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How to Get a Picture Book Deal…

February 1, 2019– Things come in waves around here and I think that it’s kind of funny; sometimes all I’ll receive is middle-grade manuscripts, then the next time I’ll receive sci-fi submissions, and lately everyone seems to be sending me their ideas for children’s books. Since I’ve had such an influx of kid’s book submissions, let’s talk about how to better your chances of getting a picture book deal with my house.

There have been a ton of incorrectly submitted kid’s book queries and manuscripts in their entirety sent to me as of late (we’ll talk about queries in another post) so I thought that I’d be very specific on what to submit.

  1. Time– Know that if you do get a deal signed with me, your book (any book) will take 2-5 years to hit the shelf. If this is too much time for you to wait then you have bigger problems and this industry will eat you alive. Patience is of the essence and great things take time. We are not in the business of rushing a book, throwing it on the shelf, and hoping for the best. Every single thing is calculated beforehand in terms of a marketing plan, securing the best illustrator for the project, editing the manuscript, obtaining dates for book signings, and cover design. If you’re not in this for the long haul and don’t have a ton of patience, you’re going to be in trouble.
  2. Word Count– Is your picture book between 250-800 words? My personal preference for this type of book is 600-800 words. I prefer this length because it gives us time to get the story across and create a compelling character without leaving any loose ends.
  3. Character– Is your story character driven? Is your character relatable? Does the character participate in a universal childhood experience? If your story is none of these or only one of these, it’s back to the drawing board for you. Don’t bother submitting because you aren’t ready and you don’t understand your market.
  4. POV- Which point of view is your story told from? There’s only one that matters and it’s the child’s point of view. Don’t make mom or dad the main character. Kids see the world from their perspective and not ours. This means that if they’re in a grocery store for example, they probably won’t be able to reach a box of cereal from the top shelf. Or maybe it’s a mass of people in the store and the child comes to eye level with everyone’s butts. You get the point (of view).
  5. Fresh-Is your story something new, fresh, and from a different angle? Let’s use the universal childhood experience again; picky eater books all read the same except for the very good ones. Dragons Love Tacos is a perfect example of a good one because it deals with foods that kids hate, but it puts a fresh and fun spin on it. Sure, making tacos for dragons may not be a universal childhood experience, but not liking certain foods is! Another awesome example of a fresh, different angle kid’s book is The Day the Crayons Quit. Talk about genius!
  6. Kids-And perhaps the most important question of all is, will your book appeal to kids? They are the target audience and if they don’t like it, you can believe that their parents won’t buy it for them. If you’re not writing with kids in mind, then you shouldn’t be writing for kids in the first place.

There you have it! Before sending in your work, know the rules above and I promise that you’ll better your chances of working with us. X LLB

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Current Titles for Kids!

March 10, 2018- Here is a list of the current and upcoming titles from Pandamonium Publishing House for kids! Stay tuned for another page that will be directed towards adult reads.

Unfrogged, by Tamara Botting, illustrated by Christopher BottingHer parents are gone, she’s a klutz, and her cousin hates her. Plus there’s a weird frog! This is the story of Princess Meredith and her unforgettable adventure of courage, friendship and tea with three shakes of pepper and a pinch of hot sauce. This is definitely not a typical fairy tale!

 

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Unfrogged

 

Deer Diary, by Lacey L. Bakker, illustrated by Shamayal HayatHave you ever wondered what woodland animals do when there are no humans around? Follow Duncan, the deer as he writes in his diary about the crazy antics of all of his friends! Remember what happens in the woods, stays in the woods! 

 

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Deer Diary

 

Phillip Star, by Lacey L. Bakker, illustrated by Shamayal HayatWho better for a best friend than a giant purple elephant? You’ll have tons of fun with Phillip Star as you follow him on an adventure that you’ll never forget! 

 

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Phillip Star

 

Pants! (Coming 2018) by Tamara Botting, illustrated by Erin CutlerWhat kind of pants will you put on today? 

 

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Pants! 

 

The Old Farmer’s Treasure, Coming March 17, 2018, by Lacey L. Bakker, cover design by Shamayal HayatWhat would happen if you discovered that your family was hiding a secret? What if you found a clue that would change your life forever? What if riches beyond your wildest dreams were hidden right under your nose? 

 

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The Old Farmer’s Treasure

Panda the Very Bad Cat, by Lacey L. Bakker, illustrated by Jason BaghirThis hilarious children’s book is based on the antics of a real-life cat named Panda. Join Panda the Very Bad Cat as he gets into all kinds of mischief and causes chaos for his human. Panda the Very Bad Cat is fun, funny, and beautifully illustrated. Anyone who has ever been owned by a cat will want to own this book!

 

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Panda the Very Bad Cat

Trouble with Trolls, The adventures of Milan and Friends (A Halloween Tail!) Coming Fall 2018, by Lacey L. Bakker, illustrated by Alex Goubar- Milan the golden retriever and his friends are all dressed up for a night of Halloween fun, but a mean troll won’t let them cross the bridge that leads to the best candy!

 

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Trouble with Trolls

 

 

 

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Are You Ready? Meet Our Newest Character!

November 16, 2017- I’m really excited to share this with you guys! Here is a special, never seen before, sneak peek of an up and coming character, illustrated by our very own, Shamayal Hayat. This children’s book will be launching in March 2018 so stay tuned for details! Until then, I’m not giving anything away…nope, not even the title!

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See You at Supercrawl Hamilton! Is There a Pre-Release of Deer Diary?…Wait and See!

August 11, 2017-We are so excited! Know why? Because we’re going to SUPERCRAWL! That’s right, the whole weekend of September 8th to 10th we will be on James St. North with our books. Tamara Botting, author of Unfrogged, will be there and so will I. There’s a rumour going around that Deer Diary may be released in time for this event. I have no comment;)  We have a ton of surprises in store and a few more up our sleeves during the event. We hope that you’ll join us and that you’ll stop by our Pandamonium Publishing House booth and say hello! Looking forward to it Hamilton! See you in a few weeks:)

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XO LLB