Book Production

Book Production

One of the things I love to do is produce books. The latest project I worked on was with a talented group, including writer Alan C. Elliott, Anna A. Kwai, and illustrator Evelyn Morgan. I was brought on the project to design and layout the book. Rescuing JFK: How Solomon Islanders Rescued John F Kennedy and the Crew of PT-109

That includes taking the script from a word document and illustrations in 300dpi jpegs and laying them out in InDesign to be sent to press like Ingram Spark or Amazon. For both hardback, softback, or ebook. This particular book is set in 6×9 inches for softback printing.

The design includes laying out how each illustration will fit on the page and how the text will flow around or through the image—chapter heading, call-outs, and page number designs.

I assist the writer or illustrator on how Ingram Spark works and help guide them through setting up their own publishing company. This way, they control their business and their books for all time.

Creative Cat Media’s Cindy Rodella-Purdy was indispensable in getting our project finished on time and of the highest quality. We were impressed by the creative ideas Cindy brought to the project and her expertise in not only designing our book but providing valuable information about how to make it the best-looking book possible. Many kudos to Cindy for her patience, expertise, and creativity.

Alan C. Elliott

Katy’s Trail is Available for Pre-Order

Katy’s Trail is Available for Pre-Order

Since today is “National Buy a Book Day” I thought it would be a great time to announce that Katy’s Trail is out and available for Pre-Order on September 30!

This book has been on a journey for a couple years now and I couldn’t have done it without the support and critiques from my fellow writers at SCBWI and Highlights Foundation, where I first workshopped it in 2018.

Katy’s Trail

When separated from her owner during a move to a new city, Katy the bike is faced with life-changing events that put her in a rack of forgotten bikes. Will Katy join her sad group of new friends in their belief that she too has been forgotten? Or will Katy find a new path that leads to happiness and joy? Join Katy on her quest to find happiness on the trail of life, where there are many hills to climb.

Available for Pre-Order Today!

Leonardo the Drone Book 1

Leonardo the Drone Book 1

Hey gang, I’ve got some great news to share! I’ve illustrated a newly published children’s book,
“The Adventures of Leonardo the Drone: Book 1: Photos from the Sky,”
written by John A. Purdy.

ABOUT THE BOOK – Leah’s love for photography takes a new direction as she learns to take photos from the sky when Leonardo the Drone comes into her life!

Links to Drone Photos & Videos –  As a bonus option, the reader or their parent can point their phone or tablet camera at the embedded QR graphic and a web browser can be launched to show Leonardo’s actual drone photos and videos seen in the book.


Go to the Leonardo the Drone Books website to learn more:
This is a great holiday gift for kids!

Thanks for considering purchasing this book. – CiN

Here is a sneak peek into my studio and a couple of scenes from the book.

Check out the time lapse video to see how an illustration comes to life.

I take lots of photos for reference when illustrating a book. Usually they are of me standing in different positions to make sure that I have the angles right. This time I also had drone pics to help bring Leonardo to life. These images started on paper and were completed using Procreate on the iPad.

New Coloring & Picture Book

New Coloring & Picture Book

Muffet Frische & Cindy Rodella-Purdy announce the release of their first ALL-IN-ONE Coloring Book and Picture Book: There’s A Bug In My Rug!



UGH! There’s a bug in my rug!

Where did this crazy bug come from? And how did it get here?

This first book in Ten Story Books’ “Color-Me-A-Story” series brings you an ALL-IN-ONE coloring and picture book for young children.

The engaging story keeps children entertained while helping them build early phonics skills by incorporating words that share the same spelling pattern.

Inside are thirty-two beautifully illustrated pages full of fun and frolic.

The book includes an easy-to-read font for early readers, and “BUILD-A-BUG,” a drawing activity after the story!

Have your kids pick up their favorite crayons, colored pencils, and markers, and unleash their creativity!

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