Since I’m just starting my blog, I thought I should let everyone know where things stand with my illustration/writing career right now. The two biggest things are: my picture book, Wiener Wolf, that I wrote and illustrated is set to hit shelves this July and then Harness Horses, Bucking Broncos & Pit Ponies: A History of Horse Breeds which I co-wrote and co-illustrated with my hard-working and talented wife, Shelley Ann Jackson, will be released in October.
Wiener Wolf is being published by Hyperion and Harness Horses by Tundra Books. Tundra also published Shelley’s and my book, Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds.
I am represented by the go-getting literary agent Scott Treimel. He is currently shopping around my Rockabilly Goats Gruff manuscript and showing Wiener Winner, the sequel to Wiener Wolf, to Hyperion.
I also recently signed on with Nicole Tugeau, who will be repping my illustrations for the educational publishing market. She had work for me before our contract was even signed!
And there is also the sporadic work I do for children’s magazines. I paint illustrations for Highlights and for the Cobblestone group of periodicals, mainly Faces magazine.
I am also working on some new manuscripts and sending them through the critique group grinders. Shelley and I are founding members of an online group, Binders Online, that started out as a little in-person group in south Denver, the White Binders. Since moving to Austin, I have missed the face-to-face fun of a coffee shop group so have organized one with a couple of fellow Austin illustrator/authors. We’re tentatively titled the Armadillustrators.
So, that’s the jist of my current author/illustrator career. I hope to post soon to elaborate on each of the different aspects.
Thanks for tuning in!