Writing and publishing a book is a strange test on your perception of time. I spent 2013 working with my editor to make Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) the best it could be. I spent 2014 working on my bunny book with her, and not doing much on Snappsy. And now! Suddenly! All at once! Lots of Snappsy things are happening. It will be published February 2, 2016, which sounds far away, but at this point, to me, seems like it’s tomorrow.
Last week I saw all the illustrations in color for the first time. I’ve been loving the black-and-white sketches I’ve seen, but OH WOW seeing it in color was amazing. Tim Miller is a genius illustrator.
And now, if you’re so inclined, you can add Snappsy to your Goodreads to-be-read list, and even pre-order it on Amazon. It’s not on Indiebound yet, and I’ll let you know when it is. And you can walk in to your local independent bookstore, ask about it, and buy a few more books while you’re there (I recommend I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty and illustrated by Mike Boldt, Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea, Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora, Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson, In Mary’s Garden by Tina and Carson Kugler, Faraway Friends by Russ Cox, Goodnight Already! by Jory John and illustrated by Benji Davies, Tricky Vic and Templeton Gets His Wish by Greg Pizzoli, and Home by Carson Ellis.)