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It's been a little over a year since I first began submitting Maggie and the First Grade Blues. Here is the update on my picture book submissions:
I submitted to Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Peachtree, Chronicle, Star Bright Books, and Harcourt Children’s Books. After the standard three month waiting period, I received no word and conclude that these publishers have passed on my book. Kira Lynn with Editorial Department of Kane Miller responded that my picture book was not right for their list. However, Maggie Lehrman with Abrams Books liked the voice, but felt that the market was crowded with school stories.
As for agents, I received no reply from Sanford J. Greenburger and Mark McVeigh. On the other hand, Marietta B. Zacker with the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency sent a kind, personal note: [This is] “ an endearing story with a fabulous message, but admittedly, I didn't quite connect with Maggie the way I know you need me to.” Emily van Beek with Folio also sent a kind, personal note.
Recently, I submitted to Paul Rodeen Management. I also submitted to Jessica Sinsheimer with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, who encouraged me that she’d take a look at my picture book. I’ve also submitted to Sterling Publishing Company and KRBY creations. These last four bring me to my goal—30 publishers and 15 agents. I will report on the outcome in a few months. In the meantime, I am writing a new picture book, editing another picture book, and researching topics for nonfiction articles. But I will keep my eyes open for other opportunities for submitting Maggie and the First Grades Blues.