Six months after my publisher and I began our search for an artist to illustrate my first authored picture book biography, we finally have our artist! But I can't reveal the person's name yet. Bummer, bummer, bummer! I think I'm gonna burst. And I must admit, for those who are wondering, the idea of another artist illustrating my manuscript is a bit, um, awkward. More so than I originally thought it would be. But am extremely, extremely happy and honored to have a person of his/her stature sign on to this project. Again, I can't say who the artist is, but I will say this:
The artist who will illustrate Bill . . .
. . . was one of my top three choices to illustrate this book. I'm a big fan of the artist's work, and I have at least four of his/her books in my personal collection.
. . . is a Coretta Scott King award recipient.
. . . has one of the most distinctive (coolest) styles of illustration in children's publishing today.
. . . is the perfect choice to illustrate this book, given the subject matter. This story was made for this artist, and you'll understand why I say this when you read the book.
I look forward to what (fill in the blank) will bring to this book. It will publish in the spring of 2010.