Water Can Be… (Millbrook, 2014) doesn’t come out for eight more months, but it’s been front and center for this past couple of weeks. First, I got to see the fantastic finished art by Violeta Dabija (I hope to get to share a sneak peek soon). Then, I wrote the dedication (to my parents–both nature lovers of the first order). Finally, I’ve been checking over copyediting questions and working with my editor on one rhyming pair that has been a bit imperfect all along. The art is complete, so the concept can’t change. So we’re debating whether to keep the original text or replace it. I’ve fussed with this pair numerous times. I came up with several options, but we have decided to stick with the original. One of the things I love about picture books: the amount of time and consideration that goes into four small words.?Next up…marketing materials. I need to get started this summer on a book trailer, teaching guide, etc. So excited!
P.S. I got to have lunch Friday with Carol Hinz, my editor from Millbrook, and take a tour of Lerner’s offices–will share a few pics soon.