WELCOME MIDDLE GRADE AUTHOR BURTON W. COLE
Burton W. Cole showed up on my radar over two years ago when he pitched during #FaithPitch. It was June, and when I read his pitch, I knew instantly I was interested and immediately liked it while sharing our submission criteria. Then, I waited for his submission to arrive in our inbox.
And I waited.
And I waited.
And I waited some more.
And, when the submission and manuscript never showed up in my inbox, Mr. Cole’s pitch became a distant memory as I moved on with company business, new releases, planned events, and more.
Two years, y’all!
We are inundated with submissions on a regular basis. In fact, we recently adjusted our guidelines because of the number of queries arriving. Yet, while it’s not common, it does happen that a writer will decide that a publishing house is not a good fit, and I determined that Mr. Cole, who has been published before, felt we might not be a good fit. This is okay because just as we do our due diligence when we offer a contract to an author, we hope that writers are doing their due diligence to ensure that the agent or pub house they partner with will be a good fit as well.
And as we all know, timing is everything! God knows where we need to be to not only receive what He has in store, but for our work, our efforts, and our ideas to be received by our audience.
Fast forward to Summer 2020. We’re in the midst of a pandemic. We are facing political unrest. We’re unsure about the future on a personal and business level, and guess who shows up on my radar again. Yep, Burton W. Cole. Only this time, Burton was answering a middle-grade fiction inquiry on an publishing association loop. As a member, I saw the chat about middle school books and it triggered my memory. This time I reached out to him directly (and immediately).
And, as “they” say … the rest is gonna be history because we are kicking-off January 2021 by welcoming Burton W. Cole and BOTH of his chapter book series to the Little Lamb Books family! Yes, you read that correctly! Burton will be authoring a brand new series tentatively titled, The Duck Detective Agency for upper elementary readers as well as continuing his popular middle-grade Bash and Beamer series. So, pull up a seat and get ready to giggle and guffaw as you get to know Burton!
Where do you call home? I live just outside the Garrettsville, OH, village limits
As you can see, Burton brings his trademark humor and wit to all things, and we are blessed to welcome him into our Little Lamb Books author family. We encourage you to visit his brand new website as well as your favorite social media channels, including Facebook or LinkedIn. Throughout the next year, we will share more from Burton and any new details we can about the new crew of The Duck Detective series as well as the always fun and funny Bash and Beamer, so stay tuned by signing up for our monthly newsletter! Welcome Burton! Let’s do this!