A PLACE FOR PLUTO Recognized as LITA Golden Duck Notable Picture Book

Pluto belongs on another out-of-this-world list! The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), recently announced the 2019 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists.

I’m happy to announce that A PLACE FOR PLUTO has been recognized as a 2019 Golden Duck Notable Picture Book! Below is a list of all the books, from picture book through young adult. To read the full article, please click here.2019 LITA Golden Duck

The Golden Duck Notable Picture Books List

Bitty Bot’s Big Beach Getaway by Tim McCanna. Illustrated by Tad Carpenter. Paula Wise-man/Simon & Schuster.

Breaking News: Alien Alert by David Biedrzycki. Charlesbridge.

Doll-E 1.0 by Shanda McCloskey. Little, Brown YR.

If You Had a Jetpack by Lisl H. Detlefsen. Illustrated by Linzie Hunter. Knopf.

Little Robot Alone by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest. Illustrated by Matt Phelan. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

A Place for Pluto by Stef Wade. Illustrated by Melanie Demmer. Capstone Editions.

The Eleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books List

CatStronauts: Robot Rescue by Drew Brockington. Little, Brown YR. (Graphic novel).

Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge. Delacorte.

Margot and Mateo Save the World by Darcy Miller. HarperCollins.

Mega Robo Bros by Neill Cameron. Scholastic. (Graphic novel).

A Problematic Paradox by Eliot Sappingfield. G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

Quantum Mechanics by Jeff Weigel. Lion Forge. (Graphic novel).

Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks. Disney/Hyperion. (Graphic novel).

Star Scouts: The League of Lasers by Mike Lawrence. First Second. (Graphic novel).

The Story Pirates Present: Stuck in the Stone Age by Geoff Rodkey. Rodale Kids.

Too Much Space! (Beep and Bob) by Jonathan Roth. Simon and Schuster BYR.

Voyage of the Dogs by Greg Van Eekhout. HarperCollins.

Waste of Space by Stuart Gibbs. Simon & Schuster BYR.

The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown. Little, Brown YR.

The Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List

A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole. Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins.

Cross Fire by Fonda Lee. Scholastic.

The Future Will Be B.S.-Free by Will Mcintosh. Delacorte.

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins.

Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan. Albert Whitman.

Impostors by Scott Westerfeld. Scholastic.

Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda. Feiwel and Friends.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. Delacorte.

The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna. Sky Pony.

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton, Delacorte.

This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson. HarperTeen.

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Hyperion.

Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

A PLACE FOR PLUTO LANDS ON TXLA 2×2 READING LIST

Texas Library Association 2x2 Reading List

 

I’m excited to share some great news! A PLACE FOR PLUTO was recently announced as part of the Texas Library Association’s (TXLA) 2×2 Reading List. The 2×2 Reading List is a curated list of 20 titles for 2019 that recommends 20 picture book titles for children age 2 through grade 2. This list is designed to encourage reading and is used by parents, teachers, and caregivers in Texas and beyond!

The list of 20 books includes:

A Place for Pluto by Stef Wade, illustrated by Melanie Demmer (Capstone, 2018)

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal (Candlewick, 2018)

Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings (Random House, 2018)

Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli (Random House, 2018)

Festival of Colors by Kabir and Surishtha Sehgal, illustrated by Vashti Harrison (Simon & Schuster, 2018)

How Are You? / ¿Cómo estás? by Angela Dominguez (Henry Holt and Co., 2018)

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala (Alfred A. Knopf, 2018)

Misunderstood Shark by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Scott Magoon (Orchard Books, 2018)

People Don’t Bite People by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Molly Idle (Simon & Schuster, 2018)

Russell Wrestles the Relatives by Cindy Chambers Johnson, illustrated by Daniel Duncan (Aladdin, 2018)

Shake the Tree! By Chiara Vignocchi, illustrated by Silvia Borando (Candlewick, 2018)

Shapes by Jacques Duquennoy (Chronicle, 2018)

Stegothesaurus by Bridget Heos, illustrated by T.L. McBeth (Henry Holt and Co., 2018)

Teddy’s Favorite Toy by Christian Trimmer, illustrated by Madeline Valentine (Atheneum Books, 2018)

The Itchy Book by LeUyen Pham (Hyperion Books for Children, 2018)

The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez (Scholastic Press, 2018)

The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld (Dial Books, 2018)

Truck Full of Ducks by Ross Burach (Scholastic Press, 2018)

What Do They Do With All That Poo? by Jane Kurtz, illustrated by Allison Black (Beach Lane Books, 2018)

What if… by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Mike Curato (Little, Brown and Company, 2018)

To see the full article, please click here. 

I’m honored that #plutobelongs on this list with so many distinguished and talented authors. It’s an exciting time for Pluto!

Thanks for all of your support!

Stef Wade to publish next picture book in 2020

I can officially say, my newest picture book comes out next year! I’m so excited to bring you LANCE COTTONWOOD IS AFRAID TO FALL, releasing Fall 2020, published by Capstone.

LANCE COTTONWOOD follows Lance the leaf, who’s the best student in his class, but is afraid of his final exam…falling.

Get ready for another pun-ny and fact-filled adventure!

Stay tuned for more information on illustrator and release dates.

A PLACE FOR PLUTO Book Launch Event

I’m excited to announce a special launch party for A PLACE FOR PLUTO! Our awesome friends at Jaunt and Berry Yo in Arlington Heights, IL are teaming up to bring you an exciting day for all things Pluto! Bring family and friends and join me for a fun afternoon!

A PLACE FOR PLUTO BOOK LAUNCH PARTY

Monday, July 2

12:30 – 1:30 p.m
at JAUNT
131 W Wing St, Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Purchase your copy of A PLACE FOR PLUTO

1:30 p.m.
at BERRY YO
50 N Vail Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Reading and Q&A session with Stef Wade, followed by book signing, activities, fro yo and fun!

About Pluto

Pluto got the shock of his life when he was kicked out of the famous nine. His planet status was stripped away, leaving him lost and confused. Poor Pluto! On his quest to find a place where he belongs, he talks to comets, asteroids, and meteoroids. He doesn’t fit it anywhere! But when Pluto is about to give up, he runs into a dwarf planet and finally finds his place in the solar system. This feel-good picture book combines a popular science topic with character education themes of self-discovery, acceptance, and friendship. It has bonus material in the back matter to support curriculum.

About Stef

Stef Wade is the author of A PLACE FOR PLUTO. Growing up in Des Plaines, IL, she dreamed of seeing her book on the shelf one day. And now her dream has come true!  Stef is an alumnus of St. Paul Lutheran School in Mt. Prospect and Maine West High School in Des Plaines. A PLACE FOR PLUTO is her debut picture book and has been chosen by Barnes & Noble for their national storytime on August 11.

“Make space for this clever blend of science and self-realization.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A delightful and accessible take on the redesignation of the Kuiper Belt’s most controversial orbiter.” – Foreward Reviews

 

Barnes & Noble Storytime

Exciting things have been happening in Pluto’s universe this last week (and we all know he could use a little good news).

A PLACE FOR PLUTO has been chosen by Barnes & Noble as part of their National Storytime for August 11, 2018! What exactly does that mean? Every Barnes & Noble across the country holds a Saturday morning storytime each week with the same book at each store. And they’ve chosen A PLACE FOR PLUTO as one of those books! There will be a reading, worksheets and lots of Pluto love! So mark your calendars for August 11!

I couldn’t be more excited. I literally threw confetti.

And due to this development, the release date for A PLACE FOR PLUTO is now July 1, 2018! You can pre-order from Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, Amazon, Capstone and more.

Just a little over a month and PLUTO will be out on the shelves!

Pre-order A PLACE FOR PLUTO

Every step of this process makes my dream feel like a reality. Today, it’s the link…to buy my book…at Barnes & Noble! A PLACE FOR PLUTO comes out August 1, but you can order your copy now! Or two. Just kidding. (Not really kidding, they make great gifts.)

So without further ado, here is the link: A PLACE FOR PLUTO pre-order

 

A PLACE FOR PLUTO Cover Reveal!

The first sneak peek to A PLACE FOR PLUTO is here! The cover reveal is over at my super agent Christa Heschke’s Neverending Stories blog.

But you can also see it…..

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I’m blown away by all the illustrations for this book and the cover shows them off so perfectly. I mean, the suitcase! Come on!

Melanie’s art brings a whole new level to this story. I’m excited to share this cover with you and excited to share this book with the world!

Pre-orders available soon!

Coming August 1, 2018!

 

 

 

 

A PLACE FOR PLUTO coming Summer 2018

Dreams come true.

Writing has been my “thing” since I was able to form words on a paper. Being an author has been my dream since I started reading. Eight years ago, I decided to get serious about it.

I’m proud and excited to announce that my first children’s book is becoming a reality. A PLACE FOR PLUTO will hit shelves Summer 2018.

A PLACE FOR PLUTO follows Pluto as he struggles with a bit of an identity crisis after being told he’s no longer a planet. The book is illustrated by Melanie Demmer and published by Capstone.

For the Publisher’s Weekly announcement, click here.

I’ll share more about my journey along the way, but for now, we’re popping the cork and toasting to Pluto. Here’s to chasing dreams that may seem out of this world.

Cheers!

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How to Twitter pitch your book

“All the writers I know got their agents through face-to-face agent pitch sessions.”
“Agents only get writers from queries.”
“Queries hardly get read.”
“You’ll never get an agent unless you know someone.”

I heard all of these things while looking for an agent. And friends, when contradictions as strongly as these cloud your mind with confusion and fear, it is of utmost importance to open up your mind and let them out.

This means: Query! Attend conferences! Twitter pitch! Pitch in person! Network!

I never cut off an avenue that could lead to an agent and in the end, it became a combination of everything that got me to where I am today. (Team Christa/McIntosh & Otis!)

I come from an advertising/marketing/public relations background. As a business writer, I’ve tackled everything from cardboard boxes, to Brazilian Buttlifts, to soccer moms. (Triple points for making a creative connection between all three of these. There are writing prompts everywhere people).

In writing for business, I learned to tone my once flowery and poetic way of writing into a short, succinct verbiage for whatever the room on the page allowed.

So when the Twitter Pitch contest #PitMad came across my radar years ago, I thought, here’s my chance! Knock 65,000 words down to 140 characters? Easy Peasy Havarti Cheesy.

If you’re not familiar with #PitMad, #Pitchmadness #PBPitch #Pitchwars #pitch2pub or the many others not listed here, they are Twitter parties where you have the opportunity to pitch your book to agents and editors with one tweet. Agents and editors peruse the hashtag and favorite pitches that they want to see. It’s a great way to get your manuscript into an agent’s hands and more so, get them excited about your work! It’s a little leg up from a straight query because they will be awaiting your manuscript.

Knocking your book down to 140 characters, whether it be a 400-word picture book or a 300,000- word epic fantasy…okay…maybe it seems a little daunting. But here are a few pointers to help you out. A few tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way both from writing headlines, taglines and bikini lines (I almost wish I was kidding) to sell your ideas.

  1. There’s NO room for generalization.

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In Dead Poet’s Society, the late great Robin Williams once said, “So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”

You likely already understand this concept, you’re a writer after all, so don’t drop your principles for social media! Avoid any and all generalizations about your story. There is NO ROOM for that. You have 140 characters to get that agent or editor’s attention, so writing something like “When two worlds collide, big odds are at stake and only one can win” tells us NOTHING!

What makes your book unique? Tell us that. Is it a three-headed alien who steals the pain of people it touches? Is it a walking, talking glue stick paralyzed by a fear of drying out?

And most importantly, what’s at stake? Will Valentine’s Day fail to exist if the glue stick dries up? (hey, maybe I should start writing this one) Will the human race forget how to love if they don’t know pain?

It can be written as a question, or a statement, whatever makes it easiest to get these points across.

  1. Don’t get too cute.

We know, you’re a writer and you can craft the cutest sentence in the Twitterverse, but cute doesn’t always convey your story. Over the years, I thought I’d created some of the funniest Twitter pitches known to man but guess what? They got no traction. The ones that did were the ones that gave the unique plot and stakes all wrapped up into a pretty (but not cute) tweet.

  1. Use your voice!

Just because I told you not to be cute, doesn’t mean your Tweet shouldn’t show your voice. You’ve spent a lot of time crafting that voice for your manuscript, don’t lose it now! Read over some of your favorite parts of your manuscript (we all have them). Why do you love them so much? More than likely, it’s your voice. Maybe it’s the anxiety-ridden ramblings of the glue stick that make you feel actual panic. Or the eerie and stark air to the three-headed alien that has you ready to be taken to its leader.

Now look back at your Twitter pitch. Do you feel the same feels? You should.

  1. Avoid useless details.

You may gasp at the idea that I just called your very clever character’s name useless, but it is. Well, most likely. No one is doubting that you have great names, creative settings, brilliant secondary characters but unless they’re absolutely pertinent to getting the point of your story across, they are useless for this purpose. They’ll bog down your pitch. We don’t need to know that the glue stick’s name is Elmer. Cute, but it doesn’t matter because it takes up coveted space.

I’m all about the research. Go back on the old hashtags for some of these contests. Find the ones that got the most love. Figure out why. Sure, sometimes another writer may have the most sellable idea of all time, but more often than not, they got attention from agents because their pitch was clear, showed off their voice and offered up originality and high stakes.

So what might a succinct pitch look like?

When Glue Stick loses his cap, a fear of drying up sends him on a frantic search to save himself and Valentine’s Day.  (insert hashtags)  

This may not be perfect, but it follows the formula. I suggest making an entire page of these. They may seem very similar but it’s the best way to hone the perfect pitch. Read them out loud. Read them to a friend. DO NOT wait until the morning of the pitch party to write them.

There are different rules for each pitch party. Get familiar with the rules. Are you allowed one tweet? A certain amount per hour? Per day? Work with the rules and create your tweets based around them.

A bunch of pitch parties are right around the corner! Start crafting your pitches now. And may the favorites be ever in you favor.

Check out these upcoming Twitter pitch party links:

PB Pitch (Feb. 23): http://www.pbpitch.com
Pitch Madness (Feb 24): http://www.brenda-drake.com/pitch-madness/
PitMad (March 23): http://www.brenda-drake.com/pitmad/
#adpit (April 5): https://heidinorrod.wordpress.com/adpit-and-kidpit/
#kidpit (April 5): https://heidinorrod.wordpress.com/kidpit/

The truth about the bird’s acne

Sadie here. Today’s post is brought to you by the letter D for duped and the number 3 for my third finger…because it’s up in the air right now, facing my mom’s bedroom. Just because she can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

To all my fellow bloglets out there who’ve been through something similar, this one’s for you:

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Today I discovered that Mother Bird’s been sneaking behind my back, taking before and after pictures of my face. Okay, it’s not like she tiptoed into my room while I was sleeping (though I wouldn’t put it passed her). She had me pose with my siblings for pictures right before bed (pajama snuggles! cheese!). I’m sans make-up, looking just shy of my worst when she lures me using tiny people, then crops my face to show how great the recent facial cleansing regimen has been to my skin.

Before: acne!

After: less acne!

{Pictures have been removed to halt further embarrassment to “face model”}

Thanks Mom. Having zits isn’t enough, let’s show the world a magnified portrait of my facial volcanoes.

I know there’s benefit from a good before and after picture, but there’s also a little thing called consent and our beloved Mother Bird? She doesn’t have it.

That’s all for now. If you need me, I’ll be holed up in my room researching photography and the law.

In truth,

Sadie Peck