I’m really excited to share some news with you about a new project! Last year, I wrote a children’s book, “Blankie’s Diary”. I’m really proud of this piece and shopped around for an agent, but alas I couldn’t find one. That doesn’t mean it’s not an amazing book. It means that the publishing industry has shrunk down to only 3 or 4 major houses, and NONE will accept manuscripts without an agent. This is also true of many smaller houses, and agents are completely swamped with submissions.
One of the great things about self-publishing is that I get to choose my illustrator. You may not know this, but 90% of the time children’s book authors do not get to choose their own illustrator. Unless you’ve done the pictures yourself agents do not want to see the illustrations. Sometimes they don’t even want ones you’ve drawn yourself. That can be pretty scary as an author.
Luckily for me, one of my good friends is an astoundingly talented artist. Crystal McLain recently published her own coloring book, Lucid Dreams, and has had a long career creating and selling gorgeous artwork. I am beyond thrilled that she will be illustrating, “Blankie’s Diary” for me. We work very well together and she is truly making my vision come to life. Please check out her Facebook Page, “Art and Books by Crystal McLain” For more examples of her wonderful work, as well as some sneak peeks at our book in the weeks to come.
We are hoping to have the book out in early November so that it’s ready for Holiday gifts.
In addition to,”Blankie’s Diary” I also have 3 books in production with Zoozil Media. I can’t say anything about them because of contractual obligations, but I hope to get you all in the loop soon!