Interview on InkyGirl

I have some amazing Kidlit artist friends, and at the top of that list sits Debbie Ohi. Debbie is an artist, writer, musician, gamer, and social media fiend. She generously shares great industry info with everyone around her. We have both been on similar career paths since we met in 2010 during the SCBWI summer conference mentorship meeting, and it’s been so fun to share the experience with her.

Debbie interviews me on one of her blogs, Inkygirl.com, a guide for those who write and draw for young people.

We talk about Miss Maple’s Seeds, tips for aspiring illustrators, the book launch party, and illustrations for Doll Bones by Holly Black.

Please check it out here!

 

Debbie is the illustrator of I’M BORED, by actor/comedian Micheal Ian Black, and is also currently illustrating his next picture book, NAKED. To learn more about Debbie, visit her site: http://debbieohi.com/

BookPage Illustrated Interview

BookPage featured me in their April edition of “Meet The Illustrator”, with this super fun illustrated interview.

Find a print copy of BookPage at your local library or bookstore, or online at bookpage.com.

BookPage is a monthly book review publication distributed to more than 450,000 avid readers through subscribing bookstores and public libraries. Founded in 1988 and located in Nashville, TN, BookPage serves as a broad-based selection guide to the best new books published every month. The tone is upbeat and literate, focusing on bestsellers as well as new discoveries. All of the content from the print edition is posted on BookPage.com each month.

Join Me: Pasadena LitFest 5/11/13

All those in the Pasadena area, please stop by to see me at the Pasadena LitFest this Saturday, 5/11/13!  I’ll be reading Miss Maple’s Seeds for the kids at 10:30, then signing at the Once Upon A Time bookstore booth.  Here are the details:

10:30-11:00am: Readings & Activities with Children’s Book Authors & Illustrators! 

Fabulous Children's Book Authors!

Authors and illustrators of gorgeous new children’s picture books will share their work with the little ones!
Bethany Barton reading This Monster Cannot Wait!
Eliza Wheeler reading Miss Maple’s Seeds
Paul Rogers, illustrator of Wynton Marsalis’s Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! hosting a children’s art activity!
(Octavia Butler Stage)

Signing hosted afterwards at the Once Upon A Time bookstore booth:

11:15AM  Signing at the Once Upon a Time Books Booth

Bethany Barton (This Monster Cannot Wait!)
Paul Rogers (Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!)
Eliza Wheeler (Miss Maple’s Seeds)

http://litfestpasadena.org

Hope to see you there!

BOOKSTORE EVENTS

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Please join me this Saturday and Sunday at two wonderful bookstores in the Los Angeles area for story-time! I will read Miss Maple’s Seeds to the kids and have fun coloring sheets to give away. If you know anyone in the area who might be interested, please spread the word!

Saturday, April 27, 2013:
Mrs. Nelson’s Toy & Book Shop, 11:00 AM
1030 Bonita Avenue, La Verne, CA 91750, (909) 599-4558
http://www.mrsnelsons.com/event/special-story-time-eliza-wheeler

Sunday, April 28, 2013:
Pages Bookstore, 2:00 PM
904 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 near 9th Street (right across from Mucho’s), 310-318-0900
http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/eliza-wheeler-kids-story-time

 

Coming Up: LA Times Festival of Books, and NYT Bestseller List

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Hey all! So in my earlier post this week, gushing over fan art by Mary Lundquist, I made a joke about selling 1 billion books. To be clear – that was very much a joke! BUT, since writing that post I found out that I made the April 28th New York Times Bestseller List for Children’s Picturebooks!!! Understandably, that new fact has turned my previous joke into something of a confusion for my family and friends. I promise I will be the first to let you know when 1 billion Miss Maple’s Seeds exist in the world! Not quite, yet.

I can’t wait to share the NYT Bestseller’s List with you when it comes out on 4/28!  

In other news, I will be at the LA Times Festival of Books this Sunday, 4/21! I’ll be signing books in the Penguin Books booth (#720) from 1:00-1:45 pm. If you’re there, please do stop by to say hi!

The Next Big Thing: A Global Book Tour

When it rains it pours! On top of a book launch, taxes due, and project deadlines, I’ve added some major website technical issues to the list. Pardon the mess around here! Because of this, I’m a little late in posting for this blog tour, but if you don’t tell then I won’t either.

THE NEXT BIG THING: A Global Blog Tour

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Illustration friend and SCBWI mentee Christina Forshay recently tagged me for participation in a global blog tour called The Next Big Thing. The idea originated in Australia and is basically a cool way for authors and/or illustrators to promote their next or latest book.

1) What is the working title of your next book?
Miss Maple’s Seeds, just out April 4, 2013 from Nancy Paulsen/Penguin Books.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
The book merges a couple inspirations: a) when I was younger I was obsessed with drawing tiny people living in trees.  b) my grandmas and mom all have green thumbs, and though I don’t have the ability to garden now, I would love to follow in their footsteps and become a gardener one day  c) I was inspired for my character when I first saw fellow illustrator Diane Browning, and drew a little sketch in my notebook of “the acorn woman”, who eventually became Miss Maple.

3) What genre does your book fall under?
Picturebook.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a
movie rendition?
I would love to see this animated with claymation, and hmm, who would be the voice of Miss Maple? I can’t think of many older actresses at the moment, but someone with a warm crackly voice would be perfect.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A tiny woman collects and cares for orphan seeds, and teaches them all they need to know before sending them out into the wide world.

6) Who is publishing your book?
The lovely and intelligent Nancy Paulsen of Penguin Books!

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I wrote a first solid draft in under a week. I keep wondering if that will ever happen again!

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Miss Rumphius, Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
See answer for #2.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
The story balances a fun, fictional story with a little bit of education about seeds (types of seeds, what they need to grow, how they travel) hidden inside. Kids love these little micro worlds; parents and teachers will relate to Miss Maple as a caretaker who has to eventually let her seeds set out on their own into the world.

Thank you, Christina Forshay, for incuding me in this fun blog tour!

I pass the torch on to a literary sibling (we share an agent), a talented and super nice guy, Mike Boldt! Mike has a hilarious new book coming out this year called “123 Verses ABC”.  Look for his post next week.

Book Party for Miss Maple’s Seeds!

I’m having a  book launch party for Miss Maple’s Seeds! Everyone is welcome, and I’d love to see you there!

Sunday April 7th, 5-7 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles CA 90027

Coming to the party? You can pre-order your book directly from Skylight to ensure there will be enough copies at the store. And of course, I’ll sign them! Pre-order here:

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http://www.skylightbooks.com/book/9780399257926

 

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MISS MAPLE’S SEEDS
April, 2013
AGES: 3-5 years
AUTHOR: Eliza Wheeler
HARDCOVER: 32 pages
PUBLISHER: Nancy Paulsen/Penguin Books
ISBN 9780399257926

Miss Maple gathers lost seeds that haven’t yet found a place to sprout. She takes them on field trips to explore places to grow. In her cozy maple tree house, she nurtures them; keeping them safe and warm until it’s time for them to find roots of their own, and grow into the magnificent plants they’re destined to become.

AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE!  Check your local bookstore or online.
Order online from a local indie bookstore here: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780399257926

Miss Maple’s First Book Review

Miss Maple’s Seeds is coming out in 1 month (April 4, 2013), and I was so excited to see that Publisher’s Weekly posted the first review a few days ago!

The Review: http://new.publishersweekly.com/978-0-399-25792-6
Since Publisher’s Weekly is a subscription site, I’m not sure how long the link will be available, so I’ve taken a screen grab of the review here:

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Here’s what they said:

“Confident artistry and an intuitive knowledge of what the world looks like to a very small person make a winning combination in Wheeler’s debut. Miss Maple is a grandmotherly, Borrowers-sized woman who adopts “orphan seeds that got lost during the spring planting.” Dressed in a big straw hat and a billowing skirt, she marshals bluebirds to collect the seeds in baskets on their backs, finds leaf boats to take the seeds on field trips “to learn about being a seed,” befriends woodland animals to pass the winter days around the hearth with, then sets the seeds free from a bough high in the air: “Take care, my little ones, for the world is big and you are small. But never forget.” Careful observation of seeds (including a labeled seed chart), leaves, and plants gives the artwork substance, and Japanese woodblock–style skies that fade to sunset hues provide a wistful emotional overlay. Wheeler has clearly had a good time inventing fairy-house fixtures for Miss Maple: flower lantern boats and hollow-log houses make one yearn to escape our big, unwieldy world and inhabit hers.
Ages 3–5. Agent: Jennifer Rofé, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Apr.)”

Thank you, Publisher’s Weekly!

 

 

Miss Maple’s Seeds: F&G’s


The F&G’s for Miss Maple’s Seeds are in! This is exciting for two reasons:

1) I get to walk around saying “F&G!”, and nobody can scold me.

2) I get to see a beautiful printed proof of my book, all laid out and paginated.

As you’ve likely deduced by now, F&G is not a literary swear word – it stands for “folded and gathered”.

 F&G: “folded and gathered”. A complete printed proof of a book (stack of signatures) that hasn’t been trimmed or bound, and excludes the hard-cover.

F&G’s are the final chance to make sure there aren’t any errors and that the printing and colors are of the quality we’re after. It’s so exhilarating to see in print!

I would never have thought certain things like an ISBN, listed retail price, publisher’s logo, and copyright page could make me go giddy. But there you have it – it’s those details that make the whole thing feel more real!

Interesting side story – I usually get all my Penguin mail from my editor’s assistant, Sara Kreger, whom I discovered (via Facebook, where else?) is also the sister of a college friend, Laura Kreger, from UW-Stout. Crazy small world, eh?

And here’s a little peek at the first spread, just to wet your whistle:

I can’t wait to introduce Miss Maple to the whole wide world on April 4th, 2013!