Picture Book Peek Week #12 – A TOO PURPLEY! Board Book Birthday

TOO PURPLEY! comes out in board book format on July 19th. It’s purple. It’s adorable. AND it’s virtually indestructible. Now that’s something to celebrate!

So in honor of its board book birthday I’m holding a

TOO PURPLEY! Board Book Birthday Peek
July 19th!!
Win a free critique of a selected picture book manuscript. WHEEEEE!

Here’s how it works:

Sign up for a critique by entering your picture book WORKING TITLE in the comment section of this blog post anytime (midnight to midnight Mountain Time) on July 19th. Titles submitted before or after July 19th will not be considered.

I’ll throw all titles into a hat and pick 1 for critique.

Keep in mind:
* Manuscripts must be 1000 words or less.

* I accept only fiction.

* Level of detail in the critique will vary based on my impression of the caliber of the writing.

* Please understand that I’m not an editor and will not be providing line-editing of your work. My critique will be comprised of suggestions for improving your manuscript. So please send me your most polished piece.

* The critique winner must e-mail me his/her manuscript as a Word attachment within 48 hours of the announcement . Manuscripts will be kept completely confidential. When I receive the manuscript, I’ll let the author know when they can expect my critique.

* As with any art form, likes and dislikes are entirely subjective. Please understand that my critiques are only one reader’s/writer’s opinion. It’s always wise to seek feedback from a few different readers. If my ideas resonate with you, they’re yours to use. If you disagree, I encourage you to compare my comments with those of other readers. But in the end, it’s your book. Stay true to your vision.

“Jean’s critique played a direct role in getting me an agent. What more can I say? She’s an invaluable resource for kidlit writers.”
Tara Lazar, author of THE MONSTORE coming soon from Aladdin/Simon & Schuster 2013

I look forward to reading your work.

P.S. And don’t forget to check out the TOO PURPLEY! board book. Perfect for little hands (and teeth!). You can order it here.

P.S.S And while you’re at it, enter to win an autographed TOO PURPLEY! board book on Goodreads. Here’s the giveaway page.

49 Responses to “Picture Book Peek Week #12 – A TOO PURPLEY! Board Book Birthday”

  1. Marcia

    Love that purple. Congrats on your book's birthday, and I love your new blog look. The font is cool!

  2. Jean Reidy

    Marcia, Thanks. And I'm glad you like the blog look and the font. I hope that means you can read it clearly. Hope to see you at the Peek on the 19th.

  3. Anonymous

    How will you contact the person who wins the critique? Should we leave an e-mail address?<br /><br />Joy

  4. Jean Reidy

    Great question, Joy. I announce the winning title on my blog and supply my e-mail address. Then the winner contacts me and sends me the manuscript.

  5. Carolyn

    Catch that Kite! <br /><br />Thanks for the opportunity, Jean.<br />Cheers,<br />Carolyn Fay

  6. Becky Nally

    Bananas For Dad <br /><br />Thanks! <br /><br />Becky Nally

  7. Kristin

    CHICKEN<br /><br />Thanks, Jean. And congrats! I&#39;ve given Too Purply as baby shower gifts but the board book makes more sense (for babies that is).<br /><br />Kristin

  8. tinamcho

    Dewey Bookworm Takes the Stage<br /><br />Tina Cho<br /><br />Thanks and congratulations on your new book!

  9. Amy D

    Thanks again, Jean, for a great opportunity!<br /><br />My manuscript is SOPHIE&#39;S ANIMAL PARADE<br /><br />Amy

  10. Anonymous

    Thanks for the opportunity! <br /><br />Mommy Always Comes Back<br /><br />Krissy Hudson

  11. RebeccaC

    Thanks for this opportunity, Jean!<br /><br />My title is: Broomstick Rodeo

  12. Abigail Beal

    My picture book is: Teacherbot! <br /><br />Congratulations on the Too Purpley! board book &amp; thank you for offering this wonderful critique opportunity! <br /><br />:) Abigail

  13. Anonymous

    Go, Bessie!<br /><br />Thanks, Jean! :)<br /><br />Sheri Dillard

  14. Luke

    Congratulations, Jean, on the board book. Now you just need a Too Purpley doll!<br /><br />Thanks for the chance to hopefully pick your brain.<br /><br />Title: I Wouldn&#39;t Eat That

  15. LJ Moz

    Working Title:<br />THERE&#39;S A DRAGON IN MY CASTLE<br /><br />Jean,<br /><br />A virtually indestructible board book is the perfect shade of Too Purpley! for my little pals ;D

  16. Anonymous

    Title: Backhoe Joe<br /><br />Thanks Jean!<br /><br />Lori Alexander

  17. Anonymous

    Monster Face Pancakes<br /><br />Thanks Jean, the blog looks great! Congrats on the board book.<br /><br />Denise Schurr

  18. katswhiskers

    &quot;Henry and Henrietta&quot;<br /><br />That is a very purpley book, Jean. Enjoy the feel (taste :P) of the solid, indestructible board book.<br /><br />Kathryn Apel

  19. Becky Levine

    Congrats on all the wonderful book news. I&#39;m tossing my PB hat into the ring again for the critique.<br /><br />Title: Dragon Burps

  20. Joseph Miller

    Title: If Pirates Found a Storybook<br /><br />Thanks for this awesome contest!<br /><br />Best Wishes,<br />Joseph

  21. mindyalyse

    Happy birthday, Too Purpley! <br /><br />Thanks so much for doing another Peek Week, Jean. I&#39;ll enter Silly Frilly Itchy.

  22. Jiggs

    Happy Birthday, Too Purpley!<br /><br />Working Title: Sheldon Steiner Super Whiner<br /><br />Thanks for a fun post, Jean.<br /><br />Stephanie Shaw