Sometimes things in this business are really hard. They're full of obstacles and complications, difficult decisions and frustrating turns.
Sometimes, they're so simple and easy that every step is a pleasure.
The latter was the case with Calista Brill and TUGBOAT BILL (which happens to rhyme).
Calista, who is a senior editor at First Second, the graphic novel imprint at Macmillan, reached out to me in the spring, seeking an agent. It just so happened that she did so during a week when I was visiting New York for meetings. It just so happened that I would be in the Flatiron, where her office is, the next day, and it just so happened that I had an unexpected opening in my schedule, and she was free during that time.
So we got together, and we hit it off, and before I headed home to Arizona, we'd shaken hands via email and decided to be a team.
Calista had an adorable picture book about a tugboat named Bill and his best friend Mabel (a barge), who ply the waters of the Hudson, and what happens when a kitten falls into those freezing waters. She had shared it with a former colleague, Nancy Inteli, at Harper; they had worked together previously at Disney. It just so happened that I had lunch scheduled with Nancy that very week that I was in New York, on my last day, and Nancy expressed her enthusiasm for the picture book.
Needless to say, the deal wrapped up quickly after that. But we waited to share the news until there was an illustrator on board, too, and so I am very pleased to share the word that the superfantabulous Tad Carpenter, whose most recent books are ZOOM! ZOOM! and NINJA, NINJA, NEVER STOP!, is officially official as the illustrator of TUGBOAT BILL, which is scheduled to release in summer 2016--the same time as the first of six books in Calista's recently announced LITTLE WING series, also at Harper, releases. She's about to get a whole lot busier! Congratulations, Calista!
Few communities are as passionate and generous as those in the children's book industry. That's why today we're celebrating the accomplishments of our wonderful clients and the organizations that work hard to get books out there connecting with readers! Here are a few new recognitions received by EMLA clients this year:
THE DAY-GLO BROTHERS
For Kelly Bennett:
For Phil Bildner:
THE SOCCER FENCE
For Penny Blubaugh:
For J. Anderson Coats:
THE WICKED AND THE JUST
For Melanie Crowder:
For Lynda Mullaly Hunt:
For Robin LaFevers:
For Natalie Lorenzi
FLYING THE DRAGON
For Susan Meyer:
For Pat Zietlow Miller:
Ezra Jack Keats New Author Honor Book
2014 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
2014-2015 William Allen White Award Master List
THE RUNAWAY KING
For A. J. Paquette:
For Mary Lyn Ray:
2014 Summer Kids' Indie Next List
TIME OUT FOR MONSTERS
For Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango:
For Joanne Rocklin:
ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING MORNING ON ORANGE STREET
For Liz Garton Scanlon:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BUNNY
New York Times Bestseller List for May 2014
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