Cinda Jo Bauman: Children's Book Writer & Illustrator, Cut-Paper Artist, and More!

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Picture Book Pitches

Good morning!

Yep, it’s still winter.  Yuck.  At least below zero wind chills and blowing snow gives me an excuse to still be in my pj’s at close to noon.  It also gives me time to think about the children’s stories I have tucked away – not feeling brave enough to drag them out, dust them off, and send them out on another round of submissions to publishers.

Last night, I participated in a webinar called, “”Writing Cover Letters and Pitches that Agents and Editors Want to Read” presented by Mira Reisberg with the Children’s Book Academy.  I’m glad I signed up, but most of her information seemed geared toward people very new to children’s writing.  I’m certainly no expert, still super unpublished, but I have done my share of research on cover and query letters.  The part I need serious help with is writing a 30-50 word pitch!  THAT is torture for me.  So, I enjoyed listening to her take on the pitches that were sent to her ahead of time.  Sadly, she didn’t have time to get to my pitch, so I’ve decided to post it here and ask for comments.  (Snow days must make me brave!)  What do you think of this pitch for a 450 word picture-book manuscript titled Fancy Firefly? (You can also see the characters in my Gallery 1 cut paper art)

Fancy Firefly wants to make friends, but she has no idea she is scaring them off with her blinkity-blinking fanny.  She encounters a barkity-barking dog, a rowdy raccoon, and fat frog before discovering that what she seeks is right where her journey began. The story is suitable for ages 3-7.


King StruttFred

King Struttfred

Only good thing about a COLD-snowy weekend is finishing a painting that has been so close for too long. Felt really good to get him finished. Quite a while ago, my friends suggested names for him. My favorite was King Strutt, and most popular was Fred. I decided to compromise with King StruttFred for now, but may change to something more psychedelic eventually. 🙂 I hope he brightens your day like he does mine. And in case you are wondering, I haven’t given up on illustrating for children’s books!  I’m just enjoying learning to paint for now.  Stay warm! Cinda

Postcards ready for Liberate Your Art!

I got the postcards in the mail today that I had made for Liberate Your Art postcard exchange.  Can’t wait to start getting fun mail!           


Time to Get Busy!

I can’t believe it, March is almost over! It’s time to dig those picture book manuscripts out, dust them off and send them out to a new batch of publishers. After all, no one will publish them if they are sitting on my desk, now will they?  I’m afraid I lost my submission momentum when the publishers got so busy they decided not to reply to manuscripts unless they were interested.  I understand, really I do, but it sure leaves us writers feeling a little lost.  I need that closure of a rejection, even if it is just a form letter. (Of course, a CONTRACT would be MUCH, MUCH better!)  It’s like my signal that it’s okay to move on to the next great publisher on my list.

I’m working on something with those feathers I posted, too.  Hopefully, I’ll post a picture soon.  Enjoy this beautiful weather. 🙂

Going to need more feathers. This is so much more fun than dusting!


Not sure what to do with this little guy yet. There’s a story here somewhere.

What should I name you, Ladybug?

Love roosters? Check out my oil paintings of roosters in my gallery 2

I started with one big painting of two roosters and got some good feedback.  Friends told me to paint more roosters!  So I added a midsized and a smaller one.  They are a bit funky, painterly, or maybe expressionistic–definitely bright and happy.