Thursday, August 18, 2016


Those of you on my email lists have been hearing a lot about my current art book collaboration, Encounters with the Imaginary. Some of you may have heard about it on other social media outlets. The book is starting as a KickStarter. (There’s a fine line between sharing and spamming that I’ve been mindful of along the way, but I want to make sure that no one misses out.) If you’d like to be on my art list for special announcements about projects like this, make sure to let me know


Encounters with the Imaginary
Encounters with the Imaginary is an art book—a product of months of collaboration with 19 other artists—all amazing—and, I’m convinced, part Energizer Bunny. I am officially exhausted.
The collaboration is part of Boneshaker Press, the business started to house the project that has turned into an art community and much more than I ever expected. There are interviews, opinion pieces and works in progress you can read on our website here. There is also an art group on Facebook here. The artists of Boneshaker Press are from all over the world—a truly exceptional group of talent, skills and passion for illustration.

The book is available through our Kickstarter for a couple more weeks and there are lots of fantastic bonuses too—like large canvas and mini prints.

Sharing this project has been very different than I’m used to. Generally I post or send my images out by email and those interested buy prints, cards, books, etc. For this project the group decided not to share all the finished images until the book ships. Since I’ve been getting a lot of messages and emails with questions about what I’ve illustrated for the book, I thought I’d share the line drawing and part of the finished piece (above). It has been so tough not to share the entire final illustration! My character is the Great Owl, a rather large, benevolent creature who lives in a massive forest. As usual, I've written a short story for the illustration that is also in the book, along with some background on the development of the piece.

The Great Owl—line art for my illustration in Encounters with the Imaginary

It has been an exciting time. While you’re checking everything out, I’m going to try to get a nap in before the next project starts…

Monday, May 9, 2016


When I first started my journey into children’s publishing, I didn’t know anything or anyone else doing the same. I spent the first few years frozen in my tracks because I was intimidated and overwhelmed by learning about this new world. I was sifting through a mountain of sometimes conflicting information as the publishing industry was in constant flux. All I wanted was to be able to sit down with someone and ask questions—especially ones specific to my projects. I went to conferences and did all kinds of research, but I was still getting hung up on details I later learned didn’t matter, or worse, I was doing things that could actually cause obstacles for me.
If this sounds like you, bring your project and join me at my Children's Publishing Workshop in Tahoe on May 14th, 2016. I love to share what I’ve learned so people can avoid common mistakes, save time and get going in the right direction. And you'll meet kindred spirits! (Sign up here - )

The workshop is being held at South Lake Tahoe publisher Bona Fide Books. They regularly get children's publishing questions and because that isn't their area, they often turn those questions over to me. Children's books and the children's book industry are entirely different from the rest of the publishing industry and demand is great enough once again to offer my workshop.

Are you too far from Tahoe? There has been quite a bit of interest from people who are too far away and I'm considering doing an online version of the workshop—complete with one on one time. Just like the in person workshop, class size is limited to remain personalized and allow time for plenty of questions. If the online version is of interest to you, let me know and I'll keep you in the loop!

Here are the details for the Tahoe workshop. I hope to see you there!

And remember...if you're interested in creating in any capacity for children's publishing, do yourself a huge favor and join SCBWI! It's the absolutely best step you can take.