Mallissa met Pat by way of Pat’s granddaughter, Amanda, on May 25 and that’s when our new product became a much welcomed and anticipated reality—no longer a concept.
When Mallissa arrived at Pat’s home, she was warmly greeted at the door by a little woman with sparkles in her eyes and an infectious smile. Sitting on the kitchen table were old photo albums and quite a few stacks of papers with beautiful handwriting on them. Neither one could hardly contain their excitement—they dived in!
We learned that Pat was an avid reader and absolutely adored books. She’d been writing essays about her life for years and had been extremely interested in having them put into a book. She said she was overwhelmed at the thought of trying to pick and choose what to include, what photos to use, and what could be left out. Mallissa told her not to worry, she was there to help with every aspect of her book, including decision making. She started to ask questions about Pat’s life to get a feel for what was most important to her. She was at ease with Mallissa and talked freely about her life and upbringing which is so very important because it helps Mallissa during the design process. The more she knows about the subject of a book the more the book’s design reflects its contents. They looked at some very, very old photos—one was actually on a metal plate from the early 1880s! You read about them but to truly see and feel one is awe-inspiring. The afternoon seemed to slip through our fingers and it was time to head back to the office and dig in.
Our second step (first was to meet with Pat) was to type all her original handwritten pages into a file. We were given a second batch after the first was accomplished. When all the typing was finished we had typed a total of 76.5 pages. Because Pat’s writings were all based on years, without doubt we designed her book in the same manner. Whomever was born first was the first written about and so on and so forth. We included a family tree at the front of her book so people reading it would have a better understanding of her family and the contents inside. As well as to know names, dates and locations if family members wanted to unearth their own findings.
After all the pages were typed, next was to scan 38 photos and place them in the appropriate sections. We also burned all the scans onto a DVD for Pat. It’s very important to us that she be able to reproduce them if so chooses.
Our last measure in the design process is to print the pages and have the author, Pat, read each and every word to be sure everything is to her liking. After very few minor type tweaks and deletions, we were ready to send her book to the printer. One day short of exactly 2 months from the day we met.
Mallissa told Pat from the very beginning that she believed her family would fall in love with her stories. Pat wasn’t too convinced UNTIL she receive her first book and show her treasured achievement. Needless to say she ordered more than she ever expected.
The day the two meet Pat told Mallissa that she had been finished writing for a few years and that she wouldn’t be writing anymore. Mallissa recalls a phone conversation the two had on a Friday during which Pat told her it would be a miracle if she started to write again. The following Monday they were talking and at the beginning of the call Pat said she didn’t think she’d be writing anymore. By the end of the call she said she guessed she better get started writing again. We couldn’t be more thrilled and tickled to have sparked her love of writing again! We can hardly wait to see what the next 30 years held for you and your family.
Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to Pat for allowing us into her home, life and history. Our journey together with you is one that will truly never be forgotten. We were presented a gift the day we met—thank you. We wish you happy writing!