★ “Unity and division are themes rich for exploration in this story of alphabet letters separated by fear and complacency. It will grow upon children and adults with each reading.” —SLJ (starred review)
Every year, EMLA has a retreat with our clients. On Tuesday morning, we wrapped up our 7th annual. And every year since the 3rd annual, the attendees have read from their work--usually works in progress, or at least manuscripts not yet under contract. And every year, in the months following the retreat, there is extra cheering when a manuscript sells and retreat attendees remember when they heard the writer read from it.
We've got a record-setting time on just that! Mylisa Larsen read her picture book text INSTRUCTIONS FOR BEDTIME on Saturday morning, and Wednesday, during my trip home from Montana, I got an email from Jill Davis at Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, that the acquisitions committee loved INSTRUCTIONS FOR BEDTIME as much as she does, and an offer was forthcoming.
Lickety-split, the deal is wrapped, and we can tell you the great news less than a week after Mylisa read the manuscript at the retreat! Jill acquired world English rights, and this means Mylisa Larsen is now going to be a DEBUT author. The text advises children about the best ways to tuck in their parents at night.