When it takes many tries…

I've been working on my children's book sketches. Every few days I try to get one sketch done. But at lucky number 7, I hit a roadblock: the original layout felt boring, so I tried again. And again. And again. Finally, I had to let it sit before I could…

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Operation Easter Island

Way back last November, I had the idea to write a story based on the words "Operation Easter Island". Some brainstorms, a long break and more edits later, here is a somewhat stable draft of the story and some concept sketches (the numbers represent double-page spreads, like what you see…

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First Author Contract!

I've written on several occasions before. Family parties, school dedications, friend's birthdays or just for my own enjoyment. But so far, I haven't been officially published beyond those kinds of settings. Well, that just changed: I got to sign my first contract with a small publisher in Germany (SCM Verlag)!…

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SCBWI-Conference!

On Friday morning at 8.30, I got on a bus in Heidelberg, bound towards Zürich. I spent the weekend at a conference for children's book authors and illustrators, the SCBWI Europolitan. SCBWI is the "Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators" and offers connection and opportunities to grow in your…

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Pineapple Juice: A Shortstory

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I was brainstorming for new story ideas. One of them was the word "pineapple juice". I just liked the sound of it and thought it would make a great title. So, a few weeks later, this is what came out of it: A…

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Milestone: A full Dummy Book!

"Somehow something is Missing!": I have been working on this children's book project for 3 months. And in the last 3 days, I was working almost all day on the last illustrations. The result: a book you can look at from start to finish. It's what you call a "dummy…

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