Wednesday, April 30, 2008


As my publishing schedule has significantly lightened, I have started to feel a bit of panic. Some of the "lightening" was by choice, which may have been an unwise decision, now considering my recent dearth of potential picturebook projects. For while ideas have been plentiful, story writing has not been successful and I begin to wonder if I have just lost my touch.

Then I realize that these are the feelings that I have had for every book that I have done, for the last ten years. Yep, ten. I know this because Charlesbridge, the publisher of my first book "The Ugly Vegetables" has just agreed to put out a 10 year Anniversary edition of the book! The book is going to be redesigned with a new cover, some new spots and backgrounds. Very exciting!

For the new cover, I want to do a throwback to the promotional piece that caught my editor's eye and inspired the whole book:

I'm also hoping they will inspire me for a new picturebook project as well!


alvinaling said...

Yeehaw! Congratulations! Am I allowed to say that THE UGLY VEGETABLES is a classic, now that it's been out for ten years?

Anna Alter said...

Ooo I can't wait to see the new version. Ten years is worth celebrating!

Elaine Magliaro said...


I think it's great celebrating the tenth anniversary of your book. That's significant...considering that many children's books go out print so fast these days--often before they've had a chance to capture an audience.

Hooray for you--and Charlesbridge!

Anonymous said...

Dear Ms. Lin,

I love your books, having recently read _Year of the Dog_ and _Year of the Rat_ for my 38 year old self. For my 3 year old daughter, _Dim Sum for Everyone!_ was a brilliant introduction to the experience. She eagerly awaited little egg tarts on little dishes. Was your exterior art based on the Boston Chinatown? It seemed familiar.

Congratulations on the 10th anniversary of _The Ugly Vegetables_!

--Deb Tomaselli, a New England transplant to Texas