Ten writers for children. All with something to say.
In the next year and a half I will have four (yes, four!) new picture books released. I've never had this many books come out in such a short time period, and I'm very much looking forward to celebrating each title. They include:
IT'S A TIGER!, illustrated by Jeremy Tankard, which will be published this summer,
HOW MARTHA SAVED HER PARENTS FROM GREEN BEANS, illustrated by Mark Fearing, which will be published in the spring of 2013,
MOO., illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka, which will be published in the fall of 2013,
and a book tentatively called ART ATTACK, which will be published in late 2013, and illustrated by...me!
I am currently working on the revised sketches for this book. Today was a day of frustrations, where the revisions came painfully and slowly. How can it take me so long to do one tiny cartoon sketch of a baseball poster? I think about how much work I still have to do with these sketches, my shaky confidence in doing the final art, and the shrinking time frame I have to accomplish it all, then I start looking forward to when it will all be done....
But that's not the attitude I want to have. Instead, I want to look forward to working on this book each day. I want to recapture my spirit of trying to make this the best book I can. I don't want this to be chore, and it doesn't have to be. So I'm also looking forward to reframing my outlook as I tackle a challenge that I very much want.