PiBoIdMo + 12x12 = Sales

I have participated in Tara Lazar’s Picture Book Idea Month every November since 2011, and Julie Hedlund’s 12x12 writing challenge since its kickoff in 2012. Now, with PiBoIdMo 2015 quickly approaching, I’m thrilled to announce that this year I sold TWO manuscripts that began as PiBoIdMo ideas and were written as part of the 12x12 writing challenge.

In late November 2013, I was pondering picture book ideas and jotted down the title JACK B. NINJA, a twist on Jack Be Nimble. I left it at that. Nearly a year later in September 2014, I finally returned to that little nugget of an idea and used 12x12 as fuel to sketch out a first draft. Four months (and several revisions) later, JACK B. NINJA was acquired by Scholastic’s Cartwheel Books.

Meanwhile, the initial spark for WATER SONG hit during PiBoIdMo 2014. The idea was to explore the many forms of water through the sounds they make. I liked the concept so much that I jumped to write it in January as my first draft for 12x12 in 2015. Six months later, WATER SONG was picked up by Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

PiBoIdMo and 12x12 go so well together. It’s the perfect picture book writing one-two punch. In November, you brainstorm all those story ideas (good, bad, and ugly) right out of your head. Then, throughout the following year, you commit to writing at least one draft per month. These two programs are great ways to keep yourself motivated, bulk up your writing portfolio, and join a supportive online community of children's writers. And hey, you never know which of your bright ideas might one day end up on bookshelves.


Two Appearances in Sacramento: Sept 26-27

Hey NorCal folks. I'll be singing songs and reading TEENY TINY TRUCKS at the Scholarshare Children's Book Festival at Fairytale Town in Sacramento, CA on September 26-27, 2015. Truck on down with the little ones for an incredible weekend event that includes Laura Numeroff (IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE) and Michael Slack (illustrator of NUGGET & FANG).

Click here for complete details, directions, and showtimes.

Announcing WATER SONG

Working with my editor, Sylvie Frank, at Paula Wiseman Books (Simon & Schuster) on BITTY BOT has been an absolute dream come true. So, I was totally bowled over to learn recently that my picture book, WATER SONG, has also found a home at Paula Wiseman Books! This spare, lyrical rhyming text tells the life of a rainstorm from the very first drip to the final surprise. With illustrations by the incredible Richard Smythe, WATER SONG is going to be delightful and beautiful. Perfect for a rainy day read! Coming in 2017.

Announcing JACK B. NINJA

I am thrilled to announce that Cartwheel Books, an imprint of Scholastic, has acquired my rhyming picture book, JACK B. NINJA! I suppose this book can fall into the fractured fairytale category as it's based on the classic nursery rhyme, Jack Be Nimble. No word on an illustrator yet, and the publish date is probably 2017, but stay tuned. There's tons of ninja fighting fun to be had.


One Giant Leap for Bot-Kind

Holy cow! The news is out! I dropped an announcement a while back on Facebook and Twitter that I had signed my contracts with Simon & Schuster, but somehow seeing it listed on Publishers Weekly's Children's Bookshelf feels even more official.

It was a huge week for my circle of 12x12 friends as four of us had deal announcements listed--me, Tara Lazar, Miranda Paul, and Tammi Sauer. See the full rundown here.