Thursday, March 30, 2017

MINRS3?

*** UPDATE October 2017 ***
Spring 2018 - details to follow
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I've been getting a lot of questions from fans of MINRS and MINRS2 asking when and if there will be a MINRS3. 

We'll, here's the answer. Yes and no.... or, perhaps more accurately, maybe.

The good news for those who are waiting for the conclusion is that I have written the first draft of the book. It's on my computer hard-drive right now. The not so good news, is that there are no plans to publish it.

The reality of the book world is that publishers need to sell books to make money to pay authors to write more books. MINRS has done well (named a CLA Honour book, nominated for a Red Maple, MYRCA award, Tome Society award and more), but the series hasn't hit the sales numbers that my publisher (or me) wanted or hoped for.

That's fair enough. Publishing is a business and publishers need to make money.  The only way to do that is to sell books. The truth is that no one has the secret to what makes one book a hit, and others just do okay. We tried, and I keep trying. 

I'm proud of the books. The lives of Christopher, Elena, Fatima, Darcy and the others are very real and dear to me. I want to tell readers what happens to them in the third and final volume. And the feedback from school visits, where I give some of the background to the series and do a short reading, has been great. I have hope. 

So, if you'd like to see a MINRS3, please spread the word about the books. 

Tell your friends why you liked the books. Tell them to try reading it. I don't know if it will help MINRS hit that next level, but from my experience, "word of mouth" is the only surefire way to gain momentum. 

I would like to give a gigantic thanks to everyone who has enjoyed the story so far. There may be some other way to complete the story for fans of MINRS, but I'm a writer, not a publisher. Like I say, I have hope.












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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Authors For Indies Day

I love bookstores and booksellers.

And this year, I got asked to do something pretty cool for Authors for Indies Day (April 29th).

This is the day when authors volunteer as booksellers to show their support for Indie Bookstores.

And this year, there will be some original artwork up for grabs.... hint hint.

I can only give you a sneak peek, but here ya go! (This is slightly different from the sneak peek I tweeted earlier).


Monday, January 23, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Why I signed

About 160 kids authors who have books with Simon and Schuster have signed a letter to the company protesting the recent contract for Milo Yiannopoulos.


The text of the letter spells out the argument very well, but I still struggled with this. Free speech needs to be protected, no doubt. This includes defending the right of people to make the most offensive comments imaginable. Yiannopoulos makes a lot of them.

But, for me, that's not the point of this protest.

My problem with this particular guy is his actions, not his thoughts or ideas.

Yiannopoulos doesn't just spread ideas I don't like, he leads and coordinates targeted attacks on people, using social media, because of their race and gender. Leslie Jones, Gamergate, 

He sets out to ruin lives. He brags about it.

A $250,000 advance for a book deal for this guy isn't just a validation of his views, but a reward for the way he has made a name for himself.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

2016 draws to a close

Yes, 2016 has been rough. (Thanks for nothing Electoral College) but it's been an amazing year for Kids Lit, especially here in Canada.

I've been drawing personal inspiration from watching so many of my colleagues posting their artwork on social media.

If you don't follow Debbie Ohi, Qin Leng, Sydney Smith, Jon Klassen, Terry and Eric Fan on Tumblr, Instagram, twitter, Facebook... GO DO IT NOW! Not that they need my help to get followers, but just watching them draw makes me want to do it, and do it better. (and this is FAR from an exhaustive list of amazing artists who inspire me).

To close out 2016, I've been trying to draw more each day, drawing inspiration from them as well. Here are some holiday tidbits.





Happy Holidays everyone!




Saturday, November 26, 2016

2016 Lino-cut print!

Happy almost holidays everyone!

It's almost time for the annual CBC Radio Sounds of the Season show here in Toronto. Each year I make a limited number of linocut prints and send them out to donors who give more than $100 to the Daily Bread Food Bank (the money goes to food banks across the province).

I've done a new version of this year's print (there's a sloppy moon on the website which I have determined was not up to CBC standards)

The new idea? A star. A beacon of hope and light in a dark world... no matter which holiday you keep (or don't) this time of year.

You can donate here.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/events/cbc-toronto-s-sounds-of-the-season-1.3826517


The show is this Friday! I'l also be there doing another live doodle (with audience participation) in the atrium outside the show.