Tuesday, February 22, 2011

MY Picture Book...Yes, I said MINE!

I can now officially announce that I've signed a contract with 4RV Publishing for my picture book THE WORST CASE OF PASKETTI-ITIS.  Scheduled for publication sometime in late 2015, the story was written as a result of my three-year-old daughter's refusal to eat anything except pasta.  I took it a step (or two) further and gave my MC THE WORST CASE.

As a bit of background, the original text was written in 2006, revised as a result of two separate critique groups over three years.  In 2009, it was revised again as a result of an editor critique at the 2009 NESCBWI conference in Nashua, NH.  It's been a long road for this story.

From my query letter:
Pasta is the perfect food to Petunia! There are so many different varieties! Why should she eat anything else? Her mother, her teacher, and even the lunch-lady, warn her that she might turn into pasta if she doesn’t try something else. Could she really turn into pasta? Would it be farfalle? Or maybe fettuccini? Petunia finds out, to her dismay, that “you are what you eat.”

On a whim I sent it to 4RV during their submission window in October 2010--I knew of several people who had published with 4RV and I thought THE WORST CASE might be a good fit.  On a snow day in early February 2011, I got an email saying they were interested in it.  First I hyperventilated.  Then, I composed a calm and professional email about how excited I was about working with them.  I had a contract in my inbox later that afternoon.

Reading the contract took a few days.  I had a few people help me decipher some of the legal language.  I asked some questions of the editor.  I signed it, notarized it, and sent it back to Oklahoma.

Today, I received my executed contract.  My first contract that isn't work-for-hire.  My own work.  My own character.  My own idea.  I'm going to have an illustrator bring my character to life.

::SQUEE::  !!!!

My daughter is now 8 and eats slightly more than just pasta, but the story still resonates. She'll turn 13 just after the book is published--I hope she's won't be mortified!  On second thought, hopefully her culinary palate will be broader by then.  :)

For those of you wondering, I'm still working on my work-for-hire.  And I'm still querying my YA novel.  And, yes, I've got a few more picture book manuscripts up my sleeve.  You never know what's coming next!

13 comments:

Kelly said...

Congrats, Kris! That's so exciting! My son just eats pasta and cheese sandwiches. Hopefully though by the time the book comes out, he'll be eating new things!
Great idea for a book!

Laura Pauling said...

Congrats Kris!!! Yay! I'm drinking some virtual champagne with you!

Alicia Gregoire said...

Kris this is awesome! Congratulations!!!

Kris said...

Thanks Kelly--I know we're not the only ones to have such a limited palate. It's been a kind of joke in the family, but it does get old sometimes!

Laura--we'll have that glass in Fitchburg in May!

Alicia--Thanks! I'm very excited!

Marisa Hopkins said...

YAY!! congrats to you, Kris!!!

Kristin said...

Yay, Kris! Worth the wait, I'm sure!

Kris said...

Marisa and Kristin--Thanks! I'm looking forward to working with the editor and illustrator!

Anna Staniszewski said...

Kris, that's fantastic news! Congratulations!!! It's so fun to hear about the "story behind the story." I'll be patiently awaiting its arrival!

Kris said...

Thanks Anna--you're so sweet! I'm really looking forward to your book in the fall!

Trisha Leaver said...

That is the best news I have heard all day. Congrats!

Kris said...

Thanks Trisha--it's such a great writing community. I've gotten such nice comments this afternoon, I'm just glowing!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Congratulations! Sounds like a cute book :)

Nandini said...

Congratulations, Kris! That's SOOOO awesome!!! Celebrate!!!! :)