The waiting game

Hi everyone,

This week I got a positive response to a new manuscript so now I wait for a final decision after it goes to committee. Of course there’s a big difference between a good response and a contract offer, but a submission rarely goes to committee unless the editor likes it. In the meantime I have plenty to do while I wait.

Tomorrow Kate Cosgrove, who illustrated AND THE BULLFROGS SING, will give a book talk about our title at Schuler Books and Music in Okemos, Michigan. Wish I could be there to hear her. If you haven’t seen the book, which came out in May, I hope you’ll find a copy soon. After a new book is released it’s hard to keep the initial buzz going without boring friends half to death.

Here’s what Schuler says about Kate.

Kate Cosgrove is an illustrator and artist from Michigan. She received a BFA with honors from Michigan State University. Kate’s illustrations have been published in all kinds of print and web media. She has exhibited in galleries and online, with collectors across the United States, Australia, Canada, Colombia, England, France and Switzerland. Cosgrove illustrated ‘Family Album,’ a children’s album by the hit rock band The Verve Pipe. In 2011 she was awarded an Arts Council Individual Artist Grant for her child-friendly art show “Animal ArtVenture,” hosted by the Lansing Art Gallery.

She says of her art, “I was born into a family where everyone makes something: art, music, food, clothing, noise, a mess… I found I like to make messes and art at a very early age. I expect to keep doing both until I draw my last breath. I’m a lucky girl.”

And the Bullfrogs Sing: A Life Cycle Begins Cover Image
And the Bullfrogs Sing: A Life Cycle Begins (Hardcover)
By David L. Harrison, Kate Cosgrove (Illustrator)$17.99
ISBN: 9780823438341
Published: Holiday House – May 21st, 2019
Available through Schuler and Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0823438341?pf_rd_p=183f5289-9dc0-416f-942e-e8f213ef368b&pf_rd_r=8XZ36A5E82SDM6TBCZ1B

We have a storm heading this way tonight. Hoping for good luck.

Another nice review of AND THE BULLFROGS SING

Hi everyone,

As my latest title, AND THE BULLFROGS SING, continues the process of finding its way into the market place, any new (good) review is most welcome. That’s why I’m grateful to Youth Services Book Review for this one. https://ysbookreviews.wordpress.com/2019/07/09/and-the-bullfrogs-sing-a-life-cycle-written-by-david-l-harrison-illustrated-by-kate-cosgrove/ The reviewer gives it a 4 rather than a 5 but the difference seems to be that she would have liked a glossary at the end of the book to define terms used in the book. I’m not sure what terms she might select but I had hoped that all was explained in the text so I chose to present addition frog facts and resources on the last page. It’s still a good review and I am delighted to receive it.

By the way, the wonderfully talented artist for this book, Kate Cosgrove, is receiving rave reviews for her work. Get acquainted with Kate’s work and you’ll become a fan too!

The frogs are off and hopping

Hi everyone,

I just checked the status on Amazon for AND THE BULLFROGS SING and am pleased that after a week it’s still ranked the #1 New Release in Children’s Reptile & Amphibian Books, #57 in Children’s Frog & Toad Books, and #87 in Children’s Reptile & Amphibian Books. Soon I hope to see some reader reviews start popping up. Publishers Weekly and Kirkus like it so that’s a good sign.

Off and hopping

Hi everyone,

AND THE BULLFROGS SING is off to a good start. As of this morning it ranks #30 among frog and toad books. This opening surge may not last but it’s fun for now. Of the 29 titles ahead of mine, all but five are fictionalized stories, including a good many FROG AND TOAD books by Arnold Lobel, so I’m happy about the early running of my science-based telling of the life cycle of bullfrogs. That’s a good sign that informational books on this subject may be hard to find. I’m grateful to Grace Maccarone at Holiday House for working with me on this one and to artist Kate Cosgrove for making these frogs nearly hop off the pages into your lap.

To everyone who has been kind enough to post pictures and early news about receiving your books, thank you! As we all know, early hype makes a world of difference in how a book will eventually perform. Reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly are helping, and I hope to see more professional as well as reader reviews begin to come in. It’s all a process and one must wait step by step for it all to happen.

Yesterday I finished a new science-based nonfiction book and sent it off to my agent. I also added some final requested tweaks to the manuscript of my next book, which will come out in spring 2020. It’s shaping up to be a beautiful book. Once again I’m being blessed with a splendid artist.