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Frances Gilbert
All things girl-positive & bookish. Random House Children’s Books editor; author of picture book “Go, Girls, Go!” (Simon & Schuster). (Opinions mine only.)
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Frances Gilbert 8h
Replying to @Cleaver5S
Wow, that’s so beautiful to here. What a great little boy. Thank you for sharing my book and letting me know!
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Frances Gilbert 10h
Replying to @SauerTammi
Hey, turns out it’s also Squirrel Appreciation Day! Win-win.
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Frances Gilbert 10h
Replying to @SauerTammi
Squeeee!
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Frances Gilbert Jan 18
Replying to @heather_stigall
Yes, a book might be a bad fit for one list and a perfect one for another.
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Frances Gilbert Jan 17
Oh, nice one! Great choice of book!
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Frances Gilbert Jan 16
Replying to @ItsTheInventory
Ah, just noticed this! Thanks so much for including my picture book in your feminist gift guide! xo
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Frances Gilbert Jan 16
Replying to @Val_Marchini
To be clear, there are many more reasons why a pitch might stand out, but these were the five reasons that appeared that day. : )
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Frances Gilbert Jan 16
Replying to @jodywrites4kids
Ah, so cool!
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Frances Gilbert Jan 16
Tammi and I have been laughing at that for over a decade.
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Frances Gilbert Jan 16
The prequel! “Chicken Dance.” (Known in France - no joke - as “Coq Star.”)
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Frances Gilbert Jan 16
Replying to @COffsay @SauerTammi
This was the second book I worked on with renowned chicken expert ! 🐔🐔
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Frances Gilbert Jan 16
I’m worried about you, Jenna.
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Frances Gilbert Jan 16
Replying to @mgtaitken
Both
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Frances Gilbert Jan 15
Replying to @Matt_Tesoriero
Oh there aren’t any! Or, there are millions. The point is, make sure your story stands out in *some* way. Generic is not going to get noticed.
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Frances Gilbert Jan 15
Replying to @KellyAMangan
Yep, mostly holidays - Xmas, etc. But also back to school and any other time of year where a bookseller/librarian might have a thematic table/display. There IS a lot of competition. And not all editors/publishers like them, but I do.
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Frances Gilbert Jan 15
Replying to @GoGirlsGoBooks
Five very different stories with different ways of standing out. But key is the pitches all stood out. Does yours?
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Frances Gilbert Jan 15
Replying to @GoGirlsGoBooks
1. Had a crazy, eccentric title that I’m super-curious about 2. Hit a personal interest of mine (super-random, but that’s how editors are) 3. A seasonal hook 4. A reading/books-themed story 5. A pitch that was so beautiful and poetic, I have to see what the writing is like
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Frances Gilbert Jan 15
Speaking of picture book hooks, as we do, today I read 50 one-line pb pitches, arranged via a writing group. I’ve chosen five that I want to read more of. I noticed they fall into five different “categories” as to why they got my attention:
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Frances Gilbert Jan 15
Replying to @ashayhen
Yep
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Frances Gilbert Jan 15
Replying to @ashayhen
Ok
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