I have a little bit of news.....
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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