What a fantastic way to start the new year and to kick off our challenge! We not only had the honor of Tara Lazar kicking this off, but we now have our very own, official participant badge!! Here it is – both a large version and a small version. The small one should be perfect for placing on the sidebar of your blogs. So I now ask all participants with blogs to place the badge on their blogs with a link embedded back to this post.
Our fabulous artist is the amazing Linda Silvestri who donated her time and considerable talent to the cause. Every time she posts a sketch to her blog, I have a happier day. Her work is so charming, cheerful and often funny (and punny)!
And oh how I love this badge! Especially the papers flying off the top of the border. I also love that the little boy’s shoe is untied. Such a cute touch. It’s those little details that I love about Linda’s work.
Here’s how I “met” Linda. A few months ago, I got serious about the idea of self-publishing one of my picture books. I went quite far down the road and began looking for an illustrator. I found Linda from another blog, looked through her portfolio and fell in love. We exchanged a few emails, talked a couple of times on the phone and I loved her even more. I knew we would make a great team.
Those of you who are published authors, or who are lucky enough to be illustrators yourselves, know the feeling of seeing your characters and your stories come to life. As a pre-published author, I hadn’t experienced that particular thrill. When I got Linda’s email with her sketches of my main characters, I burst into tears – not kidding! She captured them perfectly and exactly as I had always imagined them.
I ended up deciding against self-publishing that book for a whole host of reasons that I won’t go into here. It was the right decision for the book at this time, but I was so disappointed that I wouldn’t get to see Linda’s full vision for the story. I decided I would contact her first if any other opportunities came up.
Alas, once I decided to launch the 12 x 12 challenge, I knew we’d need a badge of honor. I asked Linda, and she didn’t even hesitate. She is also one of our challenge members. So please give it up for Linda, and be sure to visit her website and her blog.
THANK YOU Linda for this whimsical, beautiful badge! We will all display it with pride.Categories: 12 x 12 in 2012, Children's Books, Picture Books, Publishing, Self Publishing, Writing · Tags: 12 x 12 in 2012, Illustration, Julie Hedlund, Linda Silvestri, Picture Books, Publishing, Self Publishing, Writer, Writing