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School Library Journal Gives BURIED ALIVE a Stellar Review!

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School Library Journal Gives BURIED ALIVE a Stellar Review!

There comes a time in the life cycle of any creative endeavor, whether it be a book, film, or interactive tourism app/digital book, when it must be allowed to venture forth and take on an existence beyond its creator.

Ironically, this often coincides with the point when the creator can’t bear to live with it anymore.

She has birthed, nurtured, examined, revised, tested, corrected, and tweaked the project until she can no longer see it clearly. Still, she carries on polishing and buffing the stone, fretting over the flaws in the marble. She questions this color choice, that turn of phrase, and every navigational decision in between.

But there are deadlines to meet and promises to keep, so ready or not, out it goes. With a deep breath, a kiss, and a silent prayer, she pushes “send” on the submission. Then, she suddenly, desperately wishes she hadn't.

Consumed with fear, she worries...

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In the Footsteps of Giants is Now Called Buried Alive

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In the Footsteps of Giants is Now Called Buried Alive

Same story. New look. New name.

You gave us your feedback and we listened. Throughout our beta-testing process, many of you confided that you didn’t really understand the meaning of the title In the Footsteps of Giants: Michelangelo, the Medici & David. Others let it be known that this title was not only confusing, but a bit too academic.

Motivated by our goal to never be boring, we reached out to ask your help in finding a more fitting name.

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Putting the Past in its Place

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Putting the Past in its Place

A year ago this month, Mary Hoffman delivered her initial story treatment for Time Traveler Tours & Tales launch title, In the Footsteps of Giants. That's when our treasure hunting, Round 1, began!

I’ve written about cracking the character code of our Time Traveler Tours, and about their unique voice, as well as about finding the device that enables them to talk from the past.

But the key ingredient to any Time Traveler Tour is transporting you to a particular place and time, and not just any place and time, but...

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Cracking the Code on Characters

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Cracking the Code on Characters

In my last post, I wrote about how I found the voice of Time Traveler Tours thanks to a perceived failure. But the learning did not end there. Not by a long shot. It took another misstep en route to preparing our newest title, IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GIANTS, to make us realize we had not yet cracked the code as to who our characters should be, and what stories they should tell.

It was another lesson learned by trial and error on our way to developing our mission and vision for Time Traveler Tours & Tales...

What happened was this...

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