Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 4, 2018

Book Giveaway: WAKE UP, LITTLE BAT!

Author and illustrator Sarah Momo Romero new book titled, WAKE UP, LITTLE BAT! hit bookshelves on Tuesday this week. She has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Sarah!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Poor Little Bat! He really wants to join his family’s nighttime fun, but he just can’t stay awake. Little Bat tries everything- drinking tons of fruit juice, playing the loudest music, and splashing in the coldest water, but nothing works. What is a little bat to do? Find out in this humorous story about family and discovery that ends with a twist.

BOOK’S JOURNEY:

I love to tell the story of where the idea for Little Bat came from because it’s been quite a journey. I’ve always been an artist and painter, but kept my writing in journals. About eight years ago (that’s right EIGHT!), I was on my first winter vacation with my then-boyfriend (now husband). We were relaxing in front of the fireplace when the idea of a little owl that can’t stay up at night popped into my head. The thought made me laugh, and when I got home, I started sketching out all the ways this little guy would try to stay awake. The sketches turned into a rough story, but the idea never really went anywhere, and I put the little owl aside.

In the meantime, I continued on my creative journey, making art for local shops and galleries, designing wedding invitations and selling greeting cards at craft fairs. But nothing really felt right. I had a longing for artistic expression, but I had no idea what that would look like. Then two years ago, after doing some research, I took my first writing class with Dr. Mira Reisberg and the Children’s Book Academy. That was the biggest turning point on my creative journey.

I soaked up all the new lessons about writing children’s books, and spent countless hours in the library discovering picture books. I wrote and rewrote my story, sharing my writing along the way with Mira and my new, fabulous critique group. My little owl became a little bat named Murphy. Then Murphy eventually became Little Bat. I had found my new passion!

Everything from then on feels like a whirlwind of a dream, one that started with winning the class Golden Ticket opportunity and connecting with Callie Metler-Smith, publisher of Clear Fork Publishing. After a few rounds of edits, and much anticipation, Callie offered me a contract to publish WAKE UP, LITTLE BAT! The best part was hearing how much she loved my artwork, and how she connected with Little Bat right away since her mom was a 5th grade science teacher who loved bats. She wanted me to illustrate my book as well!

The dream didn’t stop there, but it turned into a new reality of exciting but very hard work. I work as a graphic designer full-time, so I knew I would need to dedicate every hour of my spare time towards this new venture. Once the initial excitement of a book contract subsided, I was faced with this incredibly daunting challenge. How was I going to take on the biggest creative project I had ever encountered with so little time?

Luckily, Mira’s illustration course timed perfectly with my schedule for illustrating Little Bat, and I signed up right away. I learned so many valuable insights to help me on my journey. And my skills with digital illustration and Photoshop from years of working in graphic design were my biggest asset. Sure, I didn’t have all the time in the world to perfect the craft of illustrating an entire picture book, but I already had all the tools I would need to accomplish what I set out to do. WAKE UP, LITTLE BAT! Took almost an entire year of my spare time, working late hours after my day job, on weekends, and sometimes even on the train ride to work. But receiving the first copy of my book in the mail has been the biggest reward from all the hard work so far. It’s so incredibly exciting to have gotten this far on this journey, and I can’t wait to share Little Bat with young readers and continue writing and sharing more of my stories.

SARAH’S BIO:

Sarah Momo Romero is a Japanese Peruvian American artist, a graphic designer by day and children’s book author and illustrator by night. She’s loved drawing and painting ever since she was a chiquita and now crafts stories of adventure and wondrous creatures. Sarah is an active SCBWI member who draws inspiration from her life in sunny Los Angeles with her husband/creative partner and dog/infamous escape artist, Peanut. 

www.sarahmomoromero.com

Instagram + Twitter: @sarahmomoromero

Facebook page: @sarahmomoromeroart

Thank you Sarah for sharing your book and journey with us. The text and illustrations look like so much fun. Good luck as your little bat flies out into the world.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Dear Kathy!

    Can I please have the link to Mira’s illustrating course, that is mentioned here. I love all your mails m the weekly Saturday Sunday illustrator surprise 😊👍🏻 n the book give away mails. I dream to write n illustrate children books very keenly I follow your emails. Thanks.

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  2. This looks adorable! Congrats

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    • Thank you for reading, Lydia!

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  3. Thanks for sharing the journey of Wake Up, Little Bat! I can’t wait to read and share it!

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    • Thanks, Claire! Little Bat was so fun to create!

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  4. Cute little story. Look forward to reading it. Congratulations!

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    • Thank you, Chelle!

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  5. I’m another one of those people who thinks that bats are very cool. Please enter my name in the draw, I’d love to win a copy of your book!
    I tweeted a link to this post: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/1047906674328055808, and pinned an image with a link on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.mx/pin/336573772147822673/
    Thanks again for the chance to win, have a great day!!

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    • Thanks Carl! Bats are really cool 🙂

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  6. Your book looks great! I shared it several times on Facebook, twitter and Linkedln and saved it in Pinterest.

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    • Thank you for sharing, Natalie!

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  7. Very cute book. Congratulations, Sarah. I admire all the time & effort you put into it .

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    • Thanks for your support, Tina!

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  8. Excellent idea. Good luck!

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    • Thanks Julie!

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  9. Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Kathy! It’s been really fun to share Little Bat’s journey and I hope readers will enjoy the book.

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  10. Oh man, I love that little lumberjack cap!

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