Cortez the gnome is four inches tall and lives in a juniper tree in the west. He loves his life in the wilderness, but it has been a long time since he last saw another gnome. Could he be the only one?
Cortez is the subject of Cortez the Gnome, a new picture book by James Orndorf (inlandwest) and Amadee Ricketts (me!). The book is 800 words long and illustrated with photos by both of us. I’m ridiculously proud of it. But technically a book isn’t a book until it’s published, and this one isn’t yet.
We don’t need money to finish the project. It’s finished. And we don’t need people to buy books. They don’t exist yet. We just need the right person to see Cortez, and give him a chance with a mainstream publisher. And since the world is very small in some ways, though less so if you’re a gnome, I’m asking for your help getting him out there.
If you like Cortez, pass him along. If you’d like to see more about him, visit cortezthegnome.com or check out his recipes on They Draw and Cook. And thank you!