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Know what's cool about being an official picture book author? I mean, besides being paid for something I wrote and knowing that I'm going to have a realio, trulio book out in the world in 2012?

Getting to see in-process sketches.

I cannot show them to you. And I cannot actually describe them to you either - in part because I'm pretty sure I shouldn't, and in part because it would be really, really hard to describe the many things going on in each of the two-page spreads in my beautiful book.

But if you are one of those people who has written one (or more) picture books but hasn't yet sold them, then you should know that seeing the words come to life in actual artwork feels almost like a miracle and definitely like a gift.

And you should probably also know that the majority of folks I know who have written picture books haven't seen all the sketches that I have. (Some of them only see the final artwork once it's all the way done.)

I've been lucky enough to see rough sketches and now the far more finished sketches prior to the wonderful illustrator, Mónica Armiño, starting work on the final art, and I know plenty of authors who were not in the loop for this portion of the creative process. So in addition to feeling like a gift, I'm pretty certain that it is an actual gift, and I believe it's one of the things to love about dealing with tiger tales books, a wonderful, independent publisher.

Just wait until you see it!

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Dec. 28th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
Yay for miracles and gifts!
Dec. 28th, 2010 06:04 am (UTC)
No kidding!
Dec. 28th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Sooo exciting!
Dec. 28th, 2010 06:04 am (UTC)
It really is!
Dec. 28th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)
It sounds wonderful :)
Dec. 28th, 2010 06:04 am (UTC)
I am very lucky to have been paired with a wonderful artist!
Dec. 28th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
That's super exciting!!!
Dec. 28th, 2010 06:05 am (UTC)
I am all a-squee about it!
Dec. 28th, 2010 08:47 am (UTC)
Can't wait!
Dec. 28th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
It's to be a 2012 release. That's only a year or so away! *capers about*
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Dec. 28th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
I know, right?

LOVE that icon!
Dec. 28th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
I know how I felt to see the evolution of my COVER--I can only imagine the thrill of watching your story come to life through another art form. Yay!
Dec. 28th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
It is really, truly wild. And it does feel like a gift, or like magic, or like a magical gift.
Dec. 29th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Your first time is definitely one you'll treasure.
Dec. 29th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
It may be the only time, really. I hope not, but one never knows . . .
Dec. 29th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
Exciting for you and exciting for us! Welcome to the tiger tales family and thanks for sharing your experience. We have posted a link to your blog on our facebook page. Are you a fan yet? http://www.facebook.com/pages/tiger-tales/183496001305
Dec. 29th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
How nice of you to stop by!!
Dec. 29th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)

Even though we can't see them. Grr.

But still, EEE!

Dec. 29th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
I feel very, very lucky to have seen them. I know lots of authors who only ever saw final art!
Dec. 29th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)

Congrats on your new picture book. I can relate because I received a contract for my very first picture book over the summer and can't wait for it to become a realio, trulio book that lives in the real world. What a dream come true!!!

Karen Casale
Dec. 29th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
First and foremost, congratulations to you, Karen! And I feel extremely fortunate to be seeing the in-process sketches. I know lots of pb authors who haven't seen such a thing, and I appreciate how lucky I am to be seeing the artwork already!
Dec. 30th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
Oh, boy, oh, boy. Can't wait!!!
Dec. 30th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
I'm extremely excited about it. And extremely anxious to see the illustrations in color!
Jan. 2nd, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
I'm just now catching up on a couple months of LJ posts and while zooming through I just had to stop here and SQUEE for you! I'm so excited!
Jan. 2nd, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the squee! It's great to know there's a real book in the making. And the artwork looks really wonderful so far!
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