I am getting back into the picture book business. Baseball and Aliens is my next project. Intended for late first grade readers and up. It is illustrated by John Balsley. My last few books have been longer chapter books so I thought I would change it up a little. I am getting excited as we continue to work on this.
I love the fact that I can work with an illustrator that isn’t near me. John is here in the US. Carla who does the wonderful work on my Kevin books is in the UK. I just love that. And the fact that I don’t have to go through a publisher to work with them is even more awesome. Remember that if you are shopping around your book to publishers, doing it the traditional way means you wont get any input into the illustrations. I learned that when I was shopping Kevin and the Seven Lion around. The publishers were clear they decided on the illustrator. This way I get to collaborate and decide what works and what doesn’t. I love this world.
Here are some illustrations from the upcoming book. Should be ready in August.
Update: Here is John’s Tumbler page to see more of his work.