There’s a few great moments in regards to working on a picture book.
Getting the first set of proofs is usually right up there. The first concrete sign that what you have been working on for perhaps three years, sometimes longer, is nearly an actual thing that other people will get to see and share. The proofs are proof.
Of course you get a bit nervous scanning the proofs for any mistakes, things overlooked. Visual inconsistencies. Yeah, that’s kind of scary. But overall it’s a good thing to get them.
Below are the first proofs for A Very Witchy Spelling Bee which is already listed on Amazon.com. No art yet but the book’s placeholder is there. It’s won’t be for sale until next Fall. So there’s still some waiting involved in this.