At the most recent writers conference I attended, the couple agents there who even considered representing children's picture books agreed that the market for them was tough, although I missed the session where they went into detail about it because I was at my son's swim meet. For whatever reasons--tough economic times, ambitious parents, "brilliant" children--this is not the time to put out a children's picture book.
However, I never pass up the opportunity to do something controversial or potentially financially-disastrous, so I'm pleased to announce the imminent arrival of Mia and the Magic Cupcakes. Yes, a children's picture book and my first collaborative effort. Joining me are Margo Engberg, proud proprietor of Pinkabella (the luscious cupcake stores) and artist Teri Sytsma. Three friends, three moms, one book!
|In all our glory.|
It's one of the bummers in life that the best-tasting foods aren't always the best for you. Take cupcakes, for instance. Little Mia wishes her favoritest food would help her grow "big and strong," and when she receives a magical birthday cupcake, all her wishes come true.
Gorham Printing, the same designer responsible for the Mourning Becomes Cassandra and The Littlest Doubts covers.
We're hoping for a November roll-out. Believe me, you'll hear more about it!
And I thought, in honor of the still-alive-and-kicking children's picture book category, we could name some recent favorites. My kids, for example, at ages 11, 9 and 7, still enjoy the Skippyjohn Jones series. Who am I kidding? I love Skippyjohn. And Jujube. And Jillyboo! How about you?