Erica Sirotich is an illustrator residing in St. Petersburg, Florida. She likes animals, coffee, books, and adding to her collections of rocks, stamps, and Japanese kokeshi. Her dog Russell Redfur keeps her company while she draws all day.
Erica's authorial debut, the picture book Found Dogs, was published by Dial Books for Young Readers in July, 2017. She has also illustrated picture books for publishers like Little Simon, Running Press, and Albert Whitman & Co, and regularly illustrates for kids' publications like Highlights, Ranger Rick Jr, Boy's Life, and more.
I am working on a nonfiction picture book about animals and a board book about a duck. Can't say much more now; details to come!
For me, it's probably time. It can take a year to get a story from idea to manuscript, to revisions, to publisher submissions, to more revisions, to offer, and finally (hopefully!), to contract. This process feels painfully slow. But then illustrators (even when illustrating one's own book) are often given a short period of time to illustrate--sometimes just three months. My illustration process is pretty slow, so it can be a struggle to get everything done on time, and to as high a standard and you're (and your publisher's) expecting. When you're lucky enough to be juggling multiple projects, this can be even more challenging!
I read picture books I love, look at the work of illustrators I love, and spend time with animals.