Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A dream come true! : )

Hi everyone! I hope you're all doing well and enjoying this November so far! I can't believe how time is flying and how we are nearing Thanksgiving out here in the states.

I wanted to share with you my very, very happy news that I am officially working with Lee & Low on two new books due in 2015! Today, I received the contract in the mail and it feels so great to be officially working on two picture books with such an amazing team. I am grateful for my agent's wonderful and hard work. Thank you Nicole! And I am so grateful to have this opportunity to work with my new editor, Jessica, and my new art director, Maria.

Something also very wonderful, too, is that the main characters are diverse children! I am truly honored to help support the efforts in bringing diverse books to the future generations.

Thank you all for supporting me through the years here at the blog..without your support and encouragement, my journey would be less rich, less blessed..so I thank you with all my heart.

The hard work is ahead, and I hope to share bits and pieces if I can (I'll have to get approval to do so), but I am so excited about it that I'm going to give it my all! ~ Shirley

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  1. Congrats, Shirley! I'm so very thrilled to see this and can't wait to hear more about your two new books for 2015!

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    1. I'm excited too, Charles! Digging in and working hard, and it's all fabulous! Thanks again so much!

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  2. Yay, congratulations!! So excited for you! :)

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    1. You're an inspiration, Melissa, thank you so much!!

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  3. That's absolutely fantastic Shirley!!! Wonderful amazing and well deserved!!!!! Double hugs and a small (big) bottle of French Champagne! Cheers stagger hic :) But seriously, really looking forward to seeing you up there in neon lights :)

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    1. Andrewwwwwwwww!! A big fat virtual hug to you my friend! Thank you so much for being the start of our Illustrious Critters mutual fan-club! I am clinking my glass to you, too!

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  4. O wow Shirley that is the best news. I am totally thrilled and delighted for you, this is so well deserved, you know how much I adore your sweet illustrations.............way to go my friend..........Huge hugs xx

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    1. Thank you SO much dear Jane..I really appreciate all of your support through the years :)

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    1. Thanks so much Valerie!! I appreciate that!

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  6. Wonderful news Shirley, and well deserved. I hope we can continue to share and encourage your journey though I know you will only be able to share snippets!
    What a busy time lies ahead for you :) Keep the fun part going.

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    1. June, I will most definitely share snippets as I go (if they are ok with it :)) and thank you SO much for all of your support and help and encouragement through the years..I really appreciate it and you've inspired me with your lovely work. Thank you June!

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  7. Oh, that is absolutely fantastic news!! Congratulations, Shirley! Happy drawing!

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    1. Hi Dow! Thanks so very much! I will be working away and looking forward to all of it. :)

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  8. Such awesome news, Shirley! This is huge and I'm so happy to read it. Congratulations! I would say 'have a great week' here, but it seems that's already happening. Congratulations again and a thousand times more!

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    1. Donny, that means so much to me..thank you SO very much for all of your wonderful visits and comments throughout the years..your support is so appreciated!!

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  9. YAYYYY!!!!!! WAHOOOO!!! YIP YIP YIP YIP!!!! Ooooh, girrrrrrrrrl, congratulations! I'm so thrilled and excited!!!! I want a whole shelf of books by you!

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    1. You are SO sweet...Bella, I just am so grateful for your support and encouragement through the years. It means so much to me!! Thank you!!

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  10. Well done Shirley, I know that will be hard work, but your characters are always so cute, hope we get a glimpse soon! Have fun :)

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    1. Hi Julie! Thank you so much! I will definitely enjoy this and work hard..and I hope to share soon. Thanks again for your lovely visits and comments!!

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  11. OH that's such great news! Your characters are so adorable, I'm glad they get to travel out into the real world too! :D

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    1. Thank you SO much Nancy! I really appreciate it and I am excited that my characters will get to move on into the real world..yay!!

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  12. That's such a fantastic news, so happy for you. Enjoy every minute of it :)

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    1. Thanks so very much Luda! I will definitely do so! :)

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  13. Congratulations! That is such wonderful news! Can't wait to get my hands on them. :)

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    1. Melissa, that is SO so very kind..thank you so much for your wonderful support through the years! :)

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  14. Congratulations Shirley! Can not wait to see the finished product.

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