Doing business with my sister Lesley Evans is a rather special experience.
Recently she kindly agreed to do illustrations for three of my novels: they will be needed when I finally get around to reformatting my backlist as ebooks and publishing them on Kindle.
Now, three illustrations turned out to be quite a big ask.
- First Lesley re-read the three novels and selected three memorable scenes.
- Then she created the illustrations one by one.
- Then she scanned the illustration for Humming. (Too small.)
- Got her son to scan it again. (OK.)
- Then she scanned the illustration for Farewell Speech. (Too small.) And again and again. (Still too small.)
- Then she took the Farewell Speech illustration to a scan-shop and paid to have it scanned.
- Then she bypassed all the stress and sent the Limits of Green illustration to me by mail, and it was too big for my machine, so I had it scanned.
After this circus, Richard Parkin incorporated the illustrations into three terrific ebook covers, and sent me his perfectly reasonable invoice. Which I paid the same day: Alice and I are always delighted with his work.
I asked Lesley for her invoice, and she sent it by post. It's on my whiteboard, beaming benevolence and equanimity.