1. when you discuss possible illustrators with the editor
2. when you find out which illustrator actually got the job
3. when you see the first sketches
4. when you see the final art
5. when you meet the illustrator(s)!
Actually, #5 has only happened to me once so far -- this past April at PEN World Voices Festival in Brooklyn, where Charles Waters and I joined Sean Qualls and Selina Alko for a "poetry and collage" workshop. Thank you, PEN folks for having us!
Also present was our editor and mother o' the book Carol Hinz... and a new friend: photo-illustrator Shelley Rotner. I would love to collaborate with Shelley at some point! Meanwhile, she was kind enough to take these shots of Team CITYH (CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR?):
Sean Qualls, Selina Alko,
Charles Waters, Irene Latham,
|Selina Alko displaying samples|
of the craft
|Sean Qualls creating skin-tone paint|
|yes, we can be serious, too. :)|
and finally, a collage of the collage:
Pretty awesome, right?
I do hope at some point to meet some of my other co-creators: Stephanie Graegin, illustrator of DON'T FEED THE BOY; Anna Wadham, illustrator of both DEAR WANDERING WILDEBEEST and WHEN THE SUN SHINES ON ANTARCTICA; Mique Moriuchi, illustrator of FRESH DELICIOUS; Thea Baker, illustrator of forthcoming LOVE, AGNES (October 2018); John Holyfield, illustrator of forthcoming MEET MISS FANCY (January 2019).