Now Available: The Denim Jungle!

16 Nov

Alright, people. Today marks the day that The Denim Jungle is officially available to 39,000 retailers and libraries over 87% of the world! You can order yours right now on Amazon. CRAZY.

To celebrate, here are some illustration sneak peeks. Enjoy, and happy holidays to you and your little explorers!

Title Page Art Blue


Amazon Pinecones Puddle Cover

Cover Design

10 Nov

Book PublishingThey say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but in fact we all do.

Take for example the books above, all of which come up when you search Amazon for “cover design.”

One topic. Five very different covers. And five rather different judgements we automatically assign to each.

Self-publishing friends, those judgements transform into sales.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, folks. Here are three easy tips to make your book’s first impression a lasting one… in a good way.

*To see the grand reveal of The Denim Jungle cover, check out tip #3 below!* Continue reading


6 Nov
laptop computer loading printing coffee

See that little bar? That’s my book flying off to Print-ville!

What a week, you guys! I seriously can’t even believe everything that’s happened in the past five days.

  • Sunday: Received all final art assets for The Denim Jungle.
  • Monday: Learned InDesign to layout the book for printing.
  • Tuesday: Finalized the layout files with an old design friend.
  • Wednesday: Received proofreader approval.
  • Thursday: Uploaded the files and distribution info on the printer’s site and in the ISBN database.

I feel like I’ve been on fast forward! And somehow I even took care of two kids and squeezed in a little client work on top of all that.

Today I’m ordering the proof, and (assuming all’s well) The Denim Jungle could be in my hands and available for sale as early as next week!

Regardless, I’ll definitely be sharing some art with you very soon. Jackie has gone above and beyond with the illustrations. I think you’ll be blown by her style.

It seems funny that a book five years in the making could go from idea to actuality in basically six days. But that’s how dreams work. They have fits and starts, but boy, when the universe sees your serious, does it put wind in your sails.

Keep working toward those dreams, friends. And soon I’ll have LOTS of from-the-trenches tips for all my fellow would-be children’s authors.

Book Writing Postpartum

29 Oct
Book Writing Postpartum

© Stephen Nakatani, Flickr Creative Commons

It’s been almost five years since The Denim Jungle germinated inside me. It began as a promise and grew to be guide, challenger, and teacher.

At times, it was downright maddening and frustrating. I would’ve given anything to just be done with it. But throwing in the towel was never an option. It was a mysterious inevitability inside me, pushing me toward the finish line.

Never once did I think I’d be anything but elated to cross that finish line. Yet for the past few weeks, I’ve had the blues about it. Continue reading

A Special October Throwback Thursday

8 Oct


Szaba Angela Pumpkin Patch 2012In the interest of Throwback Thursday, I dug up a few October oldies but goodies: no-sew wigs, creative costume ideas, and even the world’s best made-up holiday (though I may be biased… since I made it up).

Wishing you all a fun, creative, thoughtful October.

Felt Sew Halloween CostumeNo-Sew Costume Wig

All you need is felt, yarn, and glue. Okay, and maybe an hour of your time. But, hey, you can do it while watching your favorite thriller, right?

Here’s how.

Clever Girl Costumes

Ready to step away from pre-made costume rack? Continue reading

Eye Candy

29 Sep

It’s Tuesday morning. You’re knee deep into a busy week, and the weekend lies far in the distance…

You need a break. You need some eye candy.

Profile Snake LeavesThe Denim Jungle on Instagram

Are you on Instagram? I’ve started an account for @thedenimjungle with pictures about seeing the world from a kids’ perspective. Come on, aren’t you curious what I could possibly be posting over there? Take or look… or better yet post your own kids’ fun (and funny) insights. Don’t forget to use #denimjungle. Continue reading

Falling Forward

22 Sep

Green Lake Autumn Walk Shadows

Hey, remember me? It’s been awhile. Things have been a little crazy town over here. Book progress is moving full steam ahead (for release this November!) while I juggle client jobs to fund it. Plus, summer has morphed into autumn, my youngest is in preschool, and my eldest has officially entered the wild world of kindergarten.

And yet, even as I find myself falling forward into new routines, challenges, and goals, Continue reading


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