PB: Author-illustrators or teams!
For some styles I like, check out the M&O team of picture book illustrators: Stacey Byer, Maribel Castells, Rachel Más Davidson, Tiffany Golden, Skylar Hogan, Dawn Masi, Sue Safianoff
Naomi Davis, Literary Agent (they/them/she/her) @NaomisLitPix#amwriting community: is anyone here both a picture book author or illustrator (or both) AND a dr.a.g performer?
Tagging with #mswl for visibility! Reach out if this describes you.
2023 #MSWL 🧵! I represent picture books through YA (+illustrators!) and in all categories I am particularly looking to represent more non-white, queer, and disabled creatives. As a white, cishet, abled woman, I truly appreciate the trust you put in me by sharing your work.
PB – I’m not really looking much for NF bios these days, as the market is so saturated, unless it somehow ties into present times (I am only looking for bios on women and/or underrepresented and diverse subjects). Author-illustrators always!
Quick note: I’m pulling back on PBs quite a bit. Last year they easily took over my query inbox (nearly ⅔ of my submissions were PBs!), and I’m hoping to balance out my list this year. I’m still open to PBs but will mostly be looking for author/illustrator projects.
The categories I’m looking for, in order of priority, are:
- YA and MG graphic novels from author-illustrators (one person)
- MG and YA prose novels
- Nonfiction for kids and teens
- Chapter books and picture books from author-illustrators (one person)
I rep everything from PB through to adult projects, both fiction and NF but see previous note about authors who write mainly PB (list is currently VERY full in that area). I also rep illustrators selectively.
This is the first time I am open to Picture Books! I am selectively looking for: whimsical and funny stories, especially those that showcase diversity. Family and friendship themes are my favorite. It's a plus if you are an author/illustrator, but not a must.
Illustrated picture books by individual author/illustrators. My picture book preference leans heavily on the “literary” side of storytelling and prose. Moving topics, poetic language, visually and emotionally striking protagonists, unique art style. #MSWL
Illustrated graphic novels and graphic nonfiction by individual author/illustrators. MG, YA, Adult. The art needs to cleverly utilize the comics storytelling format. I’m not looking at script-only submissions at the moment. #MSWL
And as an outspoken advocate for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in media, I am particularly keen to invest in the work of writers and illustrators who have historically been marginalized in American media.
Hi writer friends! I'm officially reopening to queries!
I'm especially excited about ✨children's books✨: author/illustrators, nature/STEM/nonfiction, graphic novels, and refreshing, original MG and YA.
#mswl #amquerying (1/3)
The Standard Digital @StandardKenyaKBC’s reporter piece to camera with the Jumbo turns hilarious
Video by KBC pic.twitter.com/mZMjnEFbes
I really love elephants.
If you are an illustrator with an elephant picture book, hit me up. I’d love an elephant book of an elephant living its life in wild. Not living it up in the big city Babar-style. (Also less colonialism) #mswl
-outdoors. more outdoors, always
-gutsy, silly, obnoxious kids taking center stage
-unique aspects of culture (am always open to food, but am mostly looking for non-food entry points to story right now)
-author-illustrators whose styles feel ✨cozy✨
-NF about BIPOC history!
Lisa Amstutz @LJAmstutz#amquerying writers, I am now open to queries! Please see my submission guidelines at stormliteraryagency.com/submissionguid… for a QM link. @StormLiterary
funny picture books by queer, BIPOC, marginalized authors that have nothing to do with identity. Give me the next CREEPY UNDERWEAR or DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS or PENGUIN PROBLEMS or LLAMA DESTROYS THE UNIVERSE
illustrators and author-illustrators
For younger readers, I want clever, funny and an immediate hook. I’m particularly interested in author/illustrators and graphic novel creators for this area, but I’d love to see them in other spaces too!