The Ruby Be books are loosely based off of my mom's childhood. This means, I'm taking some creative liberties with the stories she has told me. Only her name is 100% accurate. To make it easier for kids to remember her large family I have simplified them and their personalities.
I'm finding that there's a lot of investment that goes into truly becoming an independent author. Established indie authors suggest creating an LLC, which I have wanted to do anyways. They also suggest buying your own ISBN numbers to ensure you have the rights to sell your books however you choose. I want to do both. Not cheap, but important to me, because I hope to write many books!
I'm working on getting my illustrations done in or before May, 2019. This means, I need to draw one or two illustrations a day. I'm working on it and haven't missed a day, yet!
Only was able to draw beans for the day. It's been a busy week at work. I dream of book writing being a primary job, but many book writers advise new writers to keep their day jobs.
Talking to my mom, I'm finding out more about gardening and how many of the plants she ate grew in their family garden!
"THE EASE OF MORE SPACE"
I'm getting in practice by using the tablet to draw all of these veggies. Yesterday was okra and today is corn! Lots of veggies to draw!
"TABLET CAME EARLY"
I opened up the tablet like a Christmas present. I got out a drawing for the day. Tomatoes! I have more tomatoes to draw because they are a semi-important part of one of the books.
"HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH"
Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for 28 fun facts about the Ruby Be books, the era it's set in, and more!
I am a Samsung Galaxy lady. I have had my eye on the Galaxy Tab A with S pen for a couple of years, since I currently draw with my Galaxy Note. It will be an easy transition. It comes in a few days and I am excited. I also made a draft of another book cover. If you want to see my draft covers, check out my Sketch page!
Learning the Adobe Illustrator Draw app, I've made a draft of one of the book covers. I plan to do one illustration or two a day, which will mean that I will be done with illustrations by this May! Afterwards, I can start formatting the books, using Vellum.