Saturday, April 1, 2017

PBParty 2017 Selections

Here we go. Sharon and I tried to give this much thought and pick a good variety of entries. We kept an eye out for diversity, but also for unique concepts or interesting methods. We found entries that made us laugh and those that made us cry.

A writer's life in video: Happy, sad, Happy, sad

Before the reveal, I just want to remind everyone that contests are for fun and meeting other writers, building contacts. In no way are they a reflection on a story. There are only 27 picks out of 250 entries. Maybe people have entered contests and gotten no love, only to get an agent from the query slush--like me. For one thing, we are limited to the number of picks we can showcase, while an agent is not. So keep querying, keep writing those adorable picture and chapter books.

It's very tough. I know the disappointment. Hugs. Use it to keep going.

Please if your title is on the list, watch my blog early on Wednesday and check your entry for typos or formatting problems. Let me know as soon as possible what needs fixed in this post or on twitter. 

So here are the picks, listed in the order in which they were received and color coded just for fun.

How a Boy and His Violin Fought the Nazis
Herbie: A Young Seagull Soars
She Looked Up
Super Old
Tulip's Garden
A Formula for a Friend
My Lost Friend
Nora Super Spy
Gracie Goes Glamping
The Sea
The Great Holiday Cookie Fight
Limerick Comics
Dynamic-Duo Superheroes to the Rescue
The Perfect Pitch
Guess Who? Amazing Animal Babies
Miriam and Zainab
Elizabeth Keckly, Sewing Her Way to Freed
Pink's Chair
Seven Golden Rings
Lamb Choppers
Underwear Strike
Roxy at the Wheel
Buffalo Wild
My Shape is Sam
Betty Builds It

Congrats to the finalists! Hugs to those who will be watching! See you next week for the agent round.


  1. What a fun list of titles! Congrats to all those who got in and good luck in the agent round!

  2. Congrats to those that made it!! Good luck!

  3. Congrats to the picks. Metaphors be with you❤

  4. So happy to be a part of this party. Love reading all the titles, looks like great reading!! Thanks for all your time and dedication Sharon and Michelle. You have created something very special here!

  5. Whatever the agent round brings, it's been a privilege participate in this event. Thanks to both Sharon and Michelle for the time and effort you've put into it. And best of luck to everyone who entered!

  6. Congratulations and good luck to everyone going on to the next round. And thank you Sharon and Michelle for doing all of this!

  7. Looks like a fine selection and on e of my CP peep sis in this group! Congrats and thanks of fall this hard work, Michelle and Sharon!

  8. Thanks for all your hard work, Michelle and Sharon. Well done and good luck to those on the list.

  9. Thanks so much for the opportunity, Michelle and Sharon. Congrats to all who entered, and best of luck to the finalists!

  10. Good luck to the finalists! I'm rooting for all of you.

  11. Delirious and happy. Such great thanks - and big 'wave' of gratitude for My Lost Friend

  12. So excited to be party of pbparty and connect with so many writers. Thank you Michelle and Sharon, what a wonderful opportunity :)