I've been so heavily into my paintings, I forgot all about The Texas Library Association Conference next week. On Thursday at 11:15 a.m., and again at 2:00 p.m., I will be autographing my books, Summer Sun Risin' and Black All Around! at the Lee & Low Books booth (#2049). If you're there, be sure to stop by. Say hello. Help me to look popular.
I never did create a Brown Bookshelf T-shirt as planned. I'd wanted to wear it on the exhibit floor, to advertise to librarians about our website and initiatives. No time for that now, but when I do get around to creating the T-shirts, I'll post an announcement over at The Brown Bookshelf.
Regretfully, I'll have to miss the children's book blogger's tea, hosted by Anastasia Suen. The tea is on Tuesday, but I won't arrive to the conference until Thursday. Bummer.
Last week, I received my copies of signed contracts (and partial advance) for Bill, a picture book that will publish with Lee & Low Books. For many reasons, I will not be the illustrator for this project. For one, my illustration style is stylized, playful, borderline cartoon-y. The story is not. The publisher and I both felt an edgier, grittier style would be more appropriate. In addition, I already have two picture books lined up following Ron.
My editor contacted my top two choices for illustrators, and were still awaiting feedback. I'll post updates soon.
I finished the first draft of another picture book. I'll share it with my crit group after at least one full rewrite. At this point, the story is too loose and my main character's personality needs to be better definition. I've been asking myself: What will she do? Characters are defined by what they do and how they respond to conflict.
I got a full week ahead!