As anyone who's ever been involved with publishing knows all too well, one of the everlasting maxims of the industry is often "Hurry up and wait." So you hurry up and send out your submissions, then you wait, and then... sometimes, everything starts happening all at once. Nobody knows this feeling better than our own Maria Gianferrari, who signed on with the agency in August 2012, and who this week accepted not one but TWO separate publishing offers (for a total of 6 picture books sold this year!).
First up is the hilariously punny KATZ & HOUNDINI, in which a bitter longtime rivalry between Dogtown and Kitty City comes to a head when Officer Katz matches wits with professional escape artist Houndini—but who will prevail in the end? This hilarious, witty romp begs to be read aloud, and is sure to garner some vibrant, kid-friendly illustrations. KATZ & HOUNDINI was signed on by Alyson Heller at Aladdin Books for Young Readers, for publication in summer 2015!
Second, and on the other side of the spectrum, we have HIGHWAY HAWKS, a lyrical celebration of these majestic winged creatures, seen through the eyes of a child as the two go about their separate evening routines. This story is rich and evocative and beautifully written—a classic in the making! (Not only that, but shhhh! Word is that a stellar illustrator is in the process of being signed on for the project, so wait for more news on this soon.) HIGHWAY HAWKS was acquired by Emily Feinberg at Roaring Brook Press, who also signed another non-fiction picture book of Maria's this spring.
So how's that for a double-header? Huge congratulations to Maria on these great books-to-be!