this is a self-portrait painted by my sweet pea.
(yes, i’m showing off again!) she said she messed
up the face with perhaps too much rouge accent
(ha!) and covered her eyes. also, she had a blue
hair band and then messed up on that so she put
an “orange hat” on her head. not sure if is in the
literal sense. i love the “outfit” shape she created
and the colors she chose. =D
there has been a lot of stuff going on for me!
today, i sent off my picture book dummy to
virginia. the moment of truth came when i had
all the pages printed and sat sweet pea down to
read her the story. she gave me a very good critique.
she said “how about if you don’t say [phrase] so
i had thought i’d use a repeated phrase but
she was right–totally didn’t read right. so i asked
what i could do instead. she said i could
use it maybe four times. that was okay. haha!
she was very considerate and thoughtful just
like virginia! it wasn’t like she said “i don’t like
this or i don’t like that…” i was surprised and
then the second test came when i had the
love read the PB to sweet pea. (the revised
text according to her critiques. =) and i was
able to get some comments from the love.
the text is at about 600 words. i’m not sure
if i followed all the “rules”. but it was a pleasure
to work on and i’m looking forward to learning
i’ve been so busy with behind the scenes
author stuff for SILVER PHOENIX release–
which is end of april / early may.
1. book signings. i’m working on doing signings
up in san francisco (tentative friday 5/8 at books
inc. in laurel heights) as well as los angeles and
in san diego. will NOT be doing nyc as i think it’s
too ambitious this year. i admit i only wanted to go
so i could meet my fabulous editor and agent and
all the wonderful people at greenwillow books. BUT
i definitely will be headed out there for the sequel.
maybe i’ll even have “fans” by then! =D
2. bookplates. i’ve finalized my bookplate
design! i’m very happy with the brush art
i chose: simple, graceful, elegant.
some people have wondered
where / when to buy my book. i’d say unless
you can make it to a signing in the locations
listed above, to buy them however you’d like–
from online or the bookstores. i will be thrilled to
send a personalized bookplate out to you!
simply email me with a request. =D i will
email back to confirm!
and yes, it’s available for preorder on amazon
as well as bn.com and borders.
also at mysterious galaxy an awesome local
independent bookstore. =D eeee!
3. been working on revamping my website.
something simple, reflecting me. i love my
current website–but i think it’s more catered
to showcasing my art than an author site.
4. also working on myspace and twitter presence.
both a tad overwhelming! but everyone says
the teen readers are on myspace, and i want a
way for them to easily get in touch! =)
5. and finally–my sequel.
it’s time to jump in again and
i am very truthfully, scared. all my
fellow writers suggest that i reread what
i’ve written to get back into it. i know a
main concern is that i haven’t had the time
to research and dream as i did for the debut.
i’m learning to work with deadlines.
but i do need to find that perfect balance for
the time that i have.
i am, however, excited by the thought of
working on it again, which is a very positive
sign. wish me luck, guys! =DD
and finally, i’m the judge for an awesome
contest run by fellow 09 deb lisa mantchev
for her novel eyes like stars. look at the gorgeous
cover below! she hasn’t stopped by yet on her
blog tour, BUT you can hop over to her newly
launched site and win an ARC. i am one of the
esteemed judges for the shakespearen themed
LOLCat contest! check it out!! you have until
the end of the day, march 17th, to play!!