It’s a wonderful kind of delight to represent someone I have worked with in another professional capacity, and who also happens to live nearby enough that we can meet up in person now and then! Thus it is with Julie Bliven, who is a wonderful editor at Charlesbridge and also happens to be my client.
It’s an ESPECIALLY wonderful kind of delight when someone who has worked as an editor for years, helping writers achieve their publishing dreams, and gets her first deal for a book of her own. And that is also the case with Julie Bliven, I am pleased to say!
Julie’s picture book text SOMETIMES SHY was signed by Andrea Hall at Beaming Books (in my own first deal with this publisher), and Andrea has attached the very talented Dang Khoa Tran as illustrator.
The story is a lyrical contemplation of one child’s sense of quiet vs. shyness, and how shyness can be situational. It will be published in spring 2023, which is just around the corner!
Huge congratulations, Julie!