We are at it again! This time we're celebrating because it is #NationalLibraryWeek (April 7-13), and we love librarians! We want to honor all of you sharers of knowledge and heroes of books. So, if you are a librarian, this giveaway is for you. It's time to get out those kazoos, throw on your party costumes, and get ready for a GIVEAWAY! We are extending our giveaway, so you have more than 19 hours to enter! The giveaway will end on April 12 at 1 a.m.!
What’s up for grabs? Lots and lots of the latest and greatest in picture books by some of our wonderful and oh-so-creative members. Some of these books aren’t even on the shelves yet, but will be soon! There are FOUR #NewIn19 Book Bundles to win. So, check out each Rafflecopter below and enter. You must be a librarian to win. We will announce the winners here on April 13 and contact them via Twitter.
Bundle #1: FIVE Fun with Feeling #NewIn19 Picture Books
COWHIDE-AND-SEEK by Sheri Dillard, illustrated by Jess Pauwels
THIS BOOK IS SPINELESS by Lindsay Leslie, illustrated by Alice Brereton
TINY T. REX AND THE IMPOSSIBLE HUG by Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Jay Fleck
LOLA SHAPES THE SKY by Wendy Greenley, illustrated by Paolo Domeniconi
CHIP AND CURLY by Cathy Breisacher, illustrated by Joshua Heinsz
Bundle #2: FOUR Non-fiction #NewIn19 Picture Books
DANCING THROUGH FIELDS OF COLOR by Elizabeth Brown, illustrated by Aimee Sicuro
16 WORDS: WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS & "THE RED WHEELBARROW" by Lisa Rogers, illustrated by Chuck Groenink
SWEET DREAMS, SARAH by Vivian Kirkfield, illustrated by Chris Ewald
BIRTH OF THE COOL: HOW JAZZ GREAT MILES DAVIS FOUND HIS SOUND by Kathleen Cornell Berman, illustrated by Keith Henry Brown
Bundle #3: SIX Full of Wonder and Empowering #NewIn19 Picture Books
HANDS UP! by Breanna J. McDaniel, illustrated by Shane W. Evans
I WILL BE FIERCE! by Bea Birdsong, illustrated by Nidhi Chanani
SMALL WORLD by Ishta Mercurio, illustrated by Jen Corace
HONEYSMOKE by Monique Fields, illustrated by Yesenia Moises
MY SHAPE IS SAM by Amanda Jackson, illustrated by Lydia Nichols
LENA'S SLIPPERS by Ioana Hobai
Bundle #4: FIVE Out-of-This-World Hilarious #NewIn19 Picture Books
NOAH NOASAURUS by Elaine Kiely Kearns, illustrated by Colin Jack
LLAMA DESTROYS THE WORLD by Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Heather Fox
LET'S HAVE A DOG PARTY by Mikela Prevost
NOVA THE STAR EATER by Lindsay Leslie, illustrated by John Taesoo Kim
KOALA IS NOT A BEAR by Kristin Gray, illustrated by Rachel McAlister
Terms & Conditions
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By Bea Birdsong
I love stories about the different paths authors take to publication. The variety is encouraging. Each story is unique, which means there is no one way to sign with an agent or sign your first book deal.
In February of 2017, I had been working as a freelance writer and editor for the education market for about seven years. This job taught me how to revise based on feedback, how to edit others’ work without stripping it of their voice, how to meet extremely short deadlines, and how to fit the maximum content into a minimum of space. For many projects, I am allotted a certain CWS count. This stands for Characters with Spaces, meaning each letter, punctuation mark, and space is counted. After a few of those projects, the idea of being able to use up to 500 words to tell a story seemed like an abundance of riches.
Getting back to February of 2017, I was also working on a middle-grade novel, and I was a member of an in-person critique group. For the past year or so before that, picture books had been popping into my head and sometimes I’d send one in for critique instead of a chapter in my middle-grade book. One week I sent in the manuscript for what would become my first book, I Will Be Fierce. Two of my critique partners contacted me early in the week to say, “I can’t even wait until we meet to say that you have to send this book out to agents.” One of them threatened to come to my house with an electrified cattle prod if I didn’t send it out. We are a hardcore group.
So, I went on Twitter, because that is what all productive writers do with their time, and I looked up the hashtag MSWL, which stands for Manuscript Wish List. Agents and editors use this hashtag to tweet what they are looking for in their submissions. That particular week, it seemed like every other agent tweeted that they wanted something fitting the description, “Nevertheless, she persisted.” So, I sent a query letter to four of them, including the one I ended up signing with, Melissa Edwards of Stonesong Literary Agency. This was her tweet:
She also posted this:
Put together, those tweets describe I Will Be Fierce. The “Don’t care what form it takes” part was key to me choosing to query Melissa because I was her first picture-book client. I took a chance querying her and she took a chance signing me, but it paid off. Melissa was the perfect advocate for my book. We ended up having interest from multiple editors.
Melissa set a date for an auction, but before we got there we accepted a preempt deal with Connie Hsu at Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan). Connie, like Melissa, was passionate about my story. She had a vision for it that included asking Nidhi Chanani, creator of the graphic novel Pashmina, to illustrate it. Nidhi was the perfect choice. Our book will be in the hands of readers on April 23, 2019.
I could not have written a better story for my path to publication. Thanks for reading about it. I hope to read about your path to publication soon!
Bea Birdsong is a former teacher whose time in the classroom left a lasting impression of the awesome power of books to educate, entertain, and empower. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Sisters in Crime. Bea lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, and spoiled rescue dog. She spends her free time reading, traveling, and searching for hidden doors to other worlds.
Bea is the author of I Will Be Fierce! (Roaring Brook Press) and the upcoming Sam’s First Word (Little, Brown Young Readers). Visit Bea at www.beabirdsong.com and @BeaBirdsong on Twitter.