“Working with Emerald Books reminds me of my team in the book and how closely they worked together,” Pillsbury said. “I have no words for how grateful I am.”
He began work with a professional editor and proofreader, Dr. Jessica Hammerman, who is also a history professor. Isaac Peterson, the design lead with 20 years of experience in the field, lent his talent to designing artwork for The Time-Traveling Texan.
“Jake’s adventures in time fit the real framework of events and it made the book exciting, especially from a historical perspective,” Peterson says. “Editing can be a long, intense experience, but once we heard about Rick’s situation, we made the process as efficient as possible without taking any shortcuts.”
Even with treatments that zapped his energy, Pillsbury focused on every detail and worked with Hammerman and Emerald on his characters and structure.
“He might not have realized that we were working in a faster, more intense way than we normally would, but he was up for it,” Hammerman adds. “He was always able to hash through the fine details of character and plot in a kind of a marathon sprint format.”
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Nirmani finally reached out to the right editor and connected with a global publishing organization called Emerald Books. “I was very lucky enough for them to say, ‘we want to publish your book,’ and I said yes,” said Walpola.
This accomplishment isn’t the end of her story.
“So many rejections kind of put me down a little.” Nirmani said. “If it wasn’t for my family, I don’t think I’d have gotten back up after that.”
Eventually, global publishing company Emerald Books saw her potential.
“I finally got that yes.” Nirmani said.
She has already started on a sequel, and hopes to inspire other kids wanting to write.
“I really want to tell them to go for it,” said Nirmani. “Do anything and just keep pushing on. Don’t give up, because who knows where it might take you.”