On books...

Publishing can be a bit of a mystery. You create these books, work on them for a year or so-laboring over every detail and then wait as they are sent overseas to be printed and eventually released a year later. You hope for good reviews and aside from promoting the heck out of them and doing as many events as possible (I also plaster car magnets on my Jetta), they are basically out of your control. Not always easy.

Yesterday I was in the local bookstore and spotted my second book "The Grumpy Pets" and was delighted to see that not only was it in its third printing, but the back now had the New York Times blurb added onto it! Made me smile.

back cover of The Grumpy Pets 3rd printing

back cover of The Grumpy Pets 3rd printing

It's been a good month for this book. A few weeks ago I was tagged by a librarian in Texas with this news:

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It's one thing to get a review, but to have the children love your book is really what this is all about. It's easy to get caught up in the business of things but this is the good stuff.


Eloise exhibit at NY Historical Society

This show was definitely a highlight this summer. So cute!!!

Props to the exhibit designer. Well done!

Had no idea that the Plaza Hotel capitalized so much on this book in it's heyday. And so adorable was the children's menu. Those prices!!!

I never knew the back story between the author and illustrator. Wow! I won't spoil it for anyone, but again...wow!


Had my annual portfolio day in Manhattan yesterday. Always so fun to see all the other writers and illustrators in one place! I enjoyed chatting with friends and also looking out from the 16th floor windows while waiting to see different publishers. I could look out the windows all day. The clouds were amazing and constantly changing- and it is so cool to see the tops of buildings you can't see from the street. Here are a few pics.

And of course we celebrated after the event!