Monday, March 23, 2015


Genre: Fiction, Humorous
Word Count: 350


Dear Agent,

I am seeking representation for my picture book manuscript, MILTON'S NAUGHTY PARENTS, and would very much like to work with you.

Written for ages 4-8, MILTON'S NAUGHTY PARENTS is 350 words in length. In a zany role reversal, little Milton must play the adult to his comically juvenile parents, who try his patience with their annoying antics. Milton's attempts at disciplining his mother and father are futile. Only after a stray dog appears does Milton find a way to transform his parents into responsible caregivers.

In addition to MILTON, I have several other picture book manuscripts that are ready for submission, including FERGUS FALLS UP, SNERKLE'S SLEEP EMPORIUM, and THE GREAT GOGGLEMOG.

My debut picture book, Otto Grows Down, was published in 2009 by Sterling with illustrations by Scott Magoon. My YA novel, Crashing Eden, was released in 2012 by Solstice Publishing. A TV pilot based on the novel just made the semi-finals of the Pilot Launch TV Script Contest.

I'm a clinical psychologist and have also published in the field of mental health. A Curious Calling: Unconscious Motivations for Practicing Psychotherapy was a main selection for America’s largest psychotherapy-related book club, and was released in 2007 as a paperback. I also edited A Perilous Calling: The Hazards of Psychotherapy Practice, published by Wiley.

I have pasted the first fifty words of MILTON'S NAUGHTY PARENTS below, and would be happy to send you the full manuscript. Most grateful for your time, I look forward to hearing from you.

First 50 Words:

            They woke him at dawn.
[Art note: Parents jumping on Milton’s bed.]
            Milton’s dad nearly broke a window sliding down the banister.
            And his mom made him cook blueberry pancakes.
            ...which his parents ate with their hands.
            It took nearly an hour to get them both dressed.
            Milton packed his parents' lunches.


  1. Hi there!

    I'd love to take a look at this. Please send your query pasted in the email and the manuscript attached as a word document to: rena (at) thedeborahharrisagency (dot) com


    - Rena Rossner

  2. What a great idea! Now I want to eat pancakes with my hands.

    Please send query and full manuscript (in body of email--though if you're worried about indentation, a Word file is fine) :) to Submissions at SarahJaneFreymann dot com. Please put #PBParty in the subject line. Thank you! Can't wait to read!

    All best wishes,
    Jessica Sinsheimer

  3. 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.