Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Dancing Cat Giveaway Itch


The Dancing Cat, originally uploaded by jamieshelman.

So Tom and I have been hard at work on our first children's book (fingers crossed!) and the first draft is almost complete (all 52 pages or so eek!) Feeling the need for a little giveaway celebration! This one I'm limiting to anything I can fit in a standard envelope- think dancing cat cards, bookmarks and maybe a couple new strawberry designs ;) A lot of love in one small package! If you'd like to enter leave a comment below (maybe offering some sort of suggestion on how to get published! double eek!) and the winner will be announced next Wed!
Ciao!

56 comments:

gretchenmist said...

very exciting ~ love your cats. not sure about the book publishing world but an author friend says an agent is a great idea.
thanks for the giveaway :)

paperkitty said...

Awesome! I hope you get your book published. I can't offer much help except for sending good vibes :D

I love your cats, they always make me smile.

Dobbygirl said...

I just love your cats - they are such a joy! I don't know anything about how to get published, but I would like nothing better than to buy your book for my little girl. I know the illustrations would be adorable!

Lizmcc said...

The kitties are adorable! Sounds like it's gonna be a great book. Good luck!

Agata said...

You do not know me, but I am a fan of yours cats! I am a graphic designer and if you need help setting up the layout for the book, I could do that!

I am more of a dog person, but your cats make me consider getting one :)

Best wishes!

cindy : quaint said...

your work is going to make a wonderful book for us big kids, too! i have no advice other than i bet if you google 'getting your book published' you'll find lots of info, assuming you haven't done that already :).

***LIZ*** said...

How fun! I have a 3 year old who loves to read, can't wait to see the finished product. And what a great way to celebrate with a giveaway.

pve design said...

me-ow
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pve

Marichelle said...

I just couldn't resist. Love your cats!! As for advice - I actually asked Cal Patch for some advice on today's interview ... here's a little snippet "I think the best way to get a book deal is to start by having a blog; this is how my editor found me. You can think of it like a sample of your writing, and you will be developing a following so that your book will have a fan base before it even comes out!"

Your book will be awesome!

Kara Witham said...

Very cute, I'd like to enter the giveaway, and I'll plug it at my blog, (left side of my blog).

Best of luck with your book :)

pirategalnic said...

love you art!
good luck w/ your children's book :)))

sfer said...

What about self-publishing?

Count me in for the love package :-)

Contact:librosfera(at)gmail(dot)com

caroline said...

Uri Shulevitz's book "Writing with Pictures" is fantastic even though it's quite old now and the industry has consolidated significantly. I study children's literature, and I think one of the big mistakes that can be made is to think of the words and pictures as "saying the same thing" rather than communicating complementary information that combines synergistically. Your drawings convey so much - let the verbal text do a different job. Shulevitz talks about this much more eloquently than me. Good luck with the publishing quest!!

Joyce said...

how excting a children's book. I can't wait to hear more about it. Sorry I don't have much advice to pass your way, but I can be your best cheerleader! Have a golden weekend! xoxo

liza said...

Oh! Yey! I'm so excited to see it. I've heard about self-publising and I can ask a family friend more if you'd like. She edits a number of books for self publishing. Have a great weekend, Jamie!

modish said...

good luck on the book, that's so exciting! Your cats must be dancing for joy!

Sibora said...

Wish you luck!

G said...

Your cats are so fun. I'm throwing my hat in the ring for a chance.

majeral said...

I have a cat , I have a cat named Tom,
Tom is a very wise cat. Tom is very smart. He knows he can sit behind me and just look at my head and I can read his thoughts. Or is it he puts his thoughts in my head?
Cats are the best people.
Thanks for the giveaway mush success to you
Majeral

carly said...

totally cute.
love these.
try local stores.
maybe arrange for the stores to put your things on the shelves, that creates some buzz worthy attention!

thepipers said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Your illustrations are adorable.

SweetToothVintage said...

i actually do have a contact! my friend works in the children's books division of random house, i believe.

adorable drawings!

Heather said...

sweet! :)

umama said...

My friend told me that if you say they {the publisher} will have exclusive rights for the book, then it's more of an incentive for them... just don't mass produce that offer. Only give it to one publisher at a time with a deadline to decide, then move on. Also, give them as close as possible an original, meaning all artwork not just cover work. You probably know this already but hope it helps!

angeltreats said...

I wish I had some useful advice for you, but I don't know anything about publishing, so I'll just wish you luck instead! :)

Sarah said...

Congratulations on finishing your book!

The best advice I can think of it to simply be persistent, and be determined. Good luck! :)

Robyn said...

The only publishing I know about is blurb.com, which I use frequently! But I think you're looking for something different. :)

Great giveaway! I lovelovelove cats!

Naomi said...

This might not be the most money-making idea but Cheerios sponsors an annual contest for childrens' books and publishes them via Simon and Schuster, so it could be a good "in":

http://www.spoonfulsofstoriescontest.com/registration_form/

benconservato said...

oh nice...
I self-published a book of mine with blurb.com but have since sent it to a publisher... who told me it wasn't their bag even though they "loved it". I am sure you will find your way, perseverance, and an agent might help.

Mixing-Katie said...

What lovely kitties!! Best of luck with the publishing!

Evil_Sunflower said...

Wow, those cats are hilarious! All the best for the book:)

Jaya said...

these look lovely

Kimmie said...

How exciting for you! The cats are simply cute.

Moxie said...

The best resource for children's book publishing is Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market. (http://www.cwim.com/)
It includes likes of publishers with contact info and tips, as well as tons of articles about the industry and how to break in.

Good Luck!

HC said...

How fun! Perhaps sending a bunch of letters to publishers? Maybe with a sample spread of the book? Thanks for the chance to win!

Nonna Illustration & Design said...

Fingers crossed for you! Adorable kitties.

ms_bear said...

love your work! my kitties are big fans, too.

AngieHandmade said...

lovely items!

aschertle at yahoo dot com

nikki said...

oh my goodness.... the window kitties are just too cute. and too true.

Cheryl said...

:0) lovely!

Self-publishing is the way to go: lulu.com and blurb.com. I think that chapters.com has something, too (but don't quote me on that ;0)

You can also do simple ones (b/w insides) on cafepress.com.

Good luck!
Cheryl

peiyee said...

they look so lovely! :)

Cre8Tiva said...

a book will be awesome...dancing cats make my heat sing...

Bonbon Oiseau said...

hey just catching up! congratulations! that's fantastic news!!!
oxoxo,
deb

Bonbon Oiseau said...

oops and how to get published...try it the old fashioned way...make an awesome pitch to the publisher you want...(and osme second and third choices as well) tell them about your blog and about your all around cool human being-ness...
how can they not love you? they might tell you to get an agent in which you can ask them who they'd recommend---that's what i'd say?!
woohoo!

majeral said...

I had a client who made a cook book and went to one of the smaller presses. These books sell on a rack and are about 6x4 is size . She made over $10,000 on this. At first she did not want to do it because they were only going to pay her $1.50 a copy. I told her you not doing anything else for the book they are. When the checks came in she was happy.http://www.ehow.com/Search.aspx?s=how+to+get+a+book+pulbished&Options=0 try this site.

Abigail said...

for great advice on getting published
check out the following:

http://www.scbwi.org
http://www.underdown.org/
http://www.yellapalooza.com/tutorials/tutorials.html
http://www.verlakay.com/pgartistwriter2.html

and the book "Children's Writers and Illustrators Marketplace"

Good luck with the cats!

Isabel said...

I got a good friend who loves cats .. it could be superb!

Suz said...

My only advice: pursue pursue pursue! Your drawings are so adorable. I have three cats who never cease to make me giggle.

Pigtown-Design said...

ohhhhh...do i squeek in before the deadline???

i am thrilled to hear you're working on a children's book. i'll be first in line to buy it.

xo

Amy Eileen Koester said...

I love your cats, and I will certainly buy your book! Good luck with finding a publisher.

louloulovesbooks said...

I'm skidding in by the skin of my teeth here
craaaaaaassshhhhhhhhh...am i too late?

Ok. I make books. But I'm an ocean or two away from you but it would be great to have it bound in the way you imagine it as a book and tout that round to the publishers. I could do it for sure.

But maybe there is someone {not quite} like me where you live?

Beth said...

AWESOME!!!!

magicalpineapple said...

I know nothing about publishing, but I LOVE your cats!

RenMeleon said...

First, congratulations on committing to create a children's book! It is a wonderful process.

I love your cats, such lovely simplicity. I have not had a pet for some time now, having had to put my own lovely Stephanie (siamese) down after 14 years of companionship. She was my best friend in rough times and my beloved confidant. I miss her still. I know she is with me when I need her most, though; ever the warm spot in my chair.

On getting published...

Developing a following through a blog is a definite plus. You could sell a small book of sketches, facial studies, things that lead up to the book on Etsy with information about the upcoming book in it and on the site. Self-publishing is an option as well as finding an agent. I plan to self-publish a few personal copies for myself that I can mail out to agents. You will want to write a good query first though; I have an agents resource guide. Feel free to email me if you would like to discuss other ideas. I run a writer's group locally and am working on a children's book (agent), two art books (self publish) and two novels (agent) currently. I also do book/cover layout.

Regardless, good luck and you have one sale here when it is published!

Oh and, just FYI, I found you via Amy Ng's Pikaland site. :)

Brightest blessings!
Ria :)

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