High winds. Trees down. No matter that a wind storm was taking place Monday at the Lazy Bee and plans for the vast clean up were needed, hand-holding the manuscript pages for Lebensborn and reading each page out loud continued on with Bud, for three intense days. A five-day deadline was looming.
“The proper way to let me know about a fix is to tell me the actual book page number, paragraph number, line number, word number, what the problem is and the fix. Present it like this: Page 56, Paragraph 4, Line 2, Last word: period is missing. Add period. Page 79, Paragraph 3, Line 6, word 4; “peak” should be “peek.”
By the end of the third day, the first and second revisions had been corrected and sent to Bonnie, the book’s designer. Final sign off and dedicated work on our forested property both happened Friday. It was a good day.
In a week or two, the art department will request more information for their design of the book’s cover. The design of the text block is crisp and clean, so less will be more when it comes to art work on the cover.
Visual components may include: the dual-cowl Mercedes Phaeton, a convertible by definition, the gates of the SS house with the French girl looking out of a window at the Lebensborn next door, a silhouette of Major Hurst in the SS gray uniform with the Mercedes behind him. Will the artist do the art or incorporate a photo from their collection?
In another month, I may be able to hold the book. For a moment there will be the fleeting feeling of exhilaration which comes after a long-term project has been reached. But, then, comes the real work: letting people know about Lebensborn. Marketing Lebensborn becomes the next part of this blog.