Dust Bunnies and Agent Blues



I wrote a children’s book. It’s called DUSTY BUNNY.


My friend Mariana Martins approached me about this idea last summer. She is an illustrator with a Bachelor of Arts in film, video and traditional animation from Columbia College. She has also served as lead designer for several ebooks and applications for Chungaboo.


I thought her idea was adorable. Given that I’m a mystery and horror writer I wasn’t sure how to approach a children’s book. She gave me the concept and I just wrote. She lives in Texas and I live in Chicago. I’m used to working with writers and illustrators electronically, but this was really a great working relationship.


After a few idea sessions the text was ready for Mariana’s creative portion. She created these lovely illustrations (see example below) with our sweet and mischievous bunny and my story had life! Once we were all done it was time to begin pitching the book.


This is my first time pitching a children’s book. I’ve pitched agents and publishers before for my novel, and it eventually landed with a fantastic independent press whose mission and values are in line with mine.


Several pitches have gone out to agents for DUSTY BUNNY and now it’s just time to wait, very patiently. I’m excited, nervous and sad. I’m excited because this is new territory for me – pitching a children’s book. I’m nervous because I’m a worrier and I’ve yet to land an agent. I am really disappointed that so many people I have seen over the years have been hired on by agents, but not me. I know I’m bright. I have the educational background to prove it. I know I can write. I’m an award winning author now, and so, I just don’t know what it is about me that has yet to land me an agent. I’m sad because I’ll be sad if we don’t get this book picked up by someone [insert sad face].


We’ll see. It’s all in the hands of the universe. I hope my children’s book gets picked up by someone. Heck, I hope that I find an agent one day. I’ve been fighting for the legitimacy that I feel an agent will present to my career. I’ve also worked very hard, and am still working very hard at writing. This is what I want to do. I wouldn’t be here writing if this is not where I wanted to be.


Dear agent, wherever you are, I hope you find me and I find you.



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Cynthia Pelayo

Cynthia (cina) Pelayo is the author of short story collection Loteria and the young adult horror novel Santa Muerte published by Post Mortem Press. Her short stories and poems have appeared in DM, Weird Year, Flashes in the Dark, SNM Horror Magazine, Seedpod, Static Movement, and more. Pelayo is the Publisher/Gravedigger of Burial Day Books and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. She is currently at work on two novels and a series of short stories and poems. You can find her on Twitter at @cinapelayo or at cinapelayo.com