Have you every wondered why elephants have such a long nose?
It moves and wiggles like a garden hose.
They could use it to swing a baseball bat.
Or to hold their rolled up yoga mat.
What if they want to give you a high five?
They could reach out their nose to give it a try!
Does it take longer to sneeze, like a water slide at the park?
Down and around and loops in the dark!
What would you do if your nose was like theirs?
Maybe it could help you with everything everywheres!
Like carrying your school books or brushing your teeth.
hands noses with someone you meet.
Next time you see one ask, “Why?” because they won’t be wrong.
When they tell you why their nose is so long!
You may be wondering what my book is about. Well, I’m keeping it under wraps for the most part, but I’ll say this: behind all the amazing things we see in the world, there’s an artist. From something as tiny as a lady bug to as large as the Atlantic Ocean, there’s a creator that made it all. This book touches on God’s creativity in nature; things we experience that can only have come from an amazingly creative artist. That’s part of who God is, and I think this book will present it in a way that is fun for young readers and parents, too. Or if you’re an uncle looking to be “the cool uncle,” this book will help you achieve that goal! At least I hope it does, because I’m also trying to be the cool uncle. Every. Day. Of. My. Life.
Every day that goes by could be a page in the book being written about my publishing experience. If that were true, I’m guessing we’re at the mid-way point of the story. Things are starting to come together and the main character (my book) will soon be what it was meant to be… a published book!
I’m anxious to share some of the illustrations with you, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise. So be patient! I’m trying to do the same.
Today I’ve been working with Laura the illustrator on nailing down a cover. She’s sent me a few great ideas but none seem to quite feel right. So today she’s going back to the drawing board to come up with a few more ideas. I believe we’ll both know when it’s right, and it’ll be great. She’s also working on the color illustrations for the interior of the book; images we’ve agreed are good to go.
Also, the other day I was Snapchatting with my 12-year-old niece and took this picture.
The more I’ve had time to think about it, it’s more of a sea horse, is it not? Anyway, hope you’re having a good week!
The team assembled to make my book a reality took time to put together. But I’m so happy with who signed on to be part of the journey. With the help of these three people, the book is going to be amazing. I’m so proud, and so happy that they’ve worked so hard to make my book great!
Carin Siegfried – editor
I found Carin through Reedsy.com and she’s been great in making my book a lot more professional with a good flow, and is helping handle a lot of the legal and technical stuff. She’s full of great advice, and she’s awesome!
Laura Watson – illustrator
I found Laura through Childrensillustrators.com and couldn’t be more happy with having her on board. She creates amazing pictures, and I can’t wait for you all to see her work in my book! While you wait for the book, check out her original art on Etsy, here.
Diana Wade – designer
Diana Wade was referred to me and I’m so glad. She’s such a pleasure to work with and has done so much research on how to print/distribute my book. She’s been an invaluable asset and when you see my book and think, “Wow, this looks amazing!” you have Diana to thank for that.