Just as cards saved through the years recall friends and family of holidays past, so, too, does this cute greeting remind me of the publisher who brought out my first book: Tricycle Press.
That picture book was Why Explore? and Tricycle released it 12 years ago.
Since then, I have discovered that no subsequent book, no matter how well received or even how well written, feels the same as holding Book # 1 in your hands for the very first time. The sensation of being a “published” author is sweet indeed after years of rejection letters.
Tricycle Press went on to publish two more of my picture books before a large publisher acquired its parent company, Ten Speed. That publishing house already had several children’s imprints so they discontinued publishing books under the Tricycle banner and disbanded the imprint’s staff.
It was sad to see them go, but I had a happy ending with my editor from Tricycle, Abigail Samoun. She moved on to cofound Red Fox Literary and took me on as a client, so we still work together.
But I will always remember fondly Tricycle Press where it all began with my first book in 2005.