I’ve been sitting on this 550-word manuscript for six years. Even though Agent Jill doesn’t sell children’s books, I showed it to her anyway.
Because she’s awesome, she sold it. It was announced on Publisher’s Marketplace this morning:
I love The Change Your Name Store for many reasons:
- it has Seussian rhyme
- Wilma, the main character, is sassy and adventurous
- her parents are self-absorbed in books and technology
- Wilma travels
- the story addresses the question: Who am I?
- it has subtle humor for both kids and adults
But the real reason I love this story right now is because of the illustrator. Sky Pony Press selected the amazing Tina Kügler (it took me 5 minutes to make the two dots on the “u”). Tina is an über-talented artist. This is her first picture book. She gets the bold, quirky vision my editor and I have for this book, and she’s making it heaps better. This is collaboration at its best: working with someone else to make the product beyond what you even envisioned it could be.
You can check out one of Tina’s early sketches of Wilma. Isn’t it awesome?
On Tuesday night, Vivian and I spent an hour looking at Tina’s drawings on her website. They are amazing.
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