I made a mistake in my post yesterday. I said that a NG/MB book would publish in the winter of 2007. It will actually publish in the winter of 2008. My apologies to the author and illustrator, but I had no idea that some catalogs printed so far in advance — in this case, more than a year away.
All the catalogs I received this week were Harper Collins imprints. And I must have received every one except Harper Festival, which is the one catalog I'm especially looking forward to receiving since a book I illustrated — ZOOM! will be in that one.
Because of a rare fluke in my schedule (at my full-time gig), I ended up having next week off — 5 days! I didn't find out until today. That means I get a full 5 days of uninterrupted (except for family) time to finish my sketches for Dial! I was worried about making my deadline by Friday but that shouldn't be a problem now. Whaaaaa-hoooo!
I've been taking one-half-hour breaks at work (off the clock) and working on my chapter book. If you've been reading this blog for anytime, you know that I have several writing projects started but never finished. Most of them are nothing more than an idea written out in a few sentences. My YA verse novel, at this point, is nothing more than 15 to 20 verses. But this chapter book is flowing. I've noticed that the more I write and stick with it, the easier it gets.