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Lisa fell in love with reading at an early age, devouring stacks of books from the library each week. While she never stopped reading, she earned degrees in Biology and Environmental Science and worked as a lab technician, outdoor educator, and small-scale farmer before returning to her first love: books.

With sixteen years of experience as an author and freelance editor, Lisa comes to Storm Literary Agency as an Associate Literary Agent. She has written more than 140 books for the educational and trade markets as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles. As an editor and mentor, she worked with writers to shape and polish their manuscripts, many of which went on to land agents or book contracts. She also edited materials for several publishing companies.

From 2011–2020, Lisa served on the board of SCBWI: Ohio North in various roles, including Assistant Regional Advisor. She also volunteered as a judge at Rate Your Story and was one of the founders of the annual NF Fest challenge. Now, she looks forward to helping clients achieve success as an agent.

Lisa lives with her family on a small farm. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, nature photography, scrapbooking and, of course, reading.

Favorite authors include Sy Montgomery, Louise Penny, Alexander McCall Smith, Wendell Berry, Michael Pollan, Madeleine L’Engle, and Agatha Christie. In the kidlit realm, some favorites are Candace Fleming, Melissa Sweet, Andrea Davis Pinckney, Cynthia Rylant, Ezra Jack Keats, Kenneth Grahame, E.B. White, Andrew Clements, and Beatrix Potter.

Please follow Lisa’s submission guidelines.

For more info, visit stormliteraryagency.com

Picture Book Spotlight Interview

Twitter: @LJAmstutz

 

Before Jemiscoe "Jem" Chambers-Black joined Andrea Brown Literary Agency in 2020, she was an assistant director for film and television. Her love for books prevailed, and she went back to school to study English Literature and creative writing in fiction and earned her MFA. She represents illustrators, picture book authors (by referral only), MG, YA, and adult authors. In picture books, she enjoys laugh-out-louds, tight rhyming, and heartfelt books that deal with family, friendships, and emotional literacy.

 

Illustrators:

  • Creators that illustrate any age group from picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and YA

 

Middle Grade:

  • Contemporary

  • Fantasy: urban fantasy, paranormal—GHOSTS! And WITCHES!

  • Horror—would love any kind

  • Graphic novels

  • Novels in verse

 

Young Adult:

  • Romance—rom com, paranormal, or contemporary

  • Contemporary

  • Fantasy

  • Mystery/Suspense

 

Adult:

  • Romance/Women’s Fiction—rom com, paranormal, and contemporary

  • Upmarket

  • Suspense/Thriller, and a cozy mystery (think Golden Girls with a dead body)

 

Jem is especially interested in stories written by marginalized voices.

For more info, visit andreabrownlit.com

Picture Book Spotlight Interview

Twitter: @Jemiscoe

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"Great River Literary" was the clear name choice for the new agency established by Mary Cummings in 2021, after thirteen years as an agent for books for children and teens at Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises.

Except in the depths of winter, nearly every evening Mary goes down to the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Paul to see the passing scene of trees and birds, barges and boats, kids and lovers - and always the play of light on the flowing water.

Mary finds great joy in helping her clients polish their stories to stand out for editors and to become books that will make a difference in kids' lives. Before becoming a literary agent, Mary was Education Director at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis where, among other accomplishments, she curated an annual festival of children's literature and selected judges for the McKnight Award from leading editors in children's publishing.


Check out my articles on my website to learn about how I work with clients; what kinds of manuscripts excite me; some mistakes I see (every day!) in query letters and in writing; and more.

For more info, visit https://www.greatriverliterary.com/

Picture Book Spotlight Interview

 

Jennifer started her career on the editorial side of publishing with Kensington Books Publishing’s Lyrical Press imprint and an internship with Entangled Publishing. She’s also worked as a freelance editor for independent authors. After an internship at a New York agency, she joined the Harvey Klinger Agency in 2020. Jennifer is currently building her list and is interested in representing picture books, chapter books, middle grade, YA, and adult fiction. 

 

She’s especially open to marginalized voices in the mentioned categories. Jennifer lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, three sons, and two dogs.

For more info, visit harveyklinger.com

Twitter: @jl_herrington

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James McGowan is an Associate Agent and Social Media Manager at BookEnds Literary Agency. He has been with BookEnds, in some capacity, since the summer of 2015. He started as an intern, and as the joke goes: they couldn't get rid of him.

James is a Staten Island native, and holds a Master's Degree in English from the College of Staten Island. He’s been a reader since his mom gave him the first A Series of Unfortunate Events book, and ordered the sequels regularly through Scholastic book orders. Though, he only recently learned he could be a writer, too...

His debut picture book, GOOD NIGHT, OPPY, launches in Fall 2021 from Boyds Mills Kane Press. When James is not reading/working/writing, he can usually be found watching an unhealthy amount of sitcoms.

For more info, visit bookendsliterary.com

Picture Book Spotlight Interview

Twitter: @jmcgowanbks   Instagram: jmcgowanbks

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Hi, my name is Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez.

I am a mom, wife, literary agent at Context Literary Agency, middle school math teacher, and picture book author.

 

I’m also the co-creator and co-host of the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest, creator and co-host of the Kidlit Fall Writing Frenzy Contest, and one of the hosts along with my critique group 6 Ladies and a MANuscript, of Kidlit Zombie Week.

 

For my literary agent wishlist and submissions information, check my Literary Submissions page.

In my free time, I love to play soccer, binge-watch shows on Hulu, and, of course, read. My favorite stories are historical fiction; short stories are my jam. I’ve recently gotten into dramas, fantasies, mysteries, and romances. And of course, I LOVE picture books! Especially when my husband, daughter, and I all cozy up and read together.

 

My blog on my website consists of my original pieces, reviews, contests, and author interviews!

For more info, visit contextlit.com

Picture Book Spotlight Interview

Twitter: @KaitlynLeann17  

Kaitlyn would love for you to check out the cover reveal posts for Old FriendsHattie Hates Hugs, and Mushroom Rain--pre-order these amazing books, please and thank you!

 
 
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Amy Stern started at the Sheldon Fogelman Agency in 2010 as an agent assistant and has spent the past five years taking on additional responsibilities while not quite believing that she gets to work with children's books as her job. After receiving degrees in English and creative writing at Bryn Mawr College and masters degrees in children's literature and library science at Simmons College, she interned at a literary agency and fell in love with the industry. In her copious spare time, she mentors writing students at Simmons's Center for the Study of Children's Literature. She is currently accepting picturebook, middle grade, and young adult submissions from authors and illustrators, particularly if the work explores underrepresented identities. She's not your best bet for a heterosexual romance or historical fiction, but is open to pretty much anything else. She has probably looked at your Tumblr.

For more info, visit sheldonfogelmanagency.com

Picture Book Spotlight Interview

Twitter: @AmyRStern

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