Final art for book #1 is due to the publisher next week. Problem is, I haven't been given the go ahead to begin the initial sketches, much less final art. Keep in mind, creating final art will be about a two month endeavor. I did receive an advance for this book many months ago, so I know we are still on. But it's kind of scary to have such a large project out there, sort of floating above my head like a storm cloud, ready to strike at an undetermined date.
Final art for book #2 is due in six months. That should be plenty of time provided we get going soon. I submitted thumbnail sketches, but I'm waiting the go ahead to start sketching final art.
Sketches for book #3 are due in December.
Nobody told me that magic was a necessary skill in illustrating for children's books.
On another note: I'm on the verge of developing a nervous eye twitch, as the result of checking my email every couple hours to see if my manuscript has been acquired, or rejected. No news is good news, I guess. But an eye twitch sure ain't.
Kidding, my eye isn't twitching, but my email-checking finger is.