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Michelle Hauck and I are working on setting up the next PBPARTY for March 26, 2017. Invitations to agents are going out and agents are saying "YES!". Stay tuned to this thread as I will update how many agents we have confirmed soon.

So polish up those PB submissions!! We look forward to seeing all your greatness!!

Our contest has landed several authors agents, and recently one of those connections has landed a pick from a previous PBPARTY a book deal. It was super cool to see it all unfold!!

If anyone has questions, feel free to ask.

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#1 - February 28, 2017, 01:36 PM
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Sharon and Michelle do a FABULOUS job with this party!!!!! All PB writers who are ready should definitely consider entering this contest. I had a few R&R's out of the July one. Sadly, no contract was signed but my manuscript is even stronger, I'm certain of it!
#2 - February 28, 2017, 02:17 PM

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Fabulous news, Sharon!  :yay I'll be  :running waiting to toss a few PB's in the ring :)  :goldstar
#3 - February 28, 2017, 03:19 PM


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 :yay Sounds like a great opportunity
#5 - February 28, 2017, 09:01 PM
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Sounds cool. I haven't done it before. Where can I go for info about what it's all about?
#6 - February 28, 2017, 09:39 PM
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Aw! Thank you so much Debra!! I have full confidence that your book will be out on bookshelves. It's AWESOME!!


Michelle just posted details on her blog. Here's the link: http://www.michelle4laughs.com/2017/02/picture-book-party-in-march-2017.html

And here's a fun post about how PBPARTY helped Hannah Holt land a book deal for her AMAZING PB! http://www.michelle4laughs.com/2017/01/getting-call-with-hannah-holt-and-agent.html
#7 - February 28, 2017, 11:18 PM
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We currently have 6 agents! Lots more still on the list to hear back from.
#8 - March 01, 2017, 07:38 PM
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Can't wait. Hope you get a big crowd!
#9 - March 02, 2017, 03:02 PM

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I never seem to be able to get to these. I see the submission window opens at noon. Sundays are rough for me and I'll be at a writer's meeting at noon, so I'd like to know when it closes.
#10 - March 05, 2017, 09:32 PM

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Ah sorry Debbie on the timing. We try to arrange it where we can start reading right away.

As for how long thw window will be open, it's hard to say. One time the slots filled in a matter of minutes whereas another time we left the window open for 24 hours and closed with slots still remaining.

I have heard of some people using 'Letter me later" or something like that. Not sure how it works but maybe someone on here knows. Plus I'll check with Michelle to see if she knows since she runs contests year round.

#11 - March 06, 2017, 01:19 AM
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Do you have to have a twitter account for this contest?
#12 - March 06, 2017, 05:37 PM

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No, you don't have to have a twitter account to enter. Just mark the date, and keep an eye on this thread as I will be updating here when the agent post goes live on Michelle's blog, as well as a reminder of when the contest is near.
#13 - March 06, 2017, 06:58 PM
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We currently have TEN agents on board for PBPARTY!!  :running

And invites out to lots more, so hopefully that will climb even more.  :crossedfingers
#14 - March 08, 2017, 06:36 AM
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The PBPARTY agents list is up on Michelle's blog. Check it out here!!

http://www.michelle4laughs.com/2017/03/march-2017-picture-book-party-agents.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+Michelle4laughs-ItsInTheDetails+(Michelle4Laughs-+It's+In+The+Details)&m=1

We have 11 awesome agents in all!! There are still some invites out that we are waiting to hear back from so this list may grow.

Michelle and I are looking forward to the 26th!!





#15 - March 14, 2017, 02:12 AM
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Thanks for the reminder!
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Just a reminder that the submission window opens next Sunday, March 26th at 12:00 EST.

#17 - March 18, 2017, 05:01 AM
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We just added a Ninja Editor to the list!!

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#18 - March 20, 2017, 05:04 AM
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Roseanne Wells just joined PBPARTY!! Bringing the agent count to 13! Plus the one Ninja editor!!

It's going to be fun!!
#19 - March 20, 2017, 07:26 PM
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Michelle and I are thinking on twitter topics for the week of PBPARTY. Any suggestions? These can be a fun topic like:

If you could meet one PB character, who would it be?

Or serious like:

What's your best writing advice?

And if you're on twitter (I'm not but Michelle is and she tweets for us both during PBPARTY) follow along the #PBPARTY hashtag for some fun and also hints, tips, and thoughts as we make our way through the slush pile.

Michelle's handle is @Michelle4laughs

Hope to see lots of BBers join in on the fun Sunday!!! :love5
#20 - March 22, 2017, 07:07 PM
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Hi Sharon,

I'm really excited to participate in this- it's my first time seeing it. I saw on the rules that you need to be a follower of Michelle's blog, but I'm on mobile and couldn't figure out how to subscribe. So I followed her on twitter. Is that okay? (I also tried to post a comment on her blog and couldn't get it to go through.)

I also wanted to ask- the rules say that illustrators can attach one example of their artwork. What format should that be in? JPG or PDF?

Thank you for doing this!
#21 - March 24, 2017, 10:30 AM

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You are so welcome, Ashley! We enjoy it!!

To answer your questions:

Following Michelle on twitter qualifies you as well. If you can follow her blog, too that'd be great because she is a wealth of info with agent interviews and authors on how they landed their agent, as well as contests, and other fun stuff. I'm not exactly sure where on your mobile device the subscribe button will be, but on my laptop, it's along the right hand side, down at the very bottom after the SVS contest entries. It says "Subscribe to my Newsletter."

As for the illustration, I would attach as a jpg. I'm sure PDF works too but I think we mainly see Jpg. Plus while we are reading through the slush, if we can't see the illustration, we'll reach out to the person and ask for them to resend. So, just be sure to mention that an illustration in your query.

Let me know if you have any more questions and I look forward to seeing your entry!
#22 - March 24, 2017, 06:58 PM
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Thanks for answering my question about twitter, and all the other information about this contest which I'm thinking of entering and checking the blog on the internet to keep up to date with the contest.            ::-)
#23 - March 24, 2017, 07:20 PM

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You're very welcome!! I hope you enter! The agents are fantastic this year! Some of the agents from last year couldn't join due to other engagements and conferences, but the 13 we have are amazing! We're pretty picky about what agents we invite. :)

And our ninja editor is terrific as well and usually makes anywhere from one to four picks per contest. It's a great press, too!! So, you won't be disappointed.
#24 - March 24, 2017, 07:30 PM
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Reminder that PBPARTY window opens up at 12:00 EST. Please don't send early as it will be deleted. But don't wait too long either because one contest we filled up 250 slots in a matter of minutes.

Looking forward to seeing a lot of awesome PBs!!! And  :goodluck
#25 - March 26, 2017, 04:03 AM
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Thanks for the reminder, and I'll enter this contest.  As a mater of fact, I just did.  Good Luck to everyone!
#26 - March 26, 2017, 09:45 AM

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Less than 50 slots left!! :dragonchase
#27 - March 26, 2017, 09:59 AM
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I submitted this morning. Best of luck to everyone who enters!
#28 - March 26, 2017, 03:40 PM
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Some really awesome entries this time! It's going to be SOOOO hard to choose just 20! Looks like we filled the 250 in about 3 hours! Way to go PBers!

*stats so far* 50 entries read, 8 maybe’s, 1 yes, 200 more to read!

Michelle will be tweeting thoughts, comments, tips, and hints throughout our slush reading so be sure to check it out!

#29 - March 26, 2017, 09:11 PM
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Hooray! Good luck to all! I was planning on entering but kid/family stuff came up, sniff. Looking forward to seeing the outcome!  :stars3
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