Picture Book Party Spring 2020
PB Party Entry 10: Ashe on the Outside, Diverse, Character Driven
Ashe on the Outside
Diverse, Character Driven
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Dear M&M Incorporated,

It’s my understanding you are looking for more diversity in picture books. Please consider ASHE ON THE OUTSIDE.

What’s it like to be born a boy but feel like a girl? For six-year old Ashe, he hides behind his curly cues. But when he finally confesses to his sister he whirls and twirls in a swirl of pink and sparkle only to discover who’s on the inside matters the most.

Most recently, I was honored with a 2019 #PBChat Mentorship. I’m a SCBWI Member participating in conferences and writing workshops. And in addition, I was awarded a one-year diversity scholarship with 12×12. I’m actively engaged with two critique groups.

I have 25 picture book manuscripts at various stage of development with five that are submission ready.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Ashe snuck into his sister’s bedroom.
He tried on a dress. The one with his favorite color.
He gazed into the mirror. “Beautiful!”
He whirled and twirled in a swirl of sparkle and violet.
“Ashe!” cried Maya. “Why are you wearing my dress?”
Ashe froze ballerina straight. “It feels good.”
“But you’re a boy!”
“Only on the outside,” said Ashe.

  • This is great! I would love to see more! Can you send your query and picture book manuscript in the body of the email to querylynnette (at) theseymouragency (dot) com? Please put PBParty and the title of your story in the subject line. #ExcitedToRead

    • Hi Lynnette,

      Thank you for your interest in my story. I’m honored.

      I’m dealing with a family issue, but will be sending it your way in the next few days.

      All my best,

  • Secret Agent 1616 swooped in and would love to see your manuscript. Please send it to me ( and I’ll forward it to her. She’s amazing, editorial and I’m happy dancing that you might have the chance to work with her. Congratulations!!!!

    • Matt Tesoriero says:

      Dear Mindy,

      I love it when agents “swoop!’

      I’m excited and honored and will be sending it your way in the next couple of days.

      Thank you for the opportunity.

      All my best,

  • I’m intrigued with this premise, which is close to my heart and family experience. Please send the full to – put “PB Request” in the subject line. An attachment for this submission is fine. Thank you for sharing that you have other manuscripts available. That is important to me, if and when, I move to the next step. Thank you!

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This contest entry was posted on Wednesday, 18 March 2020.