Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Me, in PW? aka I HAVE NEWS!!! YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!

Publisher's Weekly -- it's the place to go to read about book deals. It can be so fun to read, and to see the people I know from around the web getting book deals. For me, it's inspiring to read about what children's books will be coming out in the future. The Publisher's Weekly Rights Report helps me see what types of books are selling and who the agents and publishers involved are. Reading the weekly report is another good way to get to know the publishing world. Of course, when you really want a book deal it can perhaps be not as fun to read becuase you wonder if you are ever going to see yourself listed there, but it helps to remember that if you are a writer you have to be in it for the long haul.

For me, it has finally happened. My book deal is listed in the Publisher's Weekly Rights Report! It is amazing to see myself there. I have wanted to have a book announcement for so long in general. Of course, I have known about my book deal but seeing it there announced to the kidlit book world makes it feel all new and exciting again. If you don't want to follow the link I will show you here:

I am super excited about this book. It's punny. It involves cookies, and ninjas. Stuff I love! My agent really helped encourage me to write even better than I thought I could. Zaneta Jung and the team at Sterling Publishing are so enthusiastic and supportive. The cut paper illustration style that Bomboland does are fresh and fun. I cannot wait to see how it all turns out!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Monster List of Picture Book Agents -- Lori Nowicki, Painted Words

Painted Words is an agency founded by Lori Nowicki in 2006. They represents many award winning books and many author/illustrators. They represent a few authors who do not illustrate as well.

You can find Lori Nowicki at Publisher's Marketplace. While it looks like she tends to focus on author/illustrators she does say, "We are currently looking for submissions from authors in the areas of picture books, beginning readers, and chapter books (ages 4-8), as well as Middle-Grade fiction (ages 9-12)."

You can find Painted Words on Facebook, on Twitter @painted_words, and on tumblr, which looks to be filled with the most content. Lori Nowicki does have a profile on Linkedin. Painted Words has a Linkedin page as well.

There is not much information about Lori Nowicki online. I have queried Lori and got a nice, personal reply from her assistant. Looking at Lori's list of clients and award winning books to me, made her an agent to definitely consider. Lori was listed as one of the top 20 picture book agents according to sales in 2013,

Be sure to peruse the entire Painted Words website to get a feel for the type of stories they represent. If you would like to submit your work to Painted Words please see their submission guidelines.

Painted Words represents Connie Schofield-Morrison & Marilyn Sadler.

This post is part of the Monster List of Picture Book Agents. If you have an additions or changes you think should be made to this listing please contact me or leave them in the comments. Thanks!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My First Ever Newsletter is Out!

Today I published my very first Writers of Childish Things Newsletter. I was sort of nervous. I see sending something directly to people's inboxes as a big responsibility and I am very humbled by those who have chosen to subscribe.

I'm starting my newsletter in a very busy month! In this first newsletter I share about the opportunities we have coming up this month for Sub It Club's 3 Year Celebrations. There are going to be some great giveaways for picture book writers! There's also a long list of upcoming pitch opportunities that are open to picture books.

Of course, I talk about the new Monster List and my new Picture Book Query Letter Workshop. In my newsletter you'll find a special Workshop discount for subscribers. So, if you've interested I'd love for you to subscribe!

You can read the newsletter here: You'll find a subscribe button in the top, left hand corner.