I have an illustrator!

If you’re not involved at all in the publishing world, it might be surprising how much waiting you do when making a book. If you are in the publishing world, it’s still kind of surprising. It’s a lot of waiting: waiting for people to read your words, to fix your words, to find someone to draw your words.

But it’s good. This is a book, with your name on it, so you want it to be a lovely thing. It’s not something to rush. Remember last July, when I announced that Viking would be publishing my debut picture book? Maybe you were wondering about updates. Well, my amazing editor, Joanna Cardenas, and I worked together to refine the text. The text was finalized in October, and then I held my breath and waited. Who would draw my words?

And now, finally, I can tell you: TIM MILLER. I am so happy I could cry. I did, actually. First, go to his website and look at his amazing art. Then go to his Instagram account and see! for the very first time! an initial sketch of Snappsy. (While you’re at it, why not follow him on Twitter too, if you do the Twitter thing.)

Tim, I’m thrilled, and so, so excited that we’re making our debut together. YAY!

Comments (10)

  1. Darshana April 8, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Congratulations Julie! Love that first sketch.
    Looking forward to following your journey. 🙂

  2. Miranda Paul April 8, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Awesome. So thrilled for you and Tim. 2015 is just around the corner now! 🙂

  3. Sharon April 8, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    So cool, Julie! I look forward to reading it!

  4. Elyse April 8, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Tim is an incredibly talented illustrator! So very happy for your new book. Can’t wait!

  5. Laura S. April 9, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Congratulations! Looks like a perfect pairing! Hurry up and arrived 2015- so we can read Julie’s story!

  6. Telly Halkias April 9, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Congrats, Julie! Wow, that sketch has echoes of Bernard Warer’s “Lyle, Lyle Crocodile” with a hint of elan from H.A. Ray’s “Curious George.” Mr. Miller is a great talent, as are you. Love it; looks like a good match for your story. 2015 is coming soon, and so must something I can put in the local press about you and your book. Hope you and the fam are well.

  7. Stacy S. Jensen April 10, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Congratulations. I love the drawing. It looks fun and 2015 is fast approaching.

  8. Lauri Meyers April 14, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Congratulations! I’m sure snappsy will love coming to life.

  9. Beth Stilborn April 16, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Wonderful news, Julie! (And I was just getting caught up on all my email reading, and saw the announcement in Publishers Weekly! How exciting!)

    Love the first glimpse of Snappsy.

  10. Kelli Panique April 18, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    That’s amazing, Julie!! Congrats!!

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