Friday, July 19, 2013

Textbook Famous!

The only time you should really get excited about a textbook is when you've WRITTEN WHAT'S IN IT!

At the end of last year when I was teaching for part of the day and planning a wedding for the other part of the day, I was also writing short stories for Grade 7, 8 and 9 Core Readers for English First Additional Language. And yesterday I finally got to see copies of these readers! And meet the other writers and the team that put the books together! (And eat cake, which was a very important part of the afternoon.)

I've never thought about writing picture books before, but I can now imagine the excitement a picture book author feels when they see the illustrations that go with their story--because there are all these gorgeous pictures that have been drawn to match my stories! SO. COOL!

The beautiful books.

There was an initial panic because the cakes were late, but they were worth the wait!

Author Alana Baranov checking out her work.

The four authors plus editor, illustrator and layout designer.

Meeeeeee! (But you knew that ;-) )

One of my stories in the Grade 7 Reader.
 
One of my stories in the Grade 8 Reader.

One of my stories in the Grade 9 Reader (I had so much fun writing this Facebook one!)


13 comments:

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats, Rachel! So excited for you. And can't believe you wrote the stories with everything else going on.

Melanie Schulz said...

That's wonderful! Congratulations!

Juliana Haygert said...

That's awesome! Congrats!

Andrew Leon said...

Well, isn't that cool. I think it would be cool to be in a text book in, like, 100 years. You know, something like "important authors of the early 21st century."

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Rachel, that's awesome! A new avenue for you to explore now.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats Rachel, that's super cool.

Cathy Keaton said...

Very cool, Rachel! Looks like the colab was very successful and fun. :)

Cally Jackson said...

Very cool! What are the stories about?

I loved seeing a visual representation of my characters on the cover of my book so I know what you mean about having your words turned into images. Such a cool experience. :-)

Carole Anne Carr said...

Loved the picture books, I would add more to the one I've written if I could afford the cost of the illustrator.... must improve my drawing skills... sigh..

Libby said...

Awwww, that's so cool!!!!!!!

Damyanti said...

This is awesome. Congratulations!

Emilyann Girdner said...

That is so cool! :)Big congrats Rachel. And man you made me jealous talking about all that cake, lol.

michelle said...

Congratulations Rachel! This is awesome news... simply awesome!