"Humor and wit make the narrative sparkle, and, happily, Myrtle is as irrepressible as ever.”
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.