I am officially announcing that I signed a book illustration contract with Creston Books! YAY!!! A special thanks to my friend Dan San Souci, because without him, none of this would have happened. The book will be released in 2014. I will post more details about it as I progress along.
Today I had my first meeting to go over page layout with editor-in-chief Marissa Moss, who is also a best-selling author/illustrator. Marissa decided to start up Creston Books because she wanted a publshing house that is "author/illustrator driven, with talented, award-winning creators given more editorial freedom and control..." She also emphasizes that she wants Creston Books to put out quality picture books with a distinctive look. The debut list is set for Fall 2013 and she has a very impressive line up of accomplished and first time authors & llustrators through 2014. Some of the very talented people on the list include Elisa Kleven, David Schwartz, Dwight Kuhn, Joan Lester, Denys Cazet, Stacey Schuett, Ashley Wolff, and Julie Downing. Wow...what an amazing group!
There will be plenty of work ahead of me, but I can't wait to embark on this new adventure with Creston Books. Time to sharpen my pencil and get started!