Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Please welcome our next agent!

I'd love for you all to give a warm welcome to our next agent, Ms. Terrie Wolf! 

*I figured the penguins were appropriate since it looks like CO will be stuck in winter mode through the summer months.;)

Terrie grew up on a steady diet of real-life adventure and believed until her early 30’s that days spent with explorers, treasure hunters  and other adrenaline junkies was perfectly typical. Her well-developed and insatiable curiosity led her to positions within the international media and several award-winning writing and promotions teams at venues including CBS, NBC, Penguin(UK) and Hobsons Press (Cambridge University Press). The recipient of the Emmy, Queen’s Service Award (UK), La Voz y Papel (Spain), and Young Journalist of the Year, Terrie read English Literature and Cambridge, studied Creative Writing at NYU and Journalism at CU-Denver, and will tell you she’s equally proud of the “Master of Mirth” status awarded by Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

A series of life changing events most anyone else would have labeled “accidents” brought Terrie back to her home in Colorado and after 22 months of rehab, she joined the Anita Kushen Agency in 2009 as a Foreign Rights Specialist. Shortly thereafter, she acquired and renamed the agency.  

Terrie is currently in search of your very best MG and picture/board books and believes in the necessity of well written, well presented works that touch the tender minds and hearts of young people. She especially enjoys humorous (not gross), engaging (not mean), adventurous fiction, beautifully depicted  – and illustrated - picture/board books and highly expressive and entertaining nonfiction. She’s most likely to acquire the works that hold the wonderful and elusive elements of those stories told around the campfires and fishing holes of her youth. She dares you to thrill her.

Monday, April 22, 2013

It's an agent reveal!!

I'm pleased as punch to reveal the next awesome agent in our contest, the incomparable Ms.Sarah Davies!!!

Sarah Davies founded the Greenhouse and is head of the agency.  She created the business after moving to the USA from England in 2007, following a long career as a senior UK children’s publisher.

In her publisher incarnation, Sarah worked with many high-profile writers on both sides of the Atlantic. As an agent she has shepherded many debut authors to success. She has considerable experience in contract negotiation, marketing and rights, as well as a strong understanding of digital developments. Excellent publishing contacts in both the USA and Britain, and homes in both countries, have given her an unusually transatlantic view of the children’s books industry, from both sides of the desk.

A member of AAR and SCBWI, Sarah is an experienced speaker on children’s books and creative writing and attends many writers’ and book-trade events throughout the year. She says, ‘Everything you need to know about Greenhouse is embodied in its name.’

What Sarah is seeking: Fiction by North American and UK/Commonwealth authors, from Middle Grade through Young Adult and across all genres (note: she is currently closed to debut Picturebooks but does rep PBs by clients whom she’s initially taken on for older fiction). She loves strong, hooky plots, writing that has literary quality but is also commercial, a strong/special voice, emotional heart. Loves both adventurous and classic MG, especially for girls, and has much experience in developing/selling twisty, dark crime/mystery YA thrillers.

I can hear your collective SQUEES right now, so breathe deep into the paper bag!  i can't wait to see what connections we can make for everyone!!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

First Agent Reveal!!!

I am bursting at the seams to let you know about our first agent. She's super sweet and I can't wait for you all to charm her with your work!! So without further ado, I present Ms. Danielle Smith of Foreword Literary!!! 

All right. Calm down. You, in the corner! Stop flailing! Here is a little bit about Danielle if you are new to her (trust me she is a rising star).

Danielle Smith began her agent career at Foreword Literary Agents in 2013 where she represents picture books and middle grade authors and illustrators. Her enthusiasm for children’s literature began as a young child, but grew exponentially when her own two children were born and shortly thereafter she began reviewing books at her top rated children’s book review site There’s A Book. For more than five years she’s been involved professionally with books through print and online publications such as Women’s World and Parenting Magazine, as a member of the judging panel for The Cybils awards for fiction picture books, as well as locally by serving on the board of The Central Coast Writer’s Conference.
A few of Danielle’s recent favorite children’s books include CREEPY CARROTS by Aaron Reynolds, RABBIT AND ROBOT: THE SLEEPOVER by Cece Bell, IN A GLASS GRIMMLY by Adam Gidwitz and anything Jon Klassen has had his hands in.
Danielle is currently looking for picture books, early readers and chapter books with characters that embody the true essence of what it means to be a child. She’s not afraid to represent all that this encompasses whether it be vibrant joyous stories to darker and harder to tackle subjects such as bullying, loss and death. She would also love to find a great new MG novel and/or graphic novel author/illustrator with a flair for great humor that doesn’t involve devaluing others in order to be funny. More than anything she would love to represent authors who are passionate about getting children to love reading and are able to execute that in a way that both children and parents can love.