Ta-da! Today I share a guest post with Amberly Kristen Clowe, my fellow Little Lamb Books author. We’ll be chatting about her newest chapter book, Teeny Sweeney and the Mustache Cash, and about her road to publication with Little Lamb Books.
Welcome, Amberly! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Absolutely. I live in Texas with my husband and children and have experience teaching both elementary and middle school students. I’ve worked in the publishing industry for about ten years now. I have three published children’s books and my latest chapter book Teeny Sweeney and the Mustache Cash, which will publish next month. Woo-hoo!
Fantastic news. Congratulations! That brings me to my next question: how did you link-up with our publisher, Little Lamb Books?
I enjoy telling this story, because it still seems surreal. I had actually submitted the manuscript for Teeny Sweeney and the Mustache Cash to an agent who represented Christian literature. She and I had communicated back and forth for a few weeks. At the end of the correspondence, she had just decided to no longer represent authors, and instead, focus on her own writing. She was and is completely fabulous, so though I was kind of bummed, I was equally thrilled for her career. Seriously, almost no time later, this former agent shared a reference to #faithpitch on her Twitter page. At the time, I had very little experience with Twitter and especially Twitter parties, but I was completely intrigued with a Twitter party solely sharing and seeking Christian literature. How cool! I didn’t even know that was a thing. I created several pitches, pitched, and received hearts from Little Lamb. I submitted the manuscript soon after that and received an offer of publication.
And what has been your experience working with the people at Little Lamb Books?
I have been beyond impressed with Little Lamb every step of the way. They expect a lot from their authors, from an active online presence to high-quality material. But they are also working just as hard as their authors and illustrators. Not to mention, it is so amazing to have other people feel as passionate about your project as you. Rachel Pellegrino, founder of Little Lamb Books, even prays before our phone conversations. That is everything to me.
Can you share more details about the first book in the Teeny Sweeney series?
Happily. In Teeny Sweeney and the Mustache Cash, third-grader Teeny is tasked by her teacher to create a business plan. Teeny’s brother inspires Teeny to create mustaches to sell to all the boys at school. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say things don’t go according to plan.
This series is jam-packed with humor. I love to both read and write one-liners, and I think kids do too. The Bible is so dear to my heart, and in this story, scripture helps guide Teeny through some pretty hairy situations (pun totally intended).
I am also so eager for readers to find the pages and pages of goodies in the back of the book. This age group adores activities, and, wow, Little Lamb Books does not disappoint. Readers will discover some of Teeny’s favorites, a tiny entrepreneur how-to, and so much more! Parents will really feel good about getting the bang for their buck. As a parent, I appreciate that!
Well, Amberly, it was a pleasure have you on ENCOURAGING WORDS today. Best wishes on your new series! Thanks for sharing with us.
Thank you, Jean! I can’t wait to read yours as well! I love seasonal books!