Dear literary agent, I wrote a children’s book—call me

I look at it this way: with my last name alone being so comforting (“Pillow”) it’s, to quote Darth Vader, “my destiny” (to publish a children’s book).

That’s going to be part of my pitch at least.

[stag_dropcap font_size=”75px” style=”squared”]I[/stag_dropcap] wrote a children’s book, and now I’m seeking a literary agent. If you’re an agent, you should call me. I’m pretty sure we’re a match made in heaven.

I wrote it five or so years ago. Other than a single query letter, I didn’t actively seek out an agent at the time. Instead, the story has been sitting in my desk drawer, collecting dust. That’s what I like doing with my writing—let it collect dust.

I genuinely like the story and think it has promise. I could be dead wrong, and if I am, that’s okay. I mean, I had this dream of playing in the NBA when I was a kid and that didn’t pan out.

photo of author jeffrey pillow and his daughter
Here’s a photo of my daughter and me. Aren’t we adorable? Tell me that’s not the perfect author bio photo for a children’s book. I mean, look who is taking a bite of ice cream from off my shirt. The nameless protagonist from Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham story. Granted, this photo is over five years old and I’ve had a beard since 2012

Note to Magic Johnson: I still have a few years left in the tank if you’re interested. You can contact me here if you need another veteran presence in the locker room to balance out Rondo and Lance’s presence. I’m cool with the vet minimum.

If I get rejected, I’ll keep writing. Ain’t nothing but a thang.

Happens to the best of them.

I’m giving myself a year from today to find an agent and publisher. Perhaps I’m jinxing myself. Oh, well. No time like the present. No time to be scared anymore.

It’s do or die.

Well, not really.

It’s do, or do again until someone sees the light and agrees to represent me—or not.

I look at it this way: with my last name alone being so comforting (“Pillow”) it’s, to quote Darth Vader, “my destiny” (to publish a children’s book).

That’s going to be part of my pitch at least — how my last name, Pillow, is comforting to children, and how their parents, without consciously recognizing it, are comforted by an author with the last name Pillow.

Here’s to finding an agent, or not.

We shall see.

Wish me luck.

What’s your experience or advice? Share it in the comments below.

Thanks for reading.

jeffrey pillow photoWritten by Jeffrey Pillow, author of the coming-of-age memoir in progress When the Lights Go Out at 10:16, which you can read on this blog as it’s being written. When the Lights Go Out at 10:16 is a story of growing up in small town America in the 1980’s in a teeny tiny town known as Phenix, in Charlotte County, Virginia. It is a story of life and friendship in the face of terminal cancer. Want to read more blog posts? Visit the blog archive. You can also subscribe to this blog to receive updates of new posts by email. Or, follow me on Twitter (I just re-joined).

Giraffe” photo by Lily on Unsplash

By Jeffrey Pillow

Jeffrey Pillow is an American short story writer, memoirist, and poet. He is the author of The Lady Next Door. His writing has been published in Urge Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, 16 Blocks, USA Today, Sports Illustrated,, New York Times, Washington Post, and Richmond Times-Dispatch.

He grew up in the small town of Phenix, Virginia, population: 200, and now lives in Charlottesville with his wife, two kids, and a dog named Mozzarella Cheese. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he was a Rainey Scholar. This is his blog.

4 replies on “Dear literary agent, I wrote a children’s book—call me”

Wishing you luck! If an agent took time out to contact you, they would definitely find it worth their while!

I think I have a few good kids’ stories up my sleeve. I’m toying around with the idea of a YA (young adult) novel too. I find them more interesting reads that most adult fiction. We’ll see.

Thanks Emily. I hope so too. I really like the story, and I don’t often say that about what I write. I’m usually super critical of every single word. I feel like this one is different, so maybe someone will see it that way as well and it’ll reach a greater audience.

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