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'm ridiculously thrilled in part because we have a ginormous collection of Eerdmans picture books, and every single one is unquestionably beautiful. The quality of this publisher's books for children is out of this world spectacular. I'm also thrilled because some of my favorite authors (Gary Schmidt!) have also published with Eerdmans. I'm awed and more than a little humbled to be joining their list of amazing authors.
What's the story that won them over? Mama Earth's New Year is a poetic personification of Mother Earth and a child's interaction with her. The story begins with the lines,
Mama Earth rustles her autumn wings
to cool her hot, tired face.
She sighs, and the first September frost
crackles over bowing stalks of corn.
And the story continues through each month, children floating paper boats, dressing pines in cranberry garland, until autumn comes again. I rather love it, and I'm so so glad my editor at Eerdmans does too.
Only hints about illustrators at this point, but that's part of the wonderful surprise of writing picture books. I believe were aiming for a spring, 2019 release, but all of that is subject to change. At the moment I'm still glowing. Hooray!
Change is good, yes? New baby, new writing projects, new website...
I’ve been quiet here this month, but for good reason! We’ve had a busy and exhausting few weeks. Weeks of waiting, of worrying, of planning and preparing. Finally on Friday December 8th we welcomed our sixth child into the world.
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.
Saturday marked another release event for my first book, Halloween Good Night, and once again, we had amazing fun. Schuler Books in Grand Rapids set up everything from tables with crafts to treat bags to a cup of water for the visiting author (what, for me?!?).
I've been delighted by the sweet and adorable and creative artwork children have shared with me. So much so that I've added a gallery page! Find it under the Book & More tab above. Or enjoy a little preview...
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.
My first book release included another first: the first piece of fan art I've received! After the reading and food and crafts, one sweet girl came to get her book signed, and to show me the ADORABLE picture she'd colored and decorated (one of the coloring pages available here). She agreed to allow me to share it (her mom, too), so here it is!
The release party for my first book happened just over a week ago now, and it was crazy! Crazy busy, crazy fun, crazy full of awesome people. A week (and a bit) later, I'm still glowing.
Here's the official full event list. Share it all. With ALL the people. I want to pack out every venue!
For Immediate Release (This is my press release!)
Counting With Globsters: Halloween Good Night is A Sweet and Not-So-Scary Educational Picture Book