What’s in the Woods?, a companion book to my popular What’s on the Beach has been in the works for three years. I never fully appreciated how much work goes into a book—especially a generously illustrated book—until I did all the work of all a publishing house’s departments myself—researcher, writer, illustrator, editor, book designer, layout artist, producer, advertiser, and distributor (although Partner’s Book Distributors distributes my books too). Everything except the printing, which is done not only in the United States, but in Michigan at Holland Litho in Zeeland.
I just returned from doing a booth at the Ann Arbor Book Festival. I sold 30 copies of What’s in the Woods in just four hours, along with my other titles and many Lake Effects note cards packs. It was an encouraging start to the season.
What’s in the Woods retails at $12.50, with my usual 50% discounts for wholesale and 25% for school and library purchases, 50% for orders of 10 or more. This year I am also offer merchants a free acrylic book display holding 10 books each for orders of 10 copies of one title.
Wowsie wowsie, these are exciting times! My new Lake Effects III and IV posters are out now too. Want me to come for a show or a signing? Contact me to arrange it.
I made a bargain with my generous hosts: I would exchange the original paintings eventually used in Lake Effects III (the summer poster completing my Lake Effects poster series) for at least six summer weeks access to a window to paint them from. In May I went for the first week and my rather outrageous proposal seems to be working! I have totally lucked out, with interesting, compatible hosts and a beautiful place (specifics to remain private) to enjoy a real Lake Michigan summer.
Two changes will distinguish this last poster from the first two:
1) I’m going to include several panoramas—paintings that take up two, three, even four spaces—instead of making all the paintings the same size. I love this effect, which communicates that wide horizon and makes clear at a glance that this poster is new.
2) Less noticeable but still important: The Lake Effects III view faces straight south over Lake Michigan from the southern shore of the Upper Peninsula. I will have to travel down to lighthouses to catch the sunset or dawn straight on, but the waves are phenomenal, sometimes rolling in all the way from Chicago. Manistique beaches are particularly surf-layered on windy days.
The new poster is scheduled to debut at The Timmel Collection, a wonderful gallery in Saugatuck, on Columbus Day weekend, October 6-7. Original art completed for the project—including the many pieces not in the poster (only about 30 will be chosen out of more than 100 pieces)—will be displayed (and sold!) there for the first time.