It's been a couple weeks ago now, but the Savannah Children's Book Festival was an incredible event! Here are some photos and videos from the event that might not be out there yet. A lot of the photos are from school visits leading up to the event.
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We got invited out to Angel Oak Elementary in Charleston, SC last week, and we had a great time! The students were great, and all very excited about their drawing activities. We'll be looking forward to our next opportunity to visit!
Happy New Year!!! We just signed with Small Press United, the younger sibling to Independent Publishers Group, and we are super excited to have them as our distributor! This comes just after our first year in independent publishing, and what a year it was! We got through our first run of 1000 copies of Heave Ho!, and now that we've got the second print run stocked at the SPU warehouse, we're looking forward to where this next big step will take us in 2016!
Here is a great interview with Richard Williams, the Director of SPU.
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.
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:
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.
This is the GIF animation I created for an ad spot on Picture Books Review. Working with animations is always frustrating for a while, but then very fulfilling when you see them come to life. If you couldn't tell by that statement, animation is not my specialty- luckily I have found a few ways to make it look like I kind of know what I'm doing though. Enjoy!
Here's a really cool review from Picture Books Review that focuses in more on the medium of Picture Books, rather than just Children's Books. Click on the page below to check it out.