Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

At long last

The proof came in!

It's shiny and pretty and the only things that need to be fixed will take a matter of minutes! The pictures and the texture look way better than I thought they would. I'm really proud. After those few tweaks are made The Balloon Lady will be available - probably this week - in time for Christmas!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Proof Copy

A few days ago I ordered my proof copy of the print book, and according to Fedex it should be here tomorrow!

I'm super excited, especially since I also got an email from lulu saying that the iPad version of my book is processing in the apple store and may take longer than they thought.

Hopefully the proof will look good and we won't need to make any major changes so we can release in time for christmas.

Here's hoping.

Saturday, December 4, 2010


This week, the eBook version of The Balloon Lady was published on lulu - last night, we finalized the cover for the print version and ordered a proof copy! It should be here in about 10 days, and if everything is good with that, then it'll be released to the public in time for christmas!

I'm incredibly proud of myself right now - I feel like I did something amazing. I started and finished a huge project on a ridiculous time-table (because I wanted to actually finish it) and it worked, and so far I'm completely thrilled with the quality.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Coming Soon

I successfully uploaded the ePub version today and you can find it here - bear in mind, that it's not yet available in print or in iBook but those won't be much longer! I'll update as soon as they launch. In the meantime, check out lulu, enjoy the promo, and like the project on facebook!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Formatting Fun

Note to self: include front pages before formatting the book.

Formatting is taking a little longer than I thought for one simple reason: I suck at it. Thankfully, Alex is helping me in his spare time. First we were going to do a landscape 8.5x11, only to find out that doesn't exist and the only landscape template available is 9x7 - so we spent a day or two re-working everything to make it fit the new size.
Now it's all fitted, and I think I need another page or two on the inside....

Monday, November 29, 2010


Ella Roselyn is actually my pen name. My real name is Kierstyn King (yes, the illustrator). This month has been an experiment in writing, sort of my own adventure on top of an adventure and a motivation for me to continue even when I became discouraged.

I'm proud to say it worked. I've managed to write and illustrate an inspiring and well written story in less than a month. Oddly, I think writing it under an alias and on a crazy time table enabled me to do it better than I would have otherwise. Less over-thinking, more writing and when I wasn't doing that, I was painting.

Emotionally, it's been a roller-coaster. When I was talking about days feeling like I was just oozing everywhere and pouring my soul on to pages I meant it. It feels weird to be done, except for the few things I have left to do - like upload the file and publish. After a month of working like nuts, rest is weird, I feel a little lost, and a little healed. I had to face some things while writing, I realized some things about myself - some things I don't yet understand. Like why do I love even when it's painful and it'd be easier to forget? is it because it's worth it, even though it's emotionally hard, or is it because I just don't know what else to do? Is writing this story even worth it?

It's a kid's book, to be sure, but to me, it's so much more than that.