As some of you have heard by now, Random House Children’s books has decided to close my imprint, Tricycle Press. Books scheduled through summer 2011 will be printed as Tricycle books.
MAY B. was to be released Fall 2011.
I first heard of Tricycle Press when my boys were younger, during our hitting-the-fifty-book-limit library days. We eagerly read things like THE PICKLE PATCH BATHTUB, TURTLE SPRING, FINKLEHOPPER FROG, and PUMPKIN CIRCLE: THE STORY OF A GARDEN.
Around that time, I submitted a picture book (or three) to Tricycle, though nothing ever came of it (and thank goodness! My writing has improved since then).
Fast forward to March 2010. When Agent Michelle told me Tricycle was interested in my verse novel, I was thrilled. Nicole Geiger got my character and my book. It was a story she would have loved as a child. I knew MAY would be safe in her hands.
This week has been a painful one for me: my book is in limbo, I’m no longer working with the editor who has taught me so much, and my imprint is closing its doors. The world is losing a wonderful, vibrant contributor to children’s literature. I’m losing my mentor, advocate, and guide.
Thank you, Tricycle, for the past eighteen years.
Nicole, here’s to the next batch of books and writers I know you will touch in whatever new endeavor you might pursue.
And here’s to MAY B.’s future, which I hope will be equally bright.
The next few weeks for me are wait and see. I’m going to take some time and relax, catch up on some reading, and enjoy my family. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I’ll be back Monday, 29 November.