My illustrator/publisher and I were invited to speak at the Riverview Library last Thursday as part of the Town of Riverview's Winterfest. We were very pleased with the turn out - about 30 parents and kids. It was about all that little meeting room could handle.
We spoke about the process of putting a book together and how my words influenced her drawings and vice versa. People are always interested to hear how a children's book is put together and how the two of us work together to get the finished product. Jennifer worked her magic again with the kids, showing how drawings evolve from her sketch book to the finish product. Parents and children are equally amazed by her drawings.
I read one of the chapters from our new book, "Emily Finds a Dragon", and showed spots where the text is moved around, but the drawing isn't in place yet. I spoke a bit about my finished manuscript, "Jimmy and Cinder", which is another middle grade book. I'm looking for an agent for that one to see if I can get it published by one of the "big" publishers. With the success this year of self published and small press books, I'm not certain that is the best way to go, but Jennifer thought i should give it a try in the market.
By the end of the evening, we had sold another 8 copies of "Owen and the Dinosaur" and we pre-sold 7 copies of "Emily Finds a Dragon" which is due out by the end of March - we hope.