storyboarding.
Once she and I agree on the layout, I plan to send it to my illustrator. He and I will then individually come up with ideas for the scenes to depict in each illustration, then we’ll get on the phone and walk through each page of the storyboard together.
Most of the time we have almost exactly the same scene in mind for the bulk of the illustrations, but usually there are at least a couple where our ideas differ. In those situations, virtually always so far, one of us agrees that the idea of the other is the best one. When that occurs, more often than not, I like his idea better than mine and we go with it, but sometimes he likes my idea better and we go with that instead.
As always, your feedback is welcome and appreciated, but not expected.
I soon plan to present to you excerpts from the text of “The Duck Who Flew Upside Down” , and some of the sketches and full-color illustrations that will be created for this book.
With Love,

About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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2 Responses to “Duck” Revised, and Process Update

  1. utesmile says:

    I think your wife is right, whereas little red riding hood is really goory too…. if you think about it. I think though we are trying to be a bit more gentle. There is a book in Germany from a German author which we read as children and I can still quote some rhymes as it impressed me, and it is now marked as not politically correct and racist. It is the “Struwwelpeter” and the writer Dr. Heinrich Hoffman (1845) wanted to make people aware of some behaviour he saw. I wonder if you know it. Still through this book I decided never to chew my nails….. 🙂

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you for your feedback, Ute. I hadn’t heard of “Struwwelpeter” and the writer Dr. Heinrich Hoffman (1845). Thank you for mentioning the book and its author. I was a nail chewer/biter for nearly all of my childhood.

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