What an honor to have South Magazine do an article on me and my children's books! It's just now hitting the stands, so pick up your copy today! This one is the Arts and Celebrations issue, so I get to hang out in the magazine with a lot of my favorite Savannah folks like Clinton Edminster, Britt Spencer, Liz Winnel, and more! Click on the cover below to read the piece.
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.
The interior of the book is all ready to go, so now I have the task of designing the cover. I'm sure there are some artists that would say this needs to be done much earlier in the process, but for me- I don't think the cover of the book should dictate what happens within the book- instead, the cover idea will be revealed after spending time in the story. Also, there's quite a bit of editing and rearranging throughout the whole process, so the story can make some significant changes throughout the whole process. Therefore, I won't truly have an idea of what the cover should be until I have the story and illustrations locked into place.
Having said all that, I'm still trying out a few different versions of the cover, which I'll share with you here. Please let me know what you think of them, and which is your favorite. When it comes to design, I really scrutinize, but when it comes to a cover design, I scrutinize like crazy!
It's funny... the saying, "You can't judge a book by its cover", applies to a lot of things, but in this day and age, it really doesn't apply to books.
The images are numbered in the lower left-hand corner to help you declare your favorite version, or talk about certain elements of different covers. Please leave me some feedback. Thanks!
Awww, don't be sad, Orange- the book is just about wrapped up! I just had a phone meeting with the writer, Dan Wentzel, who lives in Seattle, and ironed out some things with the text, so now it's time to start laying it in.
The release date has been pushed back a little bit, because there's just no way we'll have it done by the Savannah Children's Book Festival, but it looks like we'll make it by the Christmas season.
Wow, it's been quite a while since I've posted here, but I assure you that it's for a good reason. Just about every possible moment of the past 6 months has been spent working on the new book. It's about a group of chickens making the transition from Caged to Free-Range. I'm about 75% done with the illustrations, and then I'll move on to laying in the text. The goal is to have it released in November at the Savannah Children's Book Festival, but that means I've got a lot of work to knock out in a relatively short amount of time!
Here are some sneak peeks.
Well that's all for now, but I'll try to take a few more breaks to post some status updates as I go. If you really would like to keep up with what's going on, please follow my Instagram account; it's just easier to post things on the fly over there.
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.
Have I told y'all lately that I love receiving mail?! Especially those that have bonus drawings! Here are a few from some recent school visits. If you'd like to see your skills showcased here, just send me some doodles to
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