The same was true with Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear. I take a day off from my day job at the library and head off to the train station. The art is all prepared: each spread labeled, covered with mylar, in a sturdy art bag. Once I get to Penn Station it is a quick subway trip and soon I'm standing in the lobby for the offices of Penguin Young Readers Group. There are bookshelves with some of their books displayed, all imprints, and look what I saw on the shelf:
After getting in we head to a conference room and display all the art around a table, so we can see it from page one to page 32. Here are Nancy Paulsen and Cecilia Yung helping me set all the art in sequence on the table:
Other Penguin employees are invited to come as well, and take a peek -- it's a lovely opportunity to meet other people who will be working together on our book: publicists, library marketing, as well as other editors, etc.
To read other entries in this series just go to Character Development, From Storyboard to Final Art, and Book Cover.
Next we will talk about the other best day for an author/illustrator: publication day!