This week I happen to be chatting in my Children's Authors and Illustrators group on Facebook. Halfway through the chat, the illustrator, Lisa Wallace, and I both realized that she illustrated one of my son's favorite sticker books. I explained to her how that sticker book has saved us many times at restaurants, outings and trips. She seemed genuinely excited to find out how much George enjoys his sticker book.
Years ago-and not that many, really-I would have never just stumbled upon an illustrator. I would have had to mail a letter to her to show our appreciation of her work. And we may have heard back, probably weeks later.
With Skype, authors and illustrators can visit book clubs, libraries, schools, and more without really having to go anywhere. I do enjoy an in-person visit, especially writing for excited children, but it's beyond nice to have the option.
Who knows who I will stumble upon next week...
Below is George with his sticker book (the picture I sent to Lisa Wallace), and a link to her sticker page on Facebook.