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There is something unparalleled about connecting a spectacular author with their first book deal—and this one is no exception! Susan Yoon joined my team at EMLA this year and absolutely swept me away with her gorgeous voice and heartfelt storytelling. The first picture book we sent out on submission was WAITING FOR TOMORROW, the story of two young sisters who are eagerly awaiting and planning a special surprise for their father’s return after a long time away.

As we all know, sometimes things in publishing can move very slowly. That was most definitely not the case here! To our great delight, just days after sending Susan’s this text on submission, we got an enthusiastic response back from an editor. Things continued to move along very quickly—with the result that this fantastic text was preempted by Grace Kendall at FSG! Talented artist Julie Kwon has now signed on to illustrate, and the whole thing will be heading to a bookshelf near you in Winter 2023. 

Hooray and huge congratulations, Susan!!

- Joan

Back in 2006, Deborah Underwood published a super-fun book in Random House’s Step into Reading line called PIRATE MOM. It has gone on to sell over 300,000 copies, so I am really pleased the Deborah has found another story that’s perfect for Step into Reading: STORIES TO READ TO YOUR ZOMBIE. It has Deborah’s signature wit and kid-friendly humor, all in a learn-to-read package. 

Heidi Kilgras at Random House Children’s Books will work with Deborah again, and we’re looking at summer 2023 for a publication date.

Congrats, Deborah!

—Erin


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