Yikes! Another year past and a new one begun. Time flies when you're a Children's Book author/illustrator! It takes far longer than you would imagine to get a picture book published. Just writing a short manuscript can take months if you want to get it just right. Then you have to pitch it to publishers, usually a lot of publishers. Then they take months to get back to you (if they ever do). Even if you have a relationship with them, it's very hard to find one to take a chance on a new story (at least for me). Then comes the illustration, and editing, and rewrites, and corrections to the illustrations. Now it's time for the marketing team to prepare, and the printers, binders, distribution, etc... A couple years have now gone by. If you were very lucky, you got some sort of advance when the publisher took on your story, because once the book finally hits the stores it will most likely be 2-3 or more years (if ever) before you see any royalties.
No wonder time goes by so quickly!