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Thursday, January 17, 2013

There Was an Old Woman

It's here! Yesterday, my third MeeGenius picture book, There Was an Old Woman: Alphabet Adventure went live.

I am blown away by Lori Taylor's brilliant artwork. What do you think?

I'm going to be writing an article about this book and how it came about for the SCBWI Michigan Chapter newsletter, so I don't want to give away all the info. right now but I do want to mention one thing. I can't stress how important it is to join a professional organization like SCBWI.

Now, it's true that traditional publishers don't usually allow an author to choose who illustrates their books. In my case, I've been privileged to choose, and work with, two extremely talented and fun artists. (Ingvard the Terrible for my Pajama Girl books.)

For me, working with an illustrator who belonged to SCBWI was of the utmost importance. It led me to choose Ingvard, besides his awesome illustration style. And I met Lori while carpooling to a conference on the other side of the state. We wouldn't have met if it wasn't for SCBWI. If we hadn't met, I wouldn't have decided to look up her portfolio. And the rest, as they say, is history. Well, in this case, not ancient history because our book just came out yesterday.

Please check it out and let me know what you think. I'd love to see some reviews in the comments.

Thanks for your support!


  1. Congrats! Love the cover!

    1. Thanks, Marcy! I love the cover too. Lori is one heck of an illustrator!