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Lori Nowicki
Painted Words, Inc

Painted Words is an artist/ literary agency dedicated to bringing unique voices in children's books to the foreground. We develop author-illustrators for the children's publishing marketplace, nurturing their talents into creative projects across the media spectrum. Our goal is to provide the utmost in representation for illustrators and authors while placing a unique emphasis on developing characters, books, and licensed properties.

Painted Words’ founder, Lori Nowicki, holds a Master’s Degree in Education and worked extensively as a teacher and specialist in public schools for ten years prior to starting her agency. She has brought her background in education to the field of publishing—representing illustrators since 1992.

Juvenile fiction, Children's books
Shadra Strickland
Molly Idle
Betsy Snyder
Gene Barretta
K.G. Campbell
Vanessa Brantley Newton
Elise Gravel
Josée Masse
Michael Slack
Steve Mack
Frank Morrison
Marilyn Sadler
Eric Barclay
Eric Comstock
Coretta Scott King Award
2014 Illustrator Honor - Frank Morrison, Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
2009 John Steptoe Award for New Talent - Shadra Strickland, Bird
2005 John Steptoe Award for New Talent - Frank Morrison, Jazzy Miz Mozetta

Caledecott Honor
2014 Molly Idle, Flora and the Flamingo

Ezra Jack Keats Award
2014 New Illustrator Honor - K.G. Campbell, Tea Party Rules
2013 New Illustrator Honor - K.G. Campbell, Lester's Dreadful Sweaters
2009 New Illustrator Award - Shadra Strickland, Bird

SCBWI Golden Kite Award
2013 Best Picture Book Illustration - K.G. Campbell, Lester's Dreadful Sweaters

An artist seeking representation is encouraged to send a link to his or her website. We are currently seeking illustrators to add to our children's publishing group, specifically those who have a talent for writing. Please do not email manuscripts. If we are interested in the art style, we will request a writing sample.

All samples and unsolicited manuscripts submitted via regular mail will be returned unopened.

We are currently looking for submissions from authors in the areas of picture books, beginning readers and chapter books (ages 4-8), as well as Middle-Grade fiction (ages 9-12).

Please e-mail your submission, including both a summary and the first three chapters, to: