Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Hard work starting to slowly pay off

Well, in the spirit of being an artist and all of the ups and downs that go with the territory, I can finally say that some of the hard work that I have been doing has been paid off this week. It has been hard not to blog about all that has happened, but will spill a little of the beans. It all started with a phone call a couple of weeks ago from a publisher that was looking to get into the children's book area and was really interested in what I was doing. After going back and forth for the last two weeks, we were able to come to terms and sign a contract and book publishing deal. So, as of today, I will be their main illustrator for projects coming in and already have my first project in hand. I promise that as soon as some of the loose ends and the information is up on their website, I will divulge more, but I know that this is a great opportunity to really expand my capabilities and further my development into the childrens book market. And if that wasn't enough, I was pleasantly surprised to find out today that I was one of the few artists chosen to be apart of the Art on Grand event in St. Paul coming up in November. The event is a one evening extravaganza where they turn the historic grand ave in St. Paul into a gallery walk. Each business that participates sponsors one artist and that artist gets the whole store to showcase their work. It is an event that is very well recieved and attended and can't wait to find out who my sponsor is. But, now the realization of all that has to happen is also starting to hit home a little. The shear amount of work that must be done will be crazy, but with the excitement of all that's going on, I think I can get it done on time.

9 comments:

Jake said...

Congratuations, Shawn! Sorry I missed your call last night. Hopefully we can talk soon.

Janvangogh said...

Congratulations! Perserverance pays off.

Shawn McCann said...

Thanks Jake. We will have to talk soon. Congrats go your way as well!

Shawn McCann said...

Thanks Janet. It is fun to see things come through after such a long time trying. Hopefully everything will go well with the new contract.

Cynthia said...

Congratulations Shawn - this is terrific news! I hope to see your books in the library at the elementary school my daughter attends in the near future.

Also - way to go on the art walk. That sounds wonderful too. I'm already starting to panic at all the work I have coming up, I can't imagine what you have to do to get ready!

Shawn McCann said...

I appreciate all of the compliments Cynthia. It is definitely going to be alot of work and I will be stressing a little about if it will all get done or not. But that is the fun of deadlines I guess.

princesstomato said...

Contrats, indeed! that is fantastic. I love your work and am so happy for you! here's to many late nights and deadlines!!!

teri

Shawn McCann said...

Thanks Teri for the thoughts. I appreciate you stopping by.

Christina Rodriguez said...

Hi Shawn,

Congrats on your book news! That is awesome!