Just so you know, the #1 thrill moment when you're an author is when your author copies arrive from the publisher and you open the box, then turn those pages for the first time. I had a great week: both of my sets of author's copies came at once! That would be Hans My Hedgehog, due out 1/24, and Water Sings Blue, due out mid-March.
I took some photos so you can get a feel for what it's like. (Pride, joy, bliss, disbelief...)
First I'll show you the box of Hans books, above right.
Here's one of the spreads, with Hans up in a tree playing his fiddle. That's King #1 down at the bottom, yelling.
I really like the spot art.
The ocean poems came Fed Ex. I think my favorite spread is the jellyfish.
But the title page is also really pretty.
So yes, I've been semi-delirious the last couple of days. (I won't show you a photo of that.)
Oh, and the #2 thrill? When a kid likes your book and tells you so, or sends you an illustrated fan letter. Then again, maybe I should call it a tie!