Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Lalena Fisher, who has signed a deal for her debut picture book, Friends Beyond Measure! Lalena, who creates infographics for the New York Times, has applied her expertise in this form to devise an innovative picture book. According to the Publishers Weekly announcement, it “tells a friendship story about loss and long-distance connection through the language of infographics.” Tamar Mays at HarperCollins bought world rights to the book; the deal was brokered by agent Lara Perkins at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
Lalena’s pathway to this publishing deal started out with a different book altogether. “While my wonderful agent Lara and I were focusing on a different book dummy, someone who had noticed my experience in data visualization asked if I might consider creating a book with infographics for kids,” Lalena says. “I wondered if I could come up with something different from what I saw on the market already. I found mostly nonfiction books in a digital graphic style. Instead, what if I worked them into a story as a kid might tell it? Could charts and graphs help convey an emotional arc? This seemed like an interesting challenge.
Friends Beyond Measure is scheduled for publication in 2023.