Thursday, 20 August 2015

Kid Lit Blog Hop #64 I have a little bit of news!!!!!!

Kid Lit Blog Hop
Welcome to the 64th Kid Lit Blog Hop where we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children's books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors! *** Please note that we will only be hosting 1 Kid Lit Blog Hop during the months of July and August. These will take place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (July 15 and August 19). We will be returning to our normal schedule (the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month) beginning in September. The next Kid Lit Blog Hop will take place September 2.  


Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Julie Grasso, Author/ Blogger

Cheryl Carpinello, Author / Blogger

Stacking Books


Music Teaching and Parenting

Pragmatic Mom

Reading Authors

The Logonauts

A Book Long Enough

Spark and Pook


 I have a little bit of news.....

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About a month ago, I participated in a Twitter pitch party. It was called
The aim is you tweet the premise of your picture book in 140 characters. For this particular comp, it was small publishers and a couple of agents. There are quite a lot of these competitions, ‪#‎Pitmad‬ and ‪#‎Pbpitch‬ to name a few and not just for picture books, for every genre.

If you get a favourite from someone, you are invited to send along your query letter and for picture books, the whole manuscript and it will be priority read. These are mostly US agents and publishers. Etc. I have done quite a few of these over the past few years and gotten nowhere.
This time, I got a favourite within an hour and another one. 

I sent along my pages and she liked them very much and offered me representation.
Lengthy skype conversation about the agency and vision for my books, which was nothing short of Chicken Soup for my soul,
 Contract reviewed and signed etc,
and now I HAVE A US AGENT!

The next step is submission to publishers, which I won't pretty up. It will be fraught with rejection, but after self publishing 7 books, and experiencing reviews from every side of the coin, I have crocodile skin.

I know I have made this sound like an easy, quick process, but in reality, I have been on this journey 7 years, and have pursued my dream passionately. I hope, in some way, this little update, will encourage anyone on the journey too.

That it all I have for this hop folks, as I am still hanging off the chandelier.

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!


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Happy Hopping!