The Publisher's Weekly announcement came out today for Halloween Goodnight (to be illustrated by amazing Norwegian artist, Ella Okstad). Now this is how I like to ring in a new year! It feels more real, less "oh-my-word-what-if-I-dreamed-it-all?" unbelievable. In fact, at first it felt so unbelievable, I didn't make any announcements until now. Despite receiving the offer on Halloween - of last year!
What a crazy day that was. Taking the call in the car in a parking lot while nursing six-week-old Kilian. Going back inside (a school event for the kids) feeling about to burst with emotions: joy, excitement, satisfaction, and wanting to yell the news to everyone I saw but being terrified I'd somehow jinx the deal if I uttered so much as a syllable.
And now I get just a smidgen more of that feeling, with a smidgen less of the fear. Because now that it's out in the world, it's official.
My next release, Violet and the Woof, coming October 9th, 2018, has an official cover! And here it is:
How *I* promoted my first book, which may not be how you (or anyone else) would promote anything, but just in case you're an author with a book releases looming and you're thinking, "What the heck do I do?" you can glean inspiration from me.
Way back in July I was arranging events to welcome Halloween Good Night into the world, but it didn't occur to me then that all the great plans I made meant I'd actually have to do things and go places. At 32 weeks pregnant, as a homeschooling mama of five already, this doing and going get complicated.
I did a lot of googling, considering, wondering before I decided to make postcards to go along with my first book's release. I needed to think about time it would take to design, expense to print, ultimate usefulness. Ultimately I decided in favor of postcards, and I'm glad I did. Below discover why!
Today my happiness came in the form of an email from my editor at Atheneum Books. My first review for Halloween Good Night from Publishers' Weekly. Seriously?!? A starred review!
The book trailer trend peaked around 2014 and most publishers don't do them anymore, but now that my first book is just about to be released, I couldn't help myself. Who wouldn't want an adorable audio-visual treat featuring their very own book?
And then there were three ... books by me! It is with supreme delight that I announce Eerdmans Books for Young Readers will be publishing my picture book, Mama Earth's New Year. Yay!
I have a book cover, people! For my first-ever-to-be-published picture book, Halloween Good Night! Illustrated by the incredible Ella Okstad! Due out from Atheneum Books for Young Readers (a division of S&S) July, 2017! And the cover? IS FREAKING ADORABLE!!!!
I ambled over to my agent's website today (ok, hubby sent me a link) and discovered...
She'd shared the cover to Halloween Goodnight!
When the tax documents come from...