Hi. Want to work together?
Ten years ago, I decided to move from writing for the business world to writing for children. As a former early childhood teacher and mom of three, I returned to my roots.
Even though I was a confident writer, I spent the first few years of that decade learning how to write effectively for this market.
It took five years, but I sold my first two books--without an agent.
Then, in addition to improving my craft, I dedicated myself to learning the ins and outs of the industry. I learned:
And why, for the love of milk and cookies, decisions take so long.
Most recently I've focused on learning about the people within the industry (this is where everything got interesting!) such as:
The bottom line? I've learned about and interacted with A LOT of editors and agents and continue to do so on a regular basis.
You might wonder about my personal experience with agents. Since 2015, I've been represented by three literary agents. Each has their own agenting model, interests, strengths, and methods for working within this crazy, wonderful world of children's books. Today, I am happily represented by Kelly Sonnack, an amazing agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency, the number 1 selling children's book agency in the US in 2017.
I'm looking forward to putting these in-the-trenches insights to work for you!