I had originally intended to write every day last week — honestly! But once you fall behind by one day…well, you can guess the rest.
What a week it was! I got to celebrate my book release on Tuesday by reading and taking questions from a bunch of 3rd and 4th graders, who had lots of good questions and enthusiasm for Latasha.
On Wednesday, I got to see the final cover art and the layout for my second book, Postcards from Pismo…
…which, unbelievably, comes out in a hair less than six months. It’s head-spinning, really. I’m so excited about this novel; it’s got a great “found object” feel to it, in the vein of a Wimpy Kid or an Origami Yoda. (Though the story is certainly of a different nature.) Anyway, it’s beautiful. Just click on the image to see the full detail of the illustrator, Dion Williams’ work. This dude is incredibly talented, and if you’re going to ALA Midwinter, you can meet me, Evette (illustrator of Latasha) and Dion — it’ll be ARC time by then, so maybe we can sign some stuff for you.
Dion also works on the Tales of Midlandia picture-book series that I write. Which, if I wasn’t busy enough with Latasha and Postcards, will be dropping for the trade at the end of January. Astounding!
I can’t give an exact release date on the iPad app tie-in that’s in the works, but fingers crossed for Christmas! But, on Thursday, I did get to see a beta version of the app for The Pirate Koostoe. What the Midlandia Press design folks have done is nothing short of miraculous. I don’t even want to know what it cost to develop…but I do know it’ll cost you in the neighborhood of $2.99 when it comes out.
Anyhow, that’s how I spent the rest of my book release week…mostly gearing up for the next pieces coming down the pipeline. What a week! (What a year, really.)