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!