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Author Spotlight: Shannon Stocker

Author Spotlight: Shannon Stocker Happy Tuesday and welcome to Picture Book Spotlight! If you happened to miss the most recent post about my book deal, click here to check it out!--there are still two more days to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a picture book manuscript 10 minute phone critique with Melissa Richeson! Today we have a very special Author Spotlight with Shannon Stocker! Shannon's debut, CAN U SAVE THE DAY? was nominated more than any other book during the Picture Book Spotlight Awards. And I'm so glad it did because there's lots to love here. If you haven't had a chance to read this book, let me assure you...it is NOT your typical alphabet book. You simply HAVE to re

Breaking All the Rules

Breaking All the Rules I wrote a book. It's called THE BOOK OF RULES. It's about following the rules. If you don't...you will be eaten. This book is the poster-child for never giving up on a manuscript, never throwing an idea away completely. I wrote the first draft of this book sometime in the fall of 2017 but never got it ready enough to share or query. By the time I signed with Melissa Richeson in February 2019, the book was collecting dust in a folder marked "no longer pursuing." I thought it was dead. Even after I began working with Melissa, this manuscript wasn't anywhere near my radar of books I was hoping we might submit. Not only was it not the book she signed me for...she didn't ev


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