Monday, March 23, 2015


Genre: Nonfiction Picture Book
Word Count: 520


Dear Agent:

Millions of U.S. students recite it every morning. It took two hours to write. One man wrote it but didn’t get credit until decades later…

HIS PLEDGE is my proposed nonfiction picture book that tells the little-known story behind the origin of America's Pledge of Allegiance and the man who wrote it. Now is the perfect time for this story to hit the marketplace, as 2017 marks the 125th Anniversary of the Pledge of Allegiance.

I’ve been a freelance copywriter since 1997 and a writer in the children’s market since 2009. An SCBWI member, I’ve had articles published in AppleSeeds, FACES, Hopscotch and Highlights. I was also a 2014 Rate Your Story Writing Contest finalist in the picture book category. Please note that I have several other works for your consideration.

Thanks for your time—I hope you’d like to see the full manuscript.

First 50 Words:

It was eight weeks before the first National Public School Celebration, and Francis Bellamy had every detail on schedule.

Except for one. The most important one…

A Salute to America’s Flag.

Francis knew it had to be something huge.
Something memorable.
Something that would outlast us all.

But he had one night to write it.    


  1. I love nonfiction picture books, especially ones that teach readers of all ages. :) Please submit the query and full manuscript as inline text to me at query at corvisieroagency dot com

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Ella Kennen

  2. I'd be happy to take a look! Please send a query letter and manuscript to: chquery[at]mcintoshandotis[dot]com. Please put #PB Party request in the subject line.

    1. Thanks so much! I will be putting my girls to bed in a couple hours, then will send this your way.

  3. I love books based in history. Please send a query letter and manuscript copied into the body of the email to my email address. Subject line should indicate #PBParty. Check out for contact and other submission details. Thanks for participating in #PBParty! - Clelia

    1. Thank you, thank you! As I mentioned above, I will send it your way in a couple hours after my girls are in bed.