The wholesomeness, honesty, and clarity of children's books makes every word selection matter that much more. Catherine is a true writer's editor. Every one of her edits was thoughtful and made Why Am I Me? better. I embraced all of Catherine's suggestions and, thereafter, I solicited her input on additional edits generated by me. I have published some fifty books, law review articles, and other scholarship in the law genre, and I also have edited extensively myself (e.g., a former Articles Editor for the Yale Law Journal). Working with Catherine was my most beneficial and enjoyable editor-writer experience to date.
The children's picture book genre was a new writing experience for me; I never had to consider visual presentation when writing in the past. In fact, I never had to work with a design/layout person in any meaningful capacity. I am an avid art collector and admirer, including an admirer of Michelle's talent-which I stumbled upon in the Spanish Village artist community during a conference trip to San Diego. Given the demand for her work, I never expected Michelle to agree to illustrate Why Am I Me?, and her illustrations even surpassed my expectations. Still, how would the book come together? Thanks to Michelle, seamlessly and brilliantly! Michelle is a special design talent with a deep well of experience and an arsenal of skills. She was able to translate my written words and Michelle's illustrations into the whole that we were striving to communicate, and to make it more. As with Catherine, the experience was entirely positive and constructive-tension-free and wonderful!
I've never felt like I could ever publish a book until I was guided to Mrs. Tommie. Ally-Gator Bookbites is a great environment for authors, illustrators and editors to get started on their dreams. I couldn't have asked for a better teacher, guide and friends. Thank you Ally-Gator Bookbites!!