Publication is a slow process. Even magazine publications can take a long time. Years ago I sold a piece to Highlights and it took three years before it was published. But it appeared in their 50th anniversary addition so that made the wait worthwhile. (Fortunately, they pay on acceptance.)
Work-for-hire is often quicker, but still not immediate. This past week I got two of the three books I wrote for Unibooks (Korea) in late 2011. We finished rewrites in early 2012. Published under the Tuntun label which produces books to teach Korean children English, these books are written by native English speakers. I'm very pleased with how my books, both retellings of Aesop fables, turned out. Each cover has some special effects of shiny texture. (I'm sure there is some correct technical word, but I don't know it.)
BELLING THE CAT was illustrated by Kwak Jinyoung. Jinyoung did a great job. The mice crack me up. The cat is nice and wicked (from a mouse's point of view). There are two fold out pages and one fold up page, which was a fun surprise. I also like how she did some lettering as if it was cut out fabric.
THE FOX AND THE CRANE was illustrated by Son Junghyun. Junghyun put in lots of details that mean kids could spend a long time reading and rereading before they notice them all. I especially like the image of Fox pulling a trick on Rabbit. Look at the sidewalk and trees in this image.
I worked with two editors on these books and we did a number of revisions. I worked with a different editor on a third book, MY SHADOW, that is to come out next month.
Some of my friends wrote books for Tuntun also and got their copies recently, too:
Jo S. Kittinger: I JUMP UP, I COME BACK DOWN (about gravity) and THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF. Read about Jo on her website.
Monica Harris: SASHA'S SENSES, SOPHIE & GYURI'S FUN DAY - review 2, SOPHIE & GYURI'S FUN DAY - review 3. Monica lost her webmaster so plans to focus on updating her site in 2013.
Another friend, like me, is waiting for further copies. Genny Heikka will be getting A TRIP TO THE SUPERMARKET soon. On her site you can see she's done a lot of books for this company.