Posted in PB, So Many Good Books

A Day So Gray

Perfect Picture Book Friday

You know a book is good when you keep thinking about it. A Day So Gray (Clarion Books, 2019) by Marie Lamba and illustrated by Alea Marley is so appealing. It’s a day brightening book.

One little girl says, “this day is so gray” and her friend disagrees. She explains the other colors she sees. Through “blah brown,” “boring snow,” “bad luck black cat” and “I don’t like orange,” the first girl is convinced to see more.

Marie is an author and an agent (and a really nice person). You can read about her here and read about her books here. And if you want to know about her agenting, go here.

I love illustrator Alea Marley’s work–and not just in this book. Look at some of her other projects here. And read about her here where you’ll see she has lots of upcoming books.

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Posted in Market Prep, The Nitty Gritty of Children's Writing

Agents Telling What They Want

SI ExifIt’s not a secret. Agents tell what they are interested in. They tell at conferences, on sites such as querytracker and publishers marketplace, their agency websites, on blogs, and even on twitter chats such as #askagent. Here’s a collection of recent “what agents want” for you.
Amanda Luedeke with MacGregor Literary was interviewed by Janet Fogg on the Chiseled in Rock blog on April 9th.
Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Agency was interviewed by Authoress on her Miss Snark’s First Victim blog on April 12th. Did you know she’s an author, too?
During an #askagent on March 20, 2012 Bree Ogden at D4EO Literary Agency (@breeogden) replied to a question with this: “I rep children’s, YA, graphic novels & art books. I prefer dark and realistic NO paranormal.”
Erzsi Deàk of HEN & ink was interviewed here by Nicky Schmidt in midFebruary 2012.
Marie Lamba, an assistant agent at the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency was interviewed in early February 2012 by Tori Bond.
Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour Agency was interviewed in early February by Melissa Landers.
Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary does so with an early February 2012 post: The things I see (and don’t see) and it has some good book recommendations, too.
Agent Susan Hawk Talks Picture Books – this is an interview done by Heather Ayris Burnell’s blog on February 21, 2012.  AND on her blog Susan shares her novel wish list. Susan is with The Bent Agency.
Do you have any agent sightings to share? Feel free to use the comment box.

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