BOOK JOURNEYS Our Path to Picture Books: Zara González Hoang & Alexandra Alessandri in conversation
Join Zara González Hoang, author-illustrator of A NEW KIND OF WILD (Dial Books, April 2020) and Alexandra Alessandri, author of FELIZ NEW YEAR, AVA GABRIELA! (Albert Whitman, October 2020) as they explore their individual book journeys and provide an insider’s look at what it takes to write, illustrate, and publish a children’s picture book.
This interactive LIVE session with Q&A will discuss:
- How we came up with our ideas
- What our process is like
- The role of setting and place in our books
- Leaving room for illustrations and how it varies between author-illustrators and authors
- The submission process, including formatting, book dummies, and more
- Must-haves for authors and author-illustrators
- How to market yourself as an author or author-illustrator
Zara González Hoang
Zara González Hoang is a Jewish Puerto Rican author and illustrator of picture books. Her debut book as author as well as illustrator, A New Kind of Wild was published by Dial books in April and was a Spring 2020 IndieNext pick. She has also illustrated Thread of Love (Beach Lane Books) and Mi Casa is My Home. (Candlewick Press, 2021) She lives outside of DC in a magical suburban forest with her Mad Man husband, human-shaped demons, curly coated corgi and a jungle of plants.
Alexandra Alessandri is the Colombian-American author of Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela! (Albert Whitman) and the forthcoming Isabel and Her Colores go to School (Sleeping Bear Press, 2021). She is also an Associate Professor of English at Broward College and a poet, with some of her work appearing in The Acentos Review, Rio Grande Review, Atlanta Review, and YARN. Alexandra lives in Florida with her husband and son.