COVER REVEAL and GIVEAWAY with Debut Author Katie Frawley for Tabitha and Fritz Trade Places

Hi Math is Everywhere Readers,

Today is full of adventure! We have the extra special pleasure of celebratingKatie Frawley’s cover reveal for her debut picture book: Tabitha and Fritz Trade Places!

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Kaitlyn: Before we get to the big reveal, can you tell us a bit about the book?

Katie: Gladly! Tabitha is a house cat who longs for adventure. Fritz is a rain forest elephant who needs a change of scenery. The two decide a vacation home-swap is just what they need! But the grass doesn’t turn out to be greener on the other side of the world.

Kaitlyn: Sounds fantastic! What inspired this story?

Katie: It was pretty early on in my writing journey, and I was reading Ann Whitford Paul’s marvelous book, Writing Picture Books. She talks about the “What-If” exercise where you just let your imagination wander to silly and improbable scenarios to inspire story ideas. I was lying in bed, playing the “What-If” game as I dozed off, and I thought to myself, What if an elephant ended up in a city? What might he do? Where might he go? What shenanigans might he stir up? That idea really tickled me pink! So I started to think of how I would get an elephant all the way from the rain forest to the other side of the world….and the vacation home-swap idea popped into my head!

Kaitlyn: Ha! I love how this story came to be and the fact that you were tickled pink by it (another awesome picture book idea ;)). And now that everyone is hopefully super duper extra excited to find out about this home swap, let’s reveal the cover…

 

Without further ado,

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Book info: 

Pack your bags and join Tabitha and Fritz as they journey across the world to switch lives.

Tabitha the cat is tired of her easy, coddled life. An adventure across the world might spice things up! Fritz the elephant dreams of celebrating his birthday with an exciting voyage to a faraway place. So after the two connect online via Lair-bnb, they pack their bags and head across the globe to trade places. Will Fritz love the city life? Will the rain forest be all that Tabitha has hoped for? Join this adventurous pair as they find out whether the grass really is greener…on the other side of the world!

To Pre-order:

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Kaitlyn: Please tell us what you thought when you first saw this adorable cover?

Katie: What really struck me about the cover is how beautifully Laurie Stansfield incorporated both characters, their personalities, and their worlds into a single image. There is also such warmth and joy on this cover. Tabitha and Fritz are two characters intent on seeing more of this amazing world we live in. To me, this cover shouts “JOIN US, AND EXPLORE!”

Kaitlyn: Yes! It definitely shouts “JOIN US, AND EXPLORE!” I can see so much of their personalities already. Can you tell us how this book transformed since its inception? 

Katie: I think the version of the manuscript we submitted to editors was draft number 17. So my critique partners read this manuscript MANY times before I sent it to my agent. (Thanks, girls!)  And my editor, Marilyn Brigham, actually asked for a “Revise and Resubmit” before taking this to acquisitions. After it was acquired, it went through more rounds of revisions. And finally, after the art was finalized, Marilyn and I tweaked the text here and there to make sure it paired perfectly with the art. As I used to tell my high school English students, writing is never finished!

Kaitlyn: I love that you and Marilyn tweaked the text to match with the text, that is so awesome! What is your hope for this book?

Katie: I hope this book will make kids smile. I hope they’ll get lost in the art (there are TONS of adorable details hidden in the illustrations), I hope they’ll imagine adventures of their own, and I hope they will come away from the story appreciating what makes their own home special.

Kaitlyn: Those are beautiful hopes, and it sure sounds like they will get them out of this sweet book. Also, I think it’s super interesting that you do freelance professional critiquing too, can you tell us about your services?

Katie: Yes, indeed! I really enjoy the critiquing and revision process. It’s so rewarding helping other writers improve their work. I offer a range of critique services on my website (www.katiefrawley.com/critiques), from face-to-face Zoom critiques to detailed line-edits. I even offer query and pitch services. And if you follow me on Twitter (@KatieFrawley1), keep your eyes peeled for the occasional critique sale!

Kaitlyn: Wonderful! Make sure to check that out, friends! Can you give us an insider scoop, what are a few things you often give as feedback?

Katie: A common issue I see in manuscripts is writers neglecting to fully develop the internal arc. They’ll have a story jam-packed with action (that’s the external arc!), but they’ll forget to highlight the emotional growth of the character throughout the text. It’s so important to have strong internal AND external arcs to build a really well-developed main character.

Kaitlyn: Oh, that’s great insight! And I can tell, readers, that I have had a critique from Katie and WOW she gives great insight from all those angles she mentioned as well as some ideas to get you going in the right direction. Her critiques are definitely wonderful! Thank you so much for joining us today, Katie!

Katie: Thank you for having me! I can’t believe I’m finally sharing the cover of my debut picture book with the world! GAHH!!!!

Kaitlyn: This is the best, most sincere reaction. I just love it! Welcome to the world, beautiful book cover! I can’t wait until we get to talk about how excited you are when your book has it’s official book birthday next year!

 

About Katie

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Katie Frawley studied English at the University of Florida (GO GATORS!) and earned a Master’s Degree in British and American literature from Florida Atlantic University. Before having children, she had the pleasure of teaching English in high school and middle school. When not banging away on the keyboard, Katie can be found testing new recipes with her miniature sous chefs, shooing iguanas away from her garden, or reading picture books to a captive audience on the couch. Katie lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with her husband and four (almost five!) children. Website  |  Twitter

 

Giveaway time!

Do you want to win a picture book manuscript critique from a wonderful author and freelance editor?

Check out all the ways to enter a picture book manuscript critique from Katie Frawley: (each one is an extra entry):

  1. Comment on this post
  2. Share in the comments below that you added Tabitha and Fritz Trade Places to your Goodreads “Want to Read” list and/or your Amazon Wishlist
  3. Share in the comments that you pre-ordered a copy of Tabitha and Fritz Trade Places
  4. Quote retweet my tweet about this blog post on Twitter and tag three friends.

 

Thank you all for reading and sharing, and I hope you pre-order this adorable book and/or check out getting a critique from Katie and sharing her book and critique services with your writing friends!

 

Sincerely,

Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez

148 thoughts on “COVER REVEAL and GIVEAWAY with Debut Author Katie Frawley for Tabitha and Fritz Trade Places

  1. This looks great. It has such a unique and approachable theme and I’m bonkers about the art and the color palette On that awesome cover. This will definitely be on my shelf.

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    1. Hi Jonat, nice to meet you! Arenyoj an author and/or illustrator as well? The way you describe this book makes me think you might be and if love to hear more about your journey. Thanks so much for reading this post and please let me know if you preordered so I can get you more chances to win in the giveaway 😍

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  2. Really enjoyed reading this interview. Great advice Katie regarding external and internal arcs. Can’t wait to read TAFTP! Super cute…still laughing at “Lair-bnb. “

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    1. Haha Right? Best play on words! And yay I’m so glad you enjoyed it, aren’t internal arcs something we tend to feel but not fully acknowledge? This is way Katie is such a great Critiquer! Thanks for reading the blog and let us know here if you added to your wishlists or pre-ordered

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  3. What a clever idea for a PB! This is definitely going on my Goodreads “to read” list. Congrats on your cover reveal, Katie! I’ll happily promote on Twitter.

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    1. Oh, man. 17 drafts isn’t even a lot for me. I’ve done upwards of 30 on other stories. You can always crank out one more draft if you need to. Dig deep! You’ve got it in you, Susan!

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  4. This is such a cute cover. I added your book to my GoodReads account Want to Read list. And I loved your tip about being sure to add an internal arc for your characters.

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  5. You know it is a great concept when you say to yourself “Why didn’t I think of that!?!” Can’t wait to see how these two characters adapt to their new environments.

    I added the book to my Goodreads TBR/Want To Read list!

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  6. Beautiful cover! Congratulations, Katie! I’m looking forward to reading this one and marked it as “Want to read” on Goodreads. Love the idea of a home swap picture book! Thanks for the fun post, Kaitlyn!

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  7. Such an exciting time, Katie! Adorable cover…I love the color choices! I marked it on my to-read list on GR and RT’d your post on Twitter. I will be ordering a copy in the future for sure. Cheering for you!

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  8. This book sounds (and looks) amazing! Congrats Katie! I just added it on my Goodreads “Want to Read”. (And I love the idea of a red light/green light critique. Hmm…)

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  9. This looks like such an adorable book! Love the idea of trading places and the “Lair-bnb.” had me laughing. Congratulations Katie! Loved this interview and the suspense was fantastic! Wait for it…
    Going on my Goodreads!

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  10. I love the premise of your book, having not one but two characters go out of their usual habitat gives you double the opportunity for fish out of water scenes! Like a What If? squared! Internal arc is something I know I need to work on … I love the action element so much that I can sometimes neglect it so thanks for the timely remidet. Best of luck with the book and thanks for sharing this post!

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    1. I love that great PoV and the math you included in your repsonse, Joan, I think we’re going to be great friends! Thanks so much for reading! Pease let us know if you added it to a wishlist or pre-ordered to get in on the giveaway

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  11. Love the cover! I’d definitely want to hang out with those two any day. And thanks for sharing the great tips (especially about paying attention to internal arcs). Such a wonderful story to come from a simple “what if?” Thank you ladies! Can’t wait for this to be available.

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  12. This story sounds as fabulous as the cover looks! It’s on my amazon wish list and I can’t wait to read it to my class when we’re back in school!

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  13. Sounds like a great story! I love the concept of animals from different continents “house swapping” and Lair BnB makes me LOL 🙂 How fun! The cover looks great! Congratulations, Katie! We can’t wait to read!

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  14. What a fun adventure book! The title characters have their differences, and it will be so much fun to watch what happens when they switch places with each other. The cover illustration is unique and reinforces this clever story. I’ve added the book to my Goodreads “Want to read” list and happily retweeted. I’ve pre-ordered my copy on Amazon and look forward to sharing this book with others. Best of luck to you, Katie!

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