Getting a picture book out into the world can be fun, but it's definitely not child's play. Lots of work, pivots and detours make for a wild ride, but today we celebrate some of the many rewarding moments of the journey: meeting some of the amazing people in our local literary community, and receiving early kudos, too!
As we geared up for Myra's fall release, some printing hiccups made it clear we weren't going to launch as planned. So, what to do? We grabbed what copies we did have and went on a soft launch that took us to meet some great folks in our community. Here are the highlights:
This local author festival took place in the landmark artist community, El Barrio's P.S. 109 Art Space. The best part, besides being set up in front of an amazing art installation, was bonding with fellow local authors.
Middle photo by Maria Aponte
Brandon Montes, a Bronxite committed to providing access to free books in our borough, has made his tabletop library a mission of literary love. We were honored he accepted free copies of our preview editions of the Myra books in both English and Spanish.
It was important to us that The Bronx be a big part of our book launch. We got that wish when we were invited to do an author visit at the Woodstock Public Library. Children's librarian Julia Auerfeld, along with Reina Velasquez and Kridzely Vargas, were warm and friendly hosts. Our audience of local first and second-graders were so much fun, the time we spent just flew by!
And This Happened, Too!
We started out the year with a surprise rave review and early cover release from Betsy Bird and her awesome School Library Journal blog, A Fuse 8 Production.
Myra y el enredo del dibujo made the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators 2022 Recommended Reading List for Hispanic Heritage Month!
A big thank you to all of you who keep up with our adventures, pre-order our books and stop by to meet us. It's what keeps us going. Looking forward to sharing what's coming in 2023, so stay tuned. Until then, have a happy, healthy new year!