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It’s day 8 of our countdown to pitch time. A big thank you to Tara Lazar, an amazing author, for sharing the trailer to her recently released picture book, Bloop, which is a great example of a perfect pitch (just watch it unfold in this trailer and you’ll see how savvy it is). And thanks to Dan Santat for sharing some sage advice for preparing pitches.

Tara Lazar is also the founder of Storystorm, a month-long, kidlit brain-storming event every January with awesome prizes from authors/illustrators and industry professionals. Find more details see here:

Tara’s website is also one of the best resources for kidlit authors and illustrators. Find more here:

And follow Tara at:

And now a word from Dan:

“My advice for pitching a graphic novel is to create a tight outline of the complete story. Make sure it is solid. Write a chapter or two with dialogue, scenes, etc. If you are an illustrator as well, sketch out 15-20 pages and illustrate 5 in color.”

Dan Santat is a New York Times best-selling author/illustrator of more than one hundred titles, including The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, which won the prestigious Caldecott Medal. He’s also the author-illustrator the graphic novel Sidekicks and many other fantastic books for children. Find out more about Dan here: , or follow him on Instagram:, or Twitter:

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