Monday, November 23, 2015

Ask the Agent!

From 11AM to 4PM ET I am taking your questions about the industry, what an Agent does etc. etc. Please see my last post below for all the details!

Please ask your questions in the comments section of this post.

I look forward to answering your questions!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ask the Agent 11/23!

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've posted so I thought I'd start with an "Ask the Agent" post!

On Monday 11/23, I will be accepting questions relating to what an Agent does, questions about the industry itself, questions about different genres, craft, the Author/Agent relationship, my agenting style, my agency, the querying process  etc.

Please do not use this space to ask me if I read or received your query. I have a page about my submissions policy on this blog and I also regularly update where I am with queries here as well (the column to the right on the main page).

Please also do not use this space as a place to pitch me!

Remember I am a children's agent so please keep your questions within the realm of children's books! Thanks :)

I will create a new post on Monday which will be open to your questions from 11 AM Eastern Time (ET) to 4 PM Eastern Time (ET) [8AM- 1PM Pacific Time (PT)].

I look forward to answering your questions!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Giveaway: Freddie and Gingersnap Find a Cloud to Keep by Vincent X. Kirsch

I'm excited to be announcing my first ever giveaway! 4 winners will receive one (1) copy of Vincent Kirsch's second book in the Freddie & Gingersnap series: Freddie & Gingersnap Find a Cloud to Keep and one (1) lucky Grand Prize winner will get one (1) copy of both books in the series: Freddie & Gingersnap and Freddie & Gingersnap Find a Cloud to Keep! The giveaway will run from 12am ET 1/23 to 12am ET 1/30! 

Thank you to Disney Publishing Worldwide for providing the copies to giveaway!

About Vincent X. Kirsch:

VINCENT X. KIRSCH is an author and illustrator living in Los Angeles. He spent over thirty years in New York City before heading for the sunny side of the country. Before he happened into picture books, Vincent kept busy doing things such as working as a stockboy at the original Dean & Deluca (he later became the visual merchandiser, overseeing everything visual for all stores around the world), serving as the print art director at Showtime, designing Broadway posters, designing windows and displays for Bergdorf Goodman, and illustrating book jackets, to name a few. Then… one day, out of the blue, an editor called from BloomsburyUSA Children’s Books and asked if he was interested in doing picture books. His answer was “Yes! Very interested!!”

Website@VincenzoXKirsch  | Goodreads

Freddie & Gingersnap Meet a Cloud to Keep (Disney, Jan. 2015):
Freddie and Gingersnap meet a cloud. It's a peculiar cloud. It sings a song. It asks questions. It knows magic. And Freddie wants to keep it. . .but Gingersnap knows you can't keep a cloud. Or could you?

Enjoy this winsome reminder that sometimes the best and only place to keep something wonderful is in the heart.

Freddie & Gingersnap (Disney, Jan. 2014):
Freddie is a little dinosaur that wants more than anything to know what clouds are like. Gingersnap is a little dragon that wishes more than anything to fly. When Gingersnap in a failed first attempt at flight falls right on top of Freddie, the two glare at each other. Then they growl and hiss at each other. But when their individual howls and stomps find a common rhythm, their attempts at aggression transform into a dance of friendship and brings each of them that much closer to realizing his or her dream.

"Young listeners are sure to enjoy the text’s vivid aural language and the Little Shop of Horrors–style illustrations...This makes a good story hour choice, with lots of potential for creative drama." --Booklist

"This stylish tale of an unlikely friendship has an infectious rhythm."--School Library Journal

If you missed Vincent's interview on the McIntosh & Otis blog check it out here!
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

BIRD & DIZ, Illustrated by Ed Young, Receives Starred Reviews

BIRD & DIZ, a picture book homage to music legends Dizzie Gillespie and Charlier Parker written by Gary Golio and illustrated by Ed Young, has received two starred reviewsPublishers Weekly notes, “scribbles of pink, orange, and blue correspond to bursts of bright notes…the book’s language and images are every bit as vibrant as the music they celebrate.” Meanwhile, School Library Journal praised the “amusing…frolicking” illustrations of “the ever-experimental Young.” BIRD & DIZ is available from Candlewick Press March 10th, 2015. Congrats, Ed! 

About the book:

An award-winning author and a Caldecott Medalist improvise a playful tribute to the creators of bebop—Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

When sax player Charlie "Bird" Parker and trumpeter John "Dizzy" Gillespie make music together, they toss notes back and forth like a game of tag and chase each other with sounds. As Dizzy’s cheeks puff out like a frog with glasses, the two friends beep and bop and push each other to create a new kind of music—a thrilling fast jazz full of surprises. Blending a playful, rhythmic narration with expressive illustrations as fluid and dynamic as their subjects, this tribute to the masters of bebop by acclaimed biographer Gary Golio and beloved artist Ed Young will have readers hankering to listen for themselves.  

About the author and illustrator:

Ed Young is the illustrator of more than eighty books for children, seventeen of which he has also written. Among his books is the Caldecott Medal winner Lon Po Po, which he both wrote and illustrated. He says that his work is inspired by the philosophy of Chinese painting. He lives in Westchester County, New York.

Gary Golio is the author of several best-selling and award-winning musical picture-book biographies, includingJimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow, When Bob Met Woody, and Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey. Gary Golio lives in Hudson Valley, New York.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Jim Aylesworth’s My Grandfather’s Coat Published to Three Starred Reviews

My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Aylesworth (illustrated by Barbara McClintock) was published October 21, 2014 to starred reviews from KirkusBooklist, and Publishers Weekly and was named one of PW's Best Children's Books of the Year! 

Based on the Yiddish folk song, “I Had A Little Overcoat,” My Grandfather’s Coat tells the story of an immigrant man’s beloved coat as it is passed down through multiple generations. Kirkus called the picture book “sweet and tender and joyful,” while Publishers Weekly said, “Warmth emanates from this thoughtful book, which deserves to become a multi-generational family favorite.”

Also, check out this nice review from The New York Times: 

PW's Best Children's Books of 2014:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Starred Reviews for Gingerbread for Liberty!

Gingerbread for Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution, written by Mara Rockliff and illustrated by (my client, the wonderful) Vincent X. Kirsch, and due for release in January 2015, has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. The nonfiction picture book tells the tale of the extraordinary baking talent of Christopher Ludwick and how he used his cookies to help General George Washington and his American troops.  School Library Journal notes that this book gives a “fresh look” on the American Revolution with its “accessible” dialogue-laden text and “charming illustrations.” Publishers Weekly said, the story “celebrates an unheralded historical figure, reinforces the value of creatively employing one’s skills, and reminds readers that heroes can be found in surprising places.” Congrats Vincent! ( Twitter: @VincenzoXKirsch

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Picture book presentation SCBWI Carolinas

As promised to those who went to my presentation on picture books at the SCBWI Carolinas conference, I am including some of the info from my talk here. I was going to put my entire Power Point up, but I worry about people distributing it and it's really just meant for the people who attended to get anything they missed. I figured this would mostly be all the links at the end, since the rest of the slides didn't have tons of text. 

If you attended and missed anything else, please write me in the comments section.

Picture book set-up:

Making a dummy: 

My last slide (Questions and Closing):

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