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Oh, wow. I can’t believe I’m here announcing my first picture book. I started writing back in spring 2006, joined SCBWI a few months later, and by summer of the next year, I had found the blueboards. I’m so glad I did!

And that first manuscript I wrote way back then is the very one I’m announcing today…

Adrienne Szpyrka at Running Press Kids has bought, with Julie Matysik editing, world rights to Sheri Dillard's (l.) Cowhide-and-Seek, a picture book featuring a cow who is determined to be the winner of hide-and-seek, even though she's the only one playing. Jess Pauwels will illustrate; publication is set for spring 2019. Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency represented the author, and Arabella Stein of Bright Group represented the illustrator.

Thanks for letting me celebrate here with you! Cheers to the blueboards!   :love5
#1 - February 23, 2018, 06:03 AM
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Congrats and Welcome to RPKids, Sheri!!!
 
Julie is awesome, isn't she!!
#2 - February 23, 2018, 06:18 AM
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 :yay :yay :yay :yay :yay I am so incredibly happy for you!!!!!!! I cannot wait to read this book!
#3 - February 23, 2018, 06:19 AM
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 :congratulations WOW! What wonderful news! Congratulations for hanging in there!  :stars3
#4 - February 23, 2018, 06:36 AM
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Hooray!!!
#5 - February 23, 2018, 06:37 AM
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Woot!  :yourock
#6 - February 23, 2018, 06:59 AM

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Major Congrats!!!! Virtual Confetti Blast!
#7 - February 23, 2018, 07:53 AM
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:congratulations  I love hearing that it's one of your first stories too! Sounds so much fun :cow
#8 - February 23, 2018, 08:27 AM
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Yay!!! Congratulations, Sheri!!

 :fireworks :fireworks :fireworks
#9 - February 23, 2018, 08:49 AM

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Yippe- :yay! So happy for you!  :flowers2
#10 - February 23, 2018, 09:54 AM

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Awesome, Sheri!  :drumroll  I'm delighted for you!  It sounds like an intriguing story.
#11 - February 23, 2018, 11:24 AM

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I saw that announcement in PW and thought it sounded like such a clever PB!

Congratulations!!
#12 - February 23, 2018, 01:18 PM
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Wow! Congratulations!
#13 - February 23, 2018, 02:54 PM

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 :stars3 :stars3 :star2 :stars3 :stars3 :star2 :stars3 :star2 :stars3 :star2 :stars3 :star2 :stars3

How many^ ways are there to say THAT'S GRAND?
#14 - February 23, 2018, 03:12 PM
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SHERI! SHERI! SHERI! So glad you could finally spill about your darling book! I didn't realize it was the first you'd ever written. Yay!!
#15 - February 23, 2018, 03:28 PM
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Yay! Thanks so much everyone!!   :yippee

And Sharon, I love Julie! Did she edit your vehicle series? So fun!

Debra, I hadn't realized that yesterday was PBPitch. (Did you see my tweet about that?) Remember how I found my agent at PBPitch Feb/2016? And then her announcement of our signing happened to fall on PBPitch Oct/2016, and then the very day the book deal is announced, it's another PBPitch! That event must be a good luck charm for me!   :clover
#16 - February 23, 2018, 03:31 PM
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SHERI! SHERI! SHERI! So glad you could finally spill about your darling book! I didn't realize it was the first you'd ever written. Yay!!

Yes, isn't that something? I wasn't even writing for children at the time, and I woke up around 2am with the story idea. Something about it made me get out of bed to write it down so I wouldn't forget! I'm so happy that Bessie will be my first book. Feels right.  ::-)
#17 - February 23, 2018, 03:36 PM
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Best 'moos' ever!   :stars3 Congratulations!
#18 - February 23, 2018, 03:56 PM
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Oh my goodness, Sheri, your book sounds adorable! Congratulations!   :dancer

Della  :love5
#19 - February 23, 2018, 05:55 PM
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Thanks, Stephanie and DellaRF! I love good "moos!"  :yup
#20 - February 23, 2018, 07:16 PM
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YAY, Sheri! SO happy for you!!!  :hurrah :running
#21 - February 23, 2018, 07:17 PM
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Sharon, I love Julie! Did she edit your vehicle series? So fun!

She did! Well, all but Race Car, that was Marlo before she left. Julie is actually the one who suggested a Bulldozer for book two. She and Kristen were discussing what would be cool for the next vehicle, and Julie sent a few thoughts they liked and Bulldozer was one of them. I loved that one when I read it! So I went for it.

#22 - February 23, 2018, 07:29 PM
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:hurrah

Congratulations! Your book sounds hilarious.

Julie is also the editor for my book, coming out in August. She is awesome.
#23 - February 23, 2018, 08:57 PM
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Thanks, Jessica! (I love that little running guy!  :running )

And I'm so glad to hear about your experiences with RPK, Sharon and Margaret! Julie has great taste in books! ;)
#24 - February 23, 2018, 09:35 PM
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Sheri, SO exciting, big congratulations to you!!! :)
#25 - February 24, 2018, 01:45 AM
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Thank you, christripp!!  :)
#26 - February 24, 2018, 04:36 AM
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Congrats again, Sheri! Can't wait to see Bessie come to life! Making room on my bookshelf.  :hurrah
#27 - February 24, 2018, 09:28 AM
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So fantastic!! Congrats!
#28 - February 24, 2018, 11:29 AM
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Hooray, Sheri! So happy for you!   :yay 
#29 - February 24, 2018, 12:07 PM
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Thanks so much, everyone! It's fun to celebrate here!

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#30 - February 24, 2018, 01:14 PM
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