FANTASTIC NEWS! Birthdays and Book Deals

I really can’t think of a better way to top off a birthday than with a book deal. A lifetime supply of chocolate? A month of luxury living in Paris? A few days with a time-traveling Delorean? (actually, that would be pretty cool…)

BUT NO! I will take my birthday last week just the way it went: a beautiful day in New York City, a lunch spent dining at the Society of Illustrators, an email in the early evening bearing the news that Macmillan Publishing had made an offer on my first solo picture book (AHHH!!!), followed by a delicious dinner with my favorite person on earth.

Rough Draft Cover for SHARK

My shark book, tentatively titled SHARK: THE GREAT WHITES OF THE FARALLON ISLANDS, follows a day in the life of a young white shark at the Farallons just off the coast of San Francisco. Ancient, gorgeous, and endlessly cool, these apex predators return to hunt elephant seals every fall using some of the most amazing (and lethal!) adaptations on earth. The story goes way beyond teeth and dorsal fins to explore shark hunting methods and the way the ecosystem of the Farallon Islands works, and just how badly this species needs our compassion and protection.

In diving into the book I have absolutely fallen in love with great white sharks, and I am so excited to share what I have learned with readers of all ages. As of right now the pub date is completely up in the air, but may possibly be sometime in late 2013. In the meantime I am a busy kid. More on what I’m currently working on to be posted soon!

Publishing world, I am calling on the Shark Phone: non-fiction picture books, here I come! 

Calling on the Shark Phone

2 thoughts on “FANTASTIC NEWS! Birthdays and Book Deals”

  1. Most excellent news, this! Congratulations! I hope that we can look forward to some process posts as you work out the illustrations for the book; I (and others, I’m sure) find these fascinating. The topic reminds me a little of Holling C. Holling’s classic “Minn of the Mississippi.”

    Question: What is the proposed length of the book?

  2. Thank you, Al!! It should come in at 48 pages in length, including end papers. I will DEFINITELY be posting process photos as I go. It won’t be out for a while yet, but you will be sure to hear about it when I’m fully engaged in the drawings! Hope all is well with you in Vermont.

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