Do you ever come across other people's brilliant story ideas and wish you had thought of them?!
All too often for me, I'm afraid. When I read this update in the PW Children's Bookshelf Rights Report, it sounded so wonderfully beautiful I was instantly insanely jealous that it was not my own (not to mention the landing of the perfect illustrator for this project, one of my favorites, the incredibly talented Erin E. Stead..!)
But works like this inspire me to keep getting better, to keep striving to achieve that laudable idea of my own that someone one day will be jealous of, oops I mean, inspired by :)
Very much looking forward to adding this book to my collection...
"Nancy Conescu at Dial has bought world rights to The Uncorking of Ocean Bottles, written by Michelle Cuevas (The Masterwork of a Painting Elephant) and illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Erin E. Stead (A Sick Day for Amos McGee). The picture book tells of a solitary seafaring man who, the publisher explained, “wishes that someday one of the bottles that he is charged with opening will contain a message for him.” Cuevas was inspired to write the story after she learned that Queen Elizabeth I had appointed an official “Uncorker of Ocean Bottles” and it was a criminal offense for anyone other than the Uncorker to open messages in bottles. Publication is scheduled for 2016; Emily van Beek at Folio Literary Management represented Stead, and Brenda Bowen at Sanford J. Greenburger represented Cuevas."