Well, actually I went fishing yesterday, but...
Today, I finished all of the inside illustrations for Ron! All 16 paintings. I finished the requested revisions (which really made a big difference — thanks Sara). I fixed inconsistencies. I'm done, and it feels so good.
In addition, I approved the back flap copy, which will read simply:
Rose Blue had a long career as a writer, teacher, scriptwriter and lyricist. Ms. Blue died in 2004.
Corinne Naden has worked as an editor and journalist and has written many books for children. She lives in Westchester, New York.
Don Tate is the award-winning illustrator of Summer Sun Risin’ by W. Nikola Lisa. He lives in Austin, Texas with his family. Visit his website and blog at www.dontate.com.
(I may request that they include the book Sure As Sunrise because it's a Texas Bluebonnet recipient, so it will be familiar to many a Texas librarian).
I also submitted a new catalog photo, which likely will print with the back flap copy, too. Vainglorious as I am, I took the photo myself. I set up two studio lights in the bathroom, set my wife's clothes hamper on the bathroom sink in front of the mirror — camera head level — then set my camera's timer to give me 10 seconds to smile and strike a pose. Inventive of me, huh?
Last but not least, Jason, the book designer, combined several of my inside paintings into one image to propose a brilliant cover concept (which I don't have permission to share, so I'll wait). I'll begin working the cover immediately, with a goal of finishing it it two weeks, preferably less (because I badly need a small, immediate-paying freelance project).
Then it's on to Duke and Effa.