Hey! So I haven’t written a post in a LONG TIME. I know that. I’ve been busy. Doing what?
* I finished the STOP dummy (book with illustrations that you submit to agents/publishers) upon an interested agent’s request.
* THAT TOOK FOR-EV-ER to do.
* She shot me down. Bummer. – BUT, now I have a complete dummy and a better idea of my artistic direction. It’s kind of like working on a master’s thesis.
* STOP is the work that I’m so emotionally tied to and I’m positive that it will have to go to a smaller press. Which is great!
* Next, I went to query-land. If you know any writers or illustrators, treacherous this process can be. Basically, I just flip between crazy and sane-ish (See post from Erin Bowman: http://www.embowman.com/2011/my-query-process/).
* To keep from going TOO crazy, I started working on a completely different book… HARRIS THE HOUSE DRAGON. I love him. Very different than anything I’ve done before, both artistically and plot-wise.
So that’s where I’m at now. I’ll continue to post little blurbs on HARRIS and his progress occasionally. I am certainly not giving up on STOP, but it’s possible that it could be more successful if it followed a book like HARRIS. Who knows? Hope you’re all doing well & thanks for reading, friends!