Wednesday, September 23, 2015

PBParty 6: LADIES FIRST, Character-Driven PB

Genre: quirky, character driven PB
Word Count: 525


Dear Michelle and Sharon,

Thank you for organizing such a unique opportunity for picture book authors! I have your blog page bookmarked and read it often. 

Natalie Piggy is a feisty little piglet certain about one rule: ladies first! She barrels through her three brothers and grabs whatever she wants in order to be first. But when she drags them on an adventure, an unexpected turn of events lands her littlest brother in danger. When her brothers expect her to be first to save the day, Natalie is forced to consider how far she’ll go to live by her rule.

My writing appears in Appleseeds’ magazine, and I write a monthly newspaper column entitled READ THIS! I am an active member of SCBWI, a critique group, and the 12x12 picture book challenge. I am a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and a literacy teacher. 

I appreciate your time and consideration, and hope you will find this story to be of interest. I have other submission-ready manuscripts available upon request.

First 50 Words:

Natalie Piggy was quite a little lady, and she was sure about one rule.

“Ladies first!”

Natalie was first in a mud bath.

…first out the gate.

…and first off the bus.

The only time Natalie did NOT want to be first was when sharks were involved. Nooo, thank you!


  1. I'd love to see this! Please send query and full manuscript to Submissions at SarahJaneFreymann dot com with #PBParty in the subject line. Thank you!

    All best wishes,
    Jessica Sinsheimer

  2. Very cute! Feel free to send the query and manuscript to info ~Courtney

  3. This sounds adorable! I would love to see more. Please send the query and manuscript to Thank you!

  4. Congratulations! Ninja Editor Dragonfly has requested your picture book! Please email me at schriscoe at yahoo dot com for instructions.

  5. I'd love to see more of this fun character! Please send the query and manuscript to LBiagi (at) jvnla (dot) com with #PBParty in the subject line. Looking forward to reading! -Laura Biagi

  6. I'd be happy to take a look! Please send a query and the manuscript to chquery [at] mcintoshandotis [dot] com.