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8B Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Dora Mitchell designed the cover for her book "The Haunted Serpent." It wasn't her first choice, but that's life as a published author. The book goes on sale June 5. A book signing takes place June 6 at Barn Owl Books in Quincy, from 4 to 6 p.m. BIB' 'The Haunted Serpent' release June Victoria Metcalf get the kids after school." Some Assistant Editor of those students might vmetcalf@plumasnews.com remember her from her story times and sunnner reading It was a golden moment when programs when stie was the Dora Mitchell's fn'st two copies children's librariar at the of her debut novel "The Haunted library in Quincy. Serpent" arrived from Sterling Along with free bookmarks Children's Books. promoting the book, Mitchell For the Quincy resident it was said there will be drawings for a long-awaited dream come true prizes. as she admired the raised lilac-colored lettering of the Dream to write book's title on its cover. It's like the old adage, which Her artwork even graces the came first, the chicken or the front cover and appears egg? That's the way it is when throughout the book. Mitchell is asked if she wanted The book is available for sale to be a writer or an illustrator beginning Tuesday, June 5. To first. help her celebrate everyone is She loves books. She loves art. invited to join her at a book That's why she earned her signing to promote "The bachelor's in art and her Haunted Serpent" on master's in children's library Wednesday, June 6, at Barn Owl services. Books, 343 Main St. in Quincy, She has always wanted to from 4 to 6 p.m. write books and began this novel Mitchell said that it is years ago. In fact, she finished important to her to start the the book before her fn'st agent event early. "Hopefully (we'll) agreed to take her on on This could be the ghost that Spaulding Meriweather discovers next Spring is here and just like Sterling Children's Books promised, so is door. According to a synopsis the neighbor was eaten by his boa. It the completed debut novel by Quincy resident Dora M. Mitchell. Photo happens, by Victoria Metcalf Mitchell's terms. Once she had an agent, that agent began scouting a publishing house looking for the kind of young adult novel Mitchell had written. Sterling, one of New York City's top five publishing houses, happened to be interested, she said. Those just turned out to be the first steps in another lengthy process. The first editor began working with Mitchell and her book. Then others joined the process, each with his or her strengths and purpose. Then the art editors joined the process. Not only were the editors making suggestions for changes to improve the work Mitchell originally created, the art editor was making suggestions. Sometimes it was the art that needed a change, sometimes it was the storyline to better represent the art. This process with all of its deadlines took months. In the end, Mitchell is quite pleased with the book, but one illustration of a map that was noted for change didn't get done. Mitchell said she repeatedly pointed it out, but it got overlooked as proofs went back and forth. Also, the front cover isn't the original one Mitchell designed. One of the editors thought the one that now appears was better. Self:publiShing versus" : publishing houses There are pros and cons about whether self-publishing is the way to go or whether the often lengthy task of f'mding an agent and then a publishing house that will accept the work is better. For those who want complete control, self-publishing is the way to go, Mitchell has come to realize. Despite the years it took to f'md an agent she knew she could work with, and then waiting for a publisher tobecome interested in her book, Mitchell still believes it's right for her. "The teamwork makes it so much better," she said. 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