I’m delighted to announce that yesterday was the publication date for my new book, Beneath the Sun. It’s a summery companion title for my previous book Under the Snow.
Under the Snow came out in September 2009, and a few weeks later, my editor suggested that I write a companion title about how animals survive on the hottest days of the year. So why was the book 5 years in the making?
Here's the story behind the story. I submitted the book in April 2010. I heard back from my editor in December 2010, and we went through a few rounds of revisions.
When the manuscript was ready, it went to the illustrator. She submitted first sketches in March 2011 and revised sketches in October 2011. Some final art came in during March 2012, but then the illustrator had a family medical emergency and wasn’t able to deliver the rest of the final art until the beginning of October 2013.
After that, things moved quickly and the publisher was able to send the final files to the printer on Halloween. Most picture books take about 6 months to print, and that brings us right up to yesterday’s publication date.
It can be hard to wait so long for a book to take physical form, but I’m thrilled to finally hold it in my hands. Here’s hoping kids like it as much as they like Under the Snow.