I can’t believe we’re in the last stretch of summer. I’m still getting mosquito bites and craving ice-cold lemonade, so it doesn’t feel like summer’s over. Say it ain’t so!!
A few months ago, my publisher sent me some Folded & Gathered (F&G) copies of my upcoming book, THE PAPER KINGDOM. Subscribers to my website already got a sneak peek via my newsletter, but here are some images. I love how the book is turning out! The official launch date is February 18, 2020, but it’s available for pre-order on Amazon and B&N. If you do pre-order, save your receipt because I’ll be running a giveaway soon 🙂
Folded & Gathered copies (also known as F&Gs or Advance Reader Copies) are looseleaf, unbound versions of the book. F&Gs are reviewed carefully by the publishing house (for color correction, last edits, etc.) before it goes off to the printer to become the hardback bound copies you’ll find at bookstores and libraries. So it’s the final review step!
This image from the back cover really moves me. The story is based on my childhood, when my parents worked as night janitors at a corporate building for a few years. On nights when a relative or friend couldn’t watch over me, they took me with them to work. And with their stories, they made those tedious nights very magical for a cranky four-year-old. So magical that I wrote a book about it!
I love this image from illustrator Pascal Campion. It’s one of his iconic nighttime panels (similar to the ones he drew for The New Yorker) with my characters driving to work. So beautiful.
F&G copies are also sent to bookstores, libraries and reviewers to create interest and early buzz. I’m so utterly grateful to the librarians and booksellers who’ve already started expressing enthusiasm for the book on industry sites. Their reviews are making me weep with gratitude, and perhaps I’ll be able to share a few reviews with you as the launch date draws near.
The summer was a mix of being homebodies with Sherwin, and some really fun travel.
Here are some images of our summer at home:
Sherwin looks especially stout (and handsome) in his favorite place: our front yard. He loves spying on neighbors and yelling at other dogs.
I often like to write on a sofa facing our backyard patio. If you look to the right, there’s a lemon tree that grows way too much fruit. I can’t keep up! I gave away many bags of lemons. I think lemon juice is oozing out of my pores.
A good friend had her debut novel released by HarperCollins this summer, so we threw her a little lunch party in our backyard. With lemon chiffon cake (I didn’t bake it!).
Lemonade I made with lemons and mint from our backyard. Very cold and not too sweet — just the way I like it!
I attended the SCBWI conference this summer, and one of the best sessions was a chat with Arthur Levine. He’s the editor who brought the Harry Potter books to the U.S. He basically made history, and is now the owner of his own independent publishing house. He’s pictured with Lin Oliver, a founder of SCBWI. The session was full of insider info about the publishing industry, including a close look at an acquisitions meeting. That’s where the publishing co decides whether or not to make an offer for a writer’s manuscript. Fascinating. Yes, I took copious notes!
Here are some photos from our amazing trip to Paris, Provence and Corsica. I LOVE traveling in France. So much beauty, great food, culture and yes, even friendly people — especially in the south!
Fondling fruit at the farmer’s market in Aix.
I love French elegance.
And you know how I feel about chocolate! This is from Joël Durand‘s shop in St. Rémy.
Hanging out with family in Provence.
Look at those beautiful old buildings. The Geno looks happy bc we stuffed ourselves with chocolate.
And finally, here’s a little video to warm your heart:
I’ll be back soon with more updates. Until then, enjoy the last few weeks of summer!
Such an incredible honor to learn that Rosa’s Song is a picture book finalist for the Golden Poppy Award!! A heartfelt thanks to @caliba_20 (the California Independent Bookseller’s Alliance) and to everyone who has supported this book along its journey.
Congrats to the finalists in all categories!! It’s always nerve-racking to put a piece of your soul & imagination out in the world, so I have immense admiration and respect for my fellow creators, and for the talented publishing teams who’ve ushered these fabulous books into readers’ hands.
Hats off to the great indie bookstores for all the important work they do for our communities. I’m a fangirl!! ❤️
Support your local indie bookstores, and remember…books make wonderful gifts—you’re not just gifting an object, but an entire experience, an entire world! 🙌👏...
Ah, Paris. The place I keep seeking, ever since I lived there in my early 20s. Some highlights from our recent trip: • meeting Apollonia Poilane (CEO/owner of the bakery her grandfather established @poilane — maybe you’ve seen her Masterclass?) • wandering around the 6eme arrondissement (where I usually center myself whenever I go back) • admiring new cards by the late artist JJ Sempé in our room with a magnificent view • a breakfast at Café de Flore • a delicious ramen shop @kodawariramen • shopping at the beautiful new boutique of artist @marinmontagut near the Luxembourg Garden • visiting my old street near the Seine, where I spent a very happy year or so • a charming moment watching a pro soccer player at La Place Saint-Sulpice 💕 I could go on and on, but if you want some Paris tips (specifically for introverts who hate crowds!), I wrote a post several years back — on my blog under Travel. #vivelafrance🇫🇷 #iloveparis #francophile #authorslife...
I was very lucky to live in Paris for two years during my 20s. I will always love how everything is elevated to the level of art, done with the highest level of professionalism—food, window decorations, life. During this last trip, I only got to spend 5 days near my old neighborhood in the 6eme arrondissement, but I hope to live there again (or in Provence) someday.❤️🇫🇷 #vivelafrance #saintsulpice #authorslife...
I was invited to speak at Rosecrans Elementary in Compton this past week, and the students were so engaged as I spoke about the ups and downs of becoming a published author. When I described the rejections, they gasped and cried, “No!!” And when I spoke of the triumphs, they cheered and bounced in their seats. I could tell many of them wanted to tell stories of their own, esp when one student said, “I want to go write!” They were each given a copy of Rosa’s Song, but one boy came up to me afterwards and tried to hand me money. He wanted to compensate me for my book, but I told him the book was a gift and no payment was necessary I think the story of trials and triumphs really resonated with some of them, and I hope they’ll go on to do great things. I’m always so moved when I meet smart, curious kids in inner-city neighborhoods, for I know they have the passion & drive to bring the good changes we need.
Thank you, @accessbooksca and @puente_strategies for gifting each student with a book and for transforming school libraries. And thank you, Rosecrans Elementary, for a truly amazing morning ❤️
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I’m thrilled to announce my latest book deal with the brilliant team at @randomhousestudio and @myo.yim.drawing (a super talented artist based in Australia)! The No-Shoes Home is a story about learning to treasure family traditions. As a kid, I got annoyed sometimes about having to remove my shoes before entering my home. I was also embarrassed when I had to introduce my non-Asian friends to our no-shoes rule, which my mother upheld religiously, even when the plumber or handyman stopped by 😅 The publication date is a few years away, but I can’t wait for you to meet Mina and her hilarious friends!
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