MOM SCHOOL! Interview with Ammi-Joan Paquette

To celebrate the launch of Rebecca Van Slyke’s MOM SCHOOL, we’re starting the week off with a bang. I snagged an interview with the stellar Ammi-Joan Paquette, Rebecca’s agent extraordinaire. Here we go:

Janet: Hi Joan! Since we’re celebrating Rebecca Van Slyke‘s MOM SCHOOL release, I’d like to start with how you met Rebecca.

Joan: Many of my clients come to me via referrals from one of my existing authors, or from other author friends. Rebecca actually came referred to me by three such authors: my clients Trent Reedy and Carol Brendler, and the fabulous Cynthia Leitich Smith, who knows a thing or two about talented writers. I’m so grateful to those who sent her my way!MOM SCHOOL cover

Janet: And MOM SCHOOL isn’t the first book of Rebecca’s you’ve sold, correct?

Joan: MOM SCHOOL was the first book of Rebecca’s which sold—in a two-book deal, actually; its companion title, DAD SCHOOL, is due out this time next year. Shortly after this, another of Rebecca’s picture books got a flurry of interest, and LEXIE THE WORD WRANGLER ended up selling at auction (another two-book deal!) to Nancy Paulsen Books. Another picture book, WHERE DO PANTS GO? is forthcoming from Sterling as well. Busy, busy lady!

Janet: The cover is darling, and Priscilla Burris is an ideal illustrator for the book, in my opinion. Did you have much input on the art side of the sale?

Joan: Nope, this was all the terrific team at Doubleday. I absolutely adore Priscilla Burris, and couldn’t imagine anyone better to bring these wonderful characters to life!

Janet: This is such a great concept – as a kid, I imagined my mom knew everything. Of course she would have gone to school! What’s your favorite of the charming images Rebecca conjures up for “mom study”?

Joan: You really expect me to pick just one? Impossible! I am in love with every bit of this book, from start to finish. 🙂

Janet: There’s a rumor that Rebecca’s secret dream is to become a penguin tamer. Do you have a secret dream that you’d, ahem, like to share?

Joan: I don’t know that I have any dream quite so jazzy as Rebecca’s, but if my secret future could involve an unlimited supply of buttery pastry, chocolate, and never-ending books, I’m not sure I could want for anything else.

And neither could we, especially when those books include something as delightful as MOM SCHOOL!

Find MOM SCHOOL at these retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound


Filed under Agents, Book Launch, Picture books

10 responses to “MOM SCHOOL! Interview with Ammi-Joan Paquette

  1. Fun interview, Janet. Off and running, Rebecca and Joan. What a compliment to be referred by fellow authors–three of them. There’s magic in threes. Wishing you all success.

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  2. Great interview! I love hearing the hows and whys of author/agent match ups. I’m looking forward to each and every one of Rebecca’s books!

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  3. mariagianferrari

    Mom School is a gem of a book! Congratulations, Rebecca (& Joan), and thanks for the great interview, Janet! I’m looking forward to DAD SCHOOL too 🙂


  4. Lindsey Lane

    Great Kick-off to the week!!!


  5. Linda Burns

    I cannot wait to participate in this launch of what promises to be a long and rewarding journey. Bravo Rebecca!


  6. spiritworker

    I totally know my mom went to Mom School. She had to!


  7. kevanjatt

    This is such a fun book! Can’t wait to get my hands on the actual bound book! Congratulations, Rebecca!!


  8. Sounds like a fun book!
    Interesting to hear about the match up between agent and author.


  9. These sound like fun! Can’t wait to see them all!


  10. Sheran Ramey

    I think I must have flunked out at Mom school! But I know that Rebecca is one witty lady!


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