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A call for submissions July 2016

A Call For Manuscript Submissions, Especially YA Novels

By Rana DiOrio, Founder and Chief Executive Pickle of Little Pickle Press

July 27, 2016

This past June our Acquisitions Committee generated our forward production calendar through 2019. We identified some gaps that we would like to fill, and it would delight us to do so with stories written and illustrated by Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators members. Setting that as our intention, and in anticipation of SCBWI’s Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA, here is what we are seeking currently . . .

The common denominators. All of the manuscripts we select involve conveying meaningful messages to children or youth. They catalyze conversations between parents and children, teachers and students, about the topics that matter most to the generation of children we are shaping today. The manuscripts are well written, thought-provoking, progressive, fresh, distinctive and, if a picture book, lend themselves well to not only illustration but also to extrapolation into other mediums, such as interactive eBooks, book apps, and animated shorts, as well as related products, such as toys, games, notecards, etc.

The heart of the matter. At present, we are most interested in receiving young adult submissions. What subject matters are most interesting to us at this point? They include (in no particular order and not exclusively):

• Kindness—the power of it
• Dare To Be Different
• Choices: It’s Not All Black And White; Most of Life is Gray (Moral Compass)
• Political Awakening: the choices made by people in power effect us all
• Racism—the deleterious effects of it
• Refugees
• Adoption
• Complex Family Structures
• Anti-Princess Themes
• Creativity—the importance of it, fostering it, etc.
• Leadership and/or Entrepreneurship
• Divergent (vs. Convergent) Thinking
Systems Thinking
• Responsibility/Accountability/Moving Beyond Gen M Thinking
• Taking Care of Yourself and Your Community/Planting the Seeds of Being a Locavore
•  Understanding Mental Health—Yours and Your Loved Ones
• Being The Change You Seek In The World

What we don’t want are books with hidden messages to grownups. We want books that convey true messages to children and youth. It is also worth mentioning that we do not shy away from controversial subjects, and we are open-minded about the genres and literary vehicles employed to convey the messages.

First things first. As you consider submitting your manuscript, please learn a little more about Little Pickle Press and our young adult imprint, Relish Media. We are about to re-brand our imprints—Little Pickle Stories for 0 to 10 year olds, Big Dill Stories for 11 to 14 year olds, and Relish Stories for 15+ year olds. Our submissions platform is powered by Authors.me and sets forth our submissions guidelines here. Consider liking Little Pickle Press and Relish Media on Facebook. Please also consider following @LPP_Media and @Relish_Media on Twitter.

Our selection process. Once we receive your submission, our First Reader designated for the target age range of your work reads it within four months and sends the Acquisitions Committee his or her preliminary thoughts. If the First Reader has a favorable opinion of the manuscript, then we have another member of the Acquisitions Committee read it. If the second member of the Acquisitions Committee likes it, then we have a Junior Reader (a reader in the intended age group) read it. If the Junior Reader likes the manuscript, then it gets presented during the next acquisition meeting. If at any point during our process, a team member thinks that the work does not fit for us, then we let you know. Our Acquisitions Committee will next meet to consider submissions on November 10, 2016.

Thanks for your interest. I kindly thank you for your interest in Little Pickle Press and Relish Media and for reading this post. If you choose to send us a submission, thank you also for considering us as your publisher. I know from experience all that you have gone through to get to this point, and I respect and honor you for it.

Elizabeth

#RoarLikeAGirl with: Elizabeth

Freedom is rarely, if ever, free. Even if you don’t have to earn it yourself, a great many of the opportunities that we hold dear have been secured for us by the actions of someone else. Case in point: Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Born in 1815, Elizabeth was a passionate and gifted speaker and writer, influencing and working with suffragists and abolitionists such as Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia Mott. Elizabeth helped organize the first women’s rights convention in 1848, and spent most of the rest of her life campaigning, speaking, and writing on behalf of the rights of women.

Elizabeth championed equal rights in all things, from riding a bicycle to casting a ballot. She was also a powerful force behind the abolition of slavery, the liberalization of divorce law (which until that point was strongly in favor of men), and the resistance to religious-based denial of rights.

Here at Little Pickle Press, we cherish our champions, including Willa Havisham, from our new middle grade book, “Roar Like A Girl.”

Elizabeth

In a stunning turn of events, Willa Havisham has to leave the comfort of her beloved Cape Cod and move to Troy, New York. She’s fourteen years old and everything seems new; her questions, her ‘community rent,’ even a new boy—but through it all, she’s Always Willa.

The much-loved adolescent introduced in Coleen Murtagh Paratore’s “The Wedding Planner’s Daughter” series returns in this girl-empowering novel that takes readers on a journey from the comfort of Cape Cod to the newness of New York.

Staying Safe While Playing Pokémon GO

 

Pokémon Go logo

It’s the newest craze! But with everyone staring at their phones (rather than where they’re walking) there are some safety things to keep in mind.

Our friends at Kidpower have put together a bunch of important safety tips for caring adults to consider when young people (and we adults as well) play Pokémon GO.

From Recognizing the Possible Safety Problems (Including Crossing Physical Boundaries and Looking Like Trouble) to Cyber Safety and Awareness concerns, the idea of having a Pokémon GO Safety Plan is a smart one.

We highly recommend you check out the article here. Those skills and many more are covered in these three books by Irene van der Zande, the Founder of Kidpower:

cover of "Kidpower Safety Comics: People Safety Skills for Children Ages 3-10

Kidpower® Safety Comics: People Safety Skills for Children Ages 3 to 10
Written by Irene van der Zande and illustrated by Amanda Golert

Even young people have big powers. Mouth Closed Power. Stop Power. Walk Away Power. Kids—and their adults—learn how to be safe. Based on the Kidpower Safety Program that’s helped over 4 million youth and families.

cover of Kidpower Youth Safety Comics

Kidpower® Youth Safety Comics: People Safety Skills for Kids Ages 9 to 14
Written by Irene van der Zande and illustrated by Amanda Golert

How older kids can stay safe while becoming more independent. With practical tools to stay safe from bullying, abuse, and violence. Based on the Kidpower Safety Program that’s helped over 4 million youth and families.

cover of Fullpower Safety Comics

Fullpower® Safety Comics: People Safety Skills for Teens and Adults
Written by Irene van der Zande and illustrated by Amanda Golert

The tools for teens & adults to take charge of their emotional and physical safety and develop positive relationships that enrich their lives. Based on the Kidpower/Fullpower Safety Program that’s helped over 4 million youth and adults.

 

Margaret

#RoarLikeAGirl with: Margaret

You’ve no doubt seen, heard, or perhaps even used one of her quotes at some point in your life, but do you know who Margaret Mead was?

Born in 1901, Margaret earned a Ph.D. in 1929, not long after her elevation to assistant curator of ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History. Her multiple trips to the South Pacific resulted in best-selling books and a profound shift in the overall approach to the study of human cultures.

Margaret demonstrated the differences in gender roles, and how those differences varied between societies. She argued that it was conditioning by those societies, rather than inherent characteristics, that determined gender roles and personalities.

Her open-minded approach not only yielded startling results, it also made anthropology itself a much more accessible topic and field of study for the general public. Here at Little Pickle Press, we believe in open-mindedness, accessibility, and learning, much like Willa Havisham, from our new middle grade book, “Roar Like A Girl.”

Margaret

In a stunning turn of events, Willa Havisham has to leave the comfort of her beloved Cape Cod and move to Troy, New York. She’s fourteen years old and everything seems new; her questions, her ‘community rent,’ even a new boy—but through it all, she’s Always Willa.

The much-loved adolescent introduced in Coleen Murtagh Paratore’s “The Wedding Planner’s Daughter” series returns in this girl-empowering novel that takes readers on a journey from the comfort of Cape Cod to the newness of New York.

Susan

#RoarLikeAGirl with: Susan

“Susan B Anthony? Oh, yeah. Wasn’t she on a quarter or something?” Her name rings a bell, but time will never take its toll on her legacy.

Born in 1820, the Quaker-raised Susan spent many years as a teacher before the siren call of activism convinced her to redirect her energies. She had a fine example in her close family, who hosted Frederick Douglass and other stalwart abolitionists in their home. After meeting Elizabeth Cady Stanton at an anti-slavery conference, Susan devoted nearly all of her time to causes near and dear to her heart.

Though belittled as a “mere woman,” Susan championed anti-slavery efforts, women’s rights, and the temperance movement. She was once arrested and fined for casting a vote in the 1872 presidential election, but refused to let the incident be more than a stumbling block.

Though she died before her dreams could be realized, Susan never gave up fighting for her own beliefs and for the rights of others. Here at Little Pickle Press, those same values are shared by Willa Havisham, from our new middle grade book, “Roar Like A Girl.”

Susan

In a stunning turn of events, Willa Havisham has to leave the comfort of her beloved Cape Cod and move to Troy, New York. She’s fourteen years old and everything seems new; her questions, her ‘community rent,’ even a new boy—but through it all, she’s Always Willa.

The much-loved adolescent introduced in Coleen Murtagh Paratore’s “The Wedding Planner’s Daughter” series returns in this girl-empowering novel that takes readers on a journey from the comfort of Cape Cod to the newness of New York.

Anna

#RoarLikeAGirl with: Anna Quindlen

Copy girl, reporter, editor, author; Anna Quindlen has seen more sides of the print game than your average wordsmith. She also holds the distinction of being one of the first women to write a regular column for the Op-Ed page of The New York Times.

Born in 1952 in Philadelphia, Anna took a job as copy girl for the Times right out of high school. After her college graduation, she was hired away by The New York Post, working as a reporter for several years before returning to the Times.

She soon rose through the ranks, reaching deputy metropolitan editor in 1983, and writing columns until 1994. The following year, Anna left the newspaper game, choosing to focus on her desire to become a novelist. This dream quickly became a reality; she has since published several best-selling books. Her body of work includes fiction, self-help, and children’s books; three of her novels have been made into films.

Here at Little Pickle Press, we’re big advocates of following dreams, just like Willa Havisham, from our new middle grade book, “Roar Like A Girl.”

Anna

In a stunning turn of events, Willa Havisham has to leave the comfort of her beloved Cape Cod and move to Troy, New York. She’s fourteen years old and everything seems new; her questions, her ‘community rent,’ even a new boy—but through it all, she’s Always Willa.

The much-loved adolescent introduced in Coleen Murtagh Paratore’s “The Wedding Planner’s Daughter” series returns in this girl-empowering novel that takes readers on a journey from the comfort of Cape Cod to the newness of New York.

Outsmart The Summer Slide With Little Pickle!

Road sign that reads: Slide Area

In some countries, kids have school all year round. Here in the United States, the big summer vacations built into the school year that started for agricultural reasons are still around, and that time off has a documented side-effect: Many kids slide backwards in abilities during the summer months, and start the school year behind where they left off.

Many of us at Little Pickle Press are parents ourselves, and we’re all about figuring out ways to keep our kids – and yours – from experiencing the summer slide. Our word-guru Audrey shares,

“Around our house, the summer slide is a descent into discontent. Junior, now eight years old, was diagnosed with Autism at the age of four. He craves the structure and boundaries of a standard school day; at least once each week now, he stomps around grumbling, “I cannot have school until August!”

To provide that structure (and to help Junior retain what he’s already learned), a therapist comes to the house several times each week. Using the tools of Applied Behavior Analysis, they work on geography, English, Algebra, and piano theory, among other things.”

Like Audrey’s child, every young person can benefit from exploring what they’re passionate about, and fully engaging their minds and bodies. In particular, books and apps that encourage creativity and a growth mindset (where achievement and acknowledgement are effort-based) are great ways to help outsmart the summer slide.

For the month of July, we’re offering a special deal (both books for $25) on a bundle of our two award-winning Brain Books, Dr. JoAnn Deak’s picture book, Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, and Dr. Deak’s chapter book, The Owner’s Manual For Driving Your Adolescent Brain.

brainbundle

We’ve also dropped the price on our Brainiest app for Your Fantastic Elastic Brain (with hundreds of fun “brain workout” exercises!) and on our most creative writer’s journal app, Fireflies (with freehand drawing, bottomless pages, prompts, and plenty of helpful tips!)

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain App logo

Chasing Fireflies App logo

 

We hope these books and apps can help you turn the summer slide into a stairway to success!