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Happy Birthday Heave Ho!!!!!

Hey hey y'all, just dropping a line to let you know about some great upcoming events. I'll be at the GA Literary Festival in Augusta on Nov. 7th, and then I'll be right here in Savannah on Nov. 14th for the Children's Book Festival- which just happens to mark the year anniversary of Heave Ho!!!!!! It's been a great first year as a DIY publisher, and the Heave Ho! crew and I are so incredibly grateful for all of the support, encouragement, and all around good vibes that everyone has been providing. We've moved a whole lot of books, traveled all over the eastern U.S., and shouted "Heave Ho!" with many a group of youngsters. Now as we approach a year in action, we've just signed with Small Press United (a subsidiary of Independent Publishers Group) for distribution- which will greatly broaden our reach and accessibility, and I'm already digging into the next book- so be on the lookout for some teaser posts in the coming months. 

 

Click on either of the posters below to find out more about the festivals. 

...and here are a few shots from the Early Learning Conference in Spring Hill, FL a couple weeks ago. 

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Lots and lots of school visits!!!

Fall is in full swing, it's even been a little bit chilly here in Savannah, GA the past week or so. Although I'm not a fan of the cold, I do love the fall season. Carving pumpkins, hayrack rides, corn mazes, and of course Halloween! 

The Heave Ho! crew and I have been doing a lot of school visits this October, and will be doing even more as we work our way toward the Savannah Children's Book Festival on November 14th, so keep an eye out for us coming your way. If we're not scheduled for your school, feel free to drop us a line here on the site, and we'll get something scheduled. 

Here are some moments from the school visits:

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In depth interview with Picture Books Review

I've been corresponding with Jonathan at Picture Books Review, and here's the interview that came out of the process. PBR is a site dedicated to the Picture Book, and not just Children's Books, so it allowed the chance for me to talk more about Industry, Design, and the Pros/Cons of Self-Publishing. 

Click on the Heave Ho! sketch below to go to the interview, and enjoy! This is actually the first time I've posted any of this preliminary work- maybe I'll devote a post to all of it later on. 

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Tour Updates!!!

Here's some more of what's been happening on the road. 

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Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival April 8-10, 2015

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Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival April 8-10, 2015

Our first stop on the road was Hattiesburg, MS for the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival at Southern Mississippi University.  

We got into town late on the 7th, and set up camp at a campground just outside of town. It was pretty nice sleeping out among all the frogs and crickets.  

These pictures give a little glimpse of the happenings over the course of the Fest.  

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Annette with the SuperTwinz was my table mate for the first day.  

Annette with the SuperTwinz was my table mate for the first day.  

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One stop shop! 

One stop shop! 

Ms. Janice is such a good soul. We look forward to working with her more in the future.  

Ms. Janice is such a good soul. We look forward to working with her more in the future.  

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Time to rest up for the final day.  

Time to rest up for the final day.  

I'm not a selfie taker, but I felt compelled to have this Jan van Eyck moment

I'm not a selfie taker, but I felt compelled to have this Jan van Eyck moment

The images below are from the De Grummond Children's Literature Collection. We of course wanted to see all those original artworks and process pieces. We missed the tour, but luckily Ms. Amanda was so kind that she skipped her lunch to give a special tour. Enjoy!

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Saw this incredible mural each day while taking the series of escalators.  

Saw this incredible mural each day while taking the series of escalators.  

Got to meet Gene Luen Yang!  

Got to meet Gene Luen Yang!  

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Curious George process pieces.   

Curious George process pieces.   

Yes!!!!  

Yes!!!!  

Rosemary Wells.  

Rosemary Wells.  

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These Ezra Jack Keats pieces are amazing in person! So much texture and bold design, these pics don't so them much justice.  

These Ezra Jack Keats pieces are amazing in person! So much texture and bold design, these pics don't so them much justice.  

Keats posing for his own reference.  

Keats posing for his own reference.  

EJK

EJK

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OG Snowy Day! 

OG Snowy Day! 

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Look at all those EJK originals! 

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Wonderful Writeup of Heave Ho! in the Hart To Heart column

There's a great blog here in town called SouthernMamas that is all the rage for mamas. I found out about it through Scribble Art Studio, since they post events and promotions on the blog quite regularly. Since it's such a great resource, I asked about getting Heave Ho! featured on the blog, and Anne Hart got back to me and said we could indeed get the book on there, but we should first feature it in her Hart To Heart column in the Savannah Morning News. This was, of course, an incredible added bonus!

Check out the article here.

 

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Incredible review of Heave Ho! from the Book Troll Real Escape blog!

The Heave Ho! cast and I are super-excited about our latest review from the Book Troll Real Escape blog. Karen (the Book Troll blogger) and her son (assistant Book Troll) sat down and read the book together. She tells of his excitement as they opened the package together, saw the book for the first time, and of his engagement with the story as the worms bravely came to the assistance of their worm buddies. I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed their enjoyment of the book, but I'll let you read it for yourself. 

"Once the story was done he joyful looked at me and said, “Mommy books about worms are the best!” I would have to say that Jose Lucio scored big in this house with Heave Ho!"

Click the Book Troll to read the whole review. 

 

"We will certainly keep this one around in our house and enjoy it over and over again. Plus we got two adorable worms in the book that are now “my best friends,” according to my three year old."

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Savannah Children's Book Festival 2014

Heave Ho! is officially out and in the world! The 2014 Savannah Children's Book Festival on November 15th was its debut, and quite a successful debut I must say. We sold a lot of books and gave away a ton of Worm stickers. Now it's time to plug away online and try to spread Heave Ho! all across the interwebs. 

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