In March 2016, I entered Little Tiger into Vivian Kirkfield’s 50 Precious Words contest. To my delight, Vivian fell in love with the story and awarded it first place! My first contest win! I was over the moon!
This contest led to signing with my wonderful agent Essie White (www.stormliteraryagency.com). She had offered a prize to critique a story. I jumped at the opportunity and she loved Little Tiger and offered representation.
A good few months passed and an editor showed interest in Little Tiger. She suggested I write another ‘Little’ story. I gave it some thought and decided on a snow based setting, to differentiate a little from Little Tiger’s jungle home. I looked into panda behaviour, made my notes and Little Panda was born. In the end the original editor passed, but she kindly sent the stories onto a colleague. When Amicus Ink approached my agent to ask if I would consider publishing Little Tiger and Little Panda as board books, I could barely control my excitement. “Yes” I replied to Essie! “YES, YES, YES!”
Here is the announcement which appeared in Publishers Weekly a couple of weeks ago.
I am thrilled that Suzie Mason will illustrate these books. Please take a look at her amazing artwork here http://thebrightagency.com/artists/view/690?page=1
And keep an eye on http://www.viviankirkfield.com. She has wonderful picture book reviews every week and, of course, the third 50preciouswords contest will be coming up next spring.