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How to Make a Picture Book — The Making of Bubblegum Princess: Part 2: Choosing your Illustrator/Choosing your Author

It’s the second Monday of the month, and that means it’s time for Julie Gribble’s guest post series on How to Make a Picture Book. I love the subtitle of today’s post: Choosing your Illustrator/Choosing your Author or How to Find a Best Friend for You and Your Story. If you missed the first post in the series, last month, click here. If you have any questions, or would like more information on anything Julie and Lori cover in today’s post, please ask in the comments, and Julie will answer in her next post. Thank you! I’m delighted that Julie has asked her illustrator, Lori Hanson, to chime in with her experiences in this collaboration. Julie’s words are in regular type, Lori’s are in italics and are labeled with her name. Let’s see what the two of them have to say…

How to Make a Picture Book — The Making of Bubblegum Princess: Part 1, Series Intro

I am delighted that Julie Gribble has agreed to do this series of blog posts on the process she went through in creating, publishing, and marketing her picture book, Bubblegum Princess, (written by Julie, illustrated by Lori Hanson). Julie’s background, as you can see from the brief post I did last month, is in film and television, which has given her a unique perspective from which to approach the production of a picture book. You will see this even in this introductory post. Now, let’s see what Julie has to say… Background First let me start by thanking Jules Feiffer – if it weren’t for him, illustrator Lori Hanson and I would never have met. On an early winter morning, about 3 years ago, I was running late to hear him speak at the SCBWI Winter Conference in NYC (sign up to go if you haven’t already). It was my first conference and I didn’t yet know who was who, but I certainly did know who Jules Feiffer was! When I got to the hotel, I jumped out of my cab and tore up the stairs to grab a front row seat in time to hear his keynote speech. But I arrived late and was stuck in the back of the room, sitting on a camera platform.

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