Thursday, October 3, 2019

3 Agents Seeking Children's Books: Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult

Updated 11/9/20

Here are three literary agents actively building their client lists. All work with reputable literary agencies with solid track records. These agents are seeking children's literature, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult in all genres.

Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists.

You can find a full list of agents actively seeking new clients here: Agents Seeking Clients

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Ms. Christy Ewers of The CAT Agency Inc.

Christy Ewers is the new owner and lead representative of the CAT agency. Christy has been working in the children's literature industry since her mother started the agency in 1994, and joined as an agent in 2013. Although Christy is not an artist herself, art has been a huge part of her life and career, even before joining the agency. With a degree in English/Journalism and over a decade of experience in various creative fields, Christy offers a different perspective to the agency, while maintaining the enthusiasm and love that her mother brings to the industry. She works closely with the entire “family” of artists, spearheading the promotion and deals for CAT Agency illustrators, as well as working alongside the authors in the group to help craft their stories and hone their writing for young readers.  

What she is seeking: Author illustrators, and children's book authors.

How to submit: Illustrators: please submit your artwork via email to christy@catagencyinc.com by sending 4-6 jpegs of samples, a live link to your website and a short letter of introduction. Please send work that shows character development (animal and human), style, color and narrative story-telling. Author/Illustrators: please email a brief synopsis of your manuscript, along with several accompanying illustrations or samples of your artwork.

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Ms. Kelsey Klosterman of Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency

Kelsey holds a certificate in publishing from the Columbia Publishing Course, and graduated from Emory University with high honors in English and creative writing.

What she is seeking: I’m an editorial-style agent looking primarily for young adult (YA) fiction, middle grade (MG) fiction, and graphic novels in the YA and MG spaces, though I'll take on a picture book if it's really something special! I’m also on the hunt for some good new adult (NA) fiction. My preferred areas for all the above age groups are fantasy of all types, contemporary fiction, magical realism, speculative fiction, and genre-benders. I’m open to suspense, thrillers, and mild horror in YA and MG spaces. In addition to authors, I’m also looking for illustrators

How to submit: Please send your submission to querykelsey@sheedylit.com with “query” and the title of your book in the subject line. Include your query letter and the first one or two chapters pasted in the email—no attachments unless it’s an illustration sample, please! Include the word count, genre, target audience, your writing / publishing creds if applicable, whether you’ve had agent representation before, and whether the book is meant to be a standalone or part of a series.

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Nicole Tugeau of Tugeau2, Inc.

Nicole Tugeau is the agent/owner behind the T2 Team. She is ecstatic about the ever-growing agency and committed to working happily for the network of illustrators surrounding her. What she enjoys most about being an Agent is the partnership-making, the relationships and of course the success stories.  Nicole's husband, Jeremy, is a long-time children’s illustrator. He continues to work as an artist and public school art teacher while maintaining some involvement with Tugeau 2, Inc. as a creative resource and promotional guru.

What she is seeking: Author illustrators, and children's book authors.

How to submit: Please send an email introducing yourself, along with five samples of your work and/or a link to your personal website.


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