Now Marc Tyler Nobleman has written a book called 30 Minutes over Oregon. It is a World War II story about a very real, little known event. So I was pretty psyched to read and review this book when I heard about it, but it turned into a ‘not gonna happen’ situation. Why? Well, according to Marc, and, despite the fact that various children’s book editors had very positive things to say about the book, “no publisher has acquired this picture book manuscript. The most recurring reason I’m told is because nonfiction—especially nonfiction about someone who is not a household name—doesn’t sell.”
Apparently, they don’t know about Non-Fiction Monday
So, what’s a writer to do? Appeal to the book blogging world, of course. Here’s the deal:
Marc would like you to cruise on over to his website, Noblemania: the stories behind the stories I write and read the story behind 30 Minutes over Oregon in his post called Picture Book for Sale and please, please when you are done, leave a comment – but be honest. If you don’t think the book would work, say so.
And while you are reading, be sure to check out all eleven of the book covers designed by various people, from professional illustrators to kids with an interest. They are all fabulous.
|Left cover by Brad Sneed|
Right cover by Alex, age 9
You might want to swing by The Happy Accident and see what Greg Pincus has to say about all this.