Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Dianna, My Peepz, and a Mickey mouse check
Yes, I know; My blog life has slacked up. With so many things going on, I sort of put Rants and Raves on hold. Here's a quick recap:
Saturday, I attended Dianna Aston's book signing. She has several spring 2006 releases (see Spooky Cyn's post for details). That day, I also walked right into a make-shift critique group. Mark Mitchell, Liz Scanlon, Frances Hill, and I, have decided to form a writing group in which we will focus on picture books. I'm going to take the charge, follow up with everyone, and organize a first meeting to ensure this doesn't fall through the cracks. Everyone was so enthusiastic, so I think this will be a good thing for us all. Holler if you'd like to be included. I have no idea how big or small these groups should be, but I would think 6 to 7 people would be a comfortable size.
Finished the art for the 2007 My Peepz calendar! I have to admit, I wasn't excited about doing this second year art. Last year's calendar — though it sold out — hardly made anything. But my licensing agent says, with a calendar, the first three to four years are spent building a following.
My first instinct was to slop something out, recycling art from last year. But, as an artist, concerned only with producing the highest quality, I couldn't bring myself to do that. So, the My Peepz 2007 calendar is even stronger than the year before!
I received my first royalty statement, and was inclined to throw the envelope into my files, not bothering to open it up. Usually, they contain a couple of worthless 8-and-a-half, by 11-inch sheets of paper, good only for a nasty paper cut, if I'm not careful. But this one — Mickey Mouse dancing in the corner — was a bit heavier than normal. Jump at the Sun Treasury had a nice little payoff — a full car payment!