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agent : rsherman@writershouse.com
Rebecca Sherman
Writers House, LLC
21 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10010
http://www.writershouse.com
twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rebeccagent
illustration

Writers House is a leading full-service literary agency that offers the many resources of a large company and the personal attention of a small agency. It has been my home for over fourteen years now, where I’ve built a list of dynamic and award-winning picture book illustrators and author/illustrators, as well as middle grade and young adult novelists. Further information about clients’ work can be found below (sorry if it sounds like I’m bragging…#ProudAgentMama).

I have taken on clients who came to me as children’s book veterans and others for whom I’ve sold their debut works. Now, I am actively seeking additions to my client list again. In general, I am looking for stories that meet kids where they are (not those that talk down to them or go over their heads) and that genuinely can get them laughing. More specifically:

MG: Middle grade fiction is the arrow that goes to the bull’s-eye of my heart. I’m looking for timeless stories that could become instant classics. I have a soft spot for fresh retellings and inventive folklore, fairytales, etc. I’m equally excited by contemporary stories, particularly friendship stories. Occasionally I fall for character-driven historical fiction set in seldom explored settings.
Favorite childhood MG books: THE WESTING GAME, CHARLOTTE’S WEB, THE BFG, FROM THE MIXED UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWILER, and HOLES (actually I read this last one when I was an adult). Favorite contemporary MG books: THE WEDNESDAY WARS, THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY, EMMA JEAN LAZARUS FELL OUT OF A TREE, THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA, THE REAL BOY.

YA: I’m looking for books with something to say—books that make me laugh, and characters that truly remind me of how confounding and wonderful (ridiculous! frightening! glorious!) adolescence can be. I enjoy contemporary stories of young love and growing up. I am not the right person for your high fantasy/SF submission, however I am game for a novel with fantastical elements in the world we know/urban fantasy/magical realism). Super-edgy and/or issue-driven books aren’t for me either.
Favorite contemporary YA: THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART TIME INDIAN, ELSEWHERE, STARGIRL, BLANKETS, ELEANOR & PARK, WHY WE BROKE UP, THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU BANKS.

For all fiction, I’m very much looking for highly illustrated work—not necessarily graphic novels or illustrated diaries, but projects that include inventive uses of artwork to help tell the story. Also: bonus points for manuscripts that include an ensemble of characters in which the individuals as well as the dynamics between characters are complex and fully developed.

Picture Books: I want picture books that can hold up to readings night after night. I’d love to see something that can make me laugh embarrassingly loud. I want to find the next picture book household name like Madeline or Olivia or Harold (in other words, character-driven picture books are welcome). I’m highly selective in this category, and I accept illustrators and author/illustrators only—if you’ve just written picture book text, I’m not the best match for you.
Favorite childhood picture books: THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK, MISS NELSON IS MISSING!, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, anything by Richard Scarry. Favorite contemporary picture books: OLIVIA, ME…JANE, THE INCREDIBLE BOOK-EATING BOY, ORANGE PEAR APPLE BEAR, BALLOONS OVER BROADWAY, and THE ADVENTURES OF THE DISH AND THE SPOON. To get an even better sense of my taste in artwork, feel free to visit writershouseart.com.

Please read my submission guidelines. I very much look forward to hearing from you.


years experience: 15+
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
Juvenile fiction, Children's books, Picture Books (by an author/illustrator), Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction and non-fiction
LEADING CLIENTS
Daniel Salmieri, illustrator of #1 New York Times Bestseller of Dragons Love Tacos 2 (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Grace Lin, author/illustrator of NYT Bestseller and Newbery Honor book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, National Book Award Finalist for When the Sea Turned to Silver, and Geisel Honor book LING & TING: Not Exactly the Same(Little, Brown)

Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney, author and illustrator of NYT Bestseller Sit-In (Little, Brown) and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Hand-in-Hand

Matt Phelan, author/illustrator of Scott O' Dell winner The Storm in the Barn, Around the World, and Bluffton(Candlewick)

Dan Yaccarino, author/illustrator of The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau, All the Way to America, Every Friday, Unlovable, Oswald, and more.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author/illustrator of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series (Knopf)

MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
The Doldrums Book 2: The Helmsley Curse by Nicholas Gannon
A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Best Buds Under Frogs and Untitled by Leslie Patricelli (Candlewick)
The Surprise Party and Untitled by Caroline Hadilaksono (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)
Pignic by Matt Phelan (Greenwillow Books)
Knights vs. Dinosaurs and Untitled by Matt Phelan (Greenwillow Books)
Fox and the Bike Ride and 2 Early Readers by Corey Tabor (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins)
I Want That Nut by Madeline Valentine (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix (Abrams)
Bigger! Bigger! by Leslie Patricelli (Candlewick Press)
Big Kid Bed by Leslie Patricelli (Candlewick Press)
Bubbles by Abby Cooper (FSG Books for Young Readers)
Untitled by Peternelle van Arsdale (McElderry Books)
TRex Time Machine and Untitled by Jared Chapman (Chronicle Books)
Codzilla illus. by Jared Chapman (HarperCollins Children's Books)
Hip Hop Lollipop illus. by Brian Pinkney (Schwartz & Wade)
The Great Indoors illus. by Ruth Chan (Hyperion Books)
Where is My Balloon illus. by Scott Magoon (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Duckworth, the Difficult Child illus. by Julia Sarda (Atheneum)
Rescue & Jessic illus. by Scott Magoon (Candlewick)
Your (Unofficial) Guide to Swim Lessons illus. by Madeline Valentine (Candlewick Press)
It's Your First Day of School, Busy Bus illus. by Claire Messer (Beach Lane Books/S&S)
In Your Hands illus. by Brian Pinkney (Atheneum)
Wordplay illus. by Jared Chapman (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)
A Lullaby of Summer Things illus. by Madeline Valentine (Schwartz & Wade)
City Moon illus. by Blanca Gomez (Schwartz & Wade)
Monster and Mouse Go Camping illus. by Jared Chapman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
MOST RECENT RIGHTS SALES
-For the Lunch Lady series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka: film rights to Universal Pictures, Spanish rights to Roca, Catalan rights to Grup, Portuguese rights in Portugal to Gailivro.
-For Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka: film rights to Prana Animation and MGM
-For Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli: audio rights to Tantor Media, Norwegian rights to Cappelens Forlag, German rights to edelkids, UK rights to S&S UK and ANZ rights to Penguin Australia Children's
-For Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin: Hebrew rights to Modan, Indonesian rights to PT Serambi, Turkish Rights to Altin Kitaplar, Simplified Chinese Rights to Beijing Cheerful, Thai rights to True Digital Content & Media, Portuguese rights in Brazil to Moderna, non-exclusive stage rights to Stages Theatre Co.
-For Lissy's Friends by Grace Lin: Merchandising rights to MerryMakers (doll)
-For The Siren Trilogy by Tricia Rayburn: audio to Audible, German rights to Ullstein, Polish Rights to Wydawnictwo Dolnslaskie, Italian rights to Piemme, Macedonian rights to Prosvent Delo, Brazilian rights to Verus, Turkish rights to Koleksiyon, Bulgarian rights to Egmont, Complex Chinese rights to Sharp Point Press, Russian rights to Ripol, UK rights to Faber, ANZ rights to Penguin Australia, French North American rights to Editions ADA.
-For Merits of Mischief by Tricia Rayburns writing as T.R. Burns: audio rights to Audible/Brilliance, German rights to Fischer, Italian rights to Salani, French rights to Pocket Jeunesse, Russian rights to AST.
-For Sit-In by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney: audio rights to Recorded Books
-For Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan: film rights optioned by Marti Noxon for Grady Twins, non-exclusive live stage rights optioned by Oregon Children's Theatre.
-For Scones & Sensibility by Lindsay Eland: film rights optioned
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
** email submissions should be sent to rebeccasubmissions@writershouse.com **
-All submissions must include a query letter.
-MG and YA submissions should include a sample chapter (approx 10 pages) and a synopsis.
-Please include one entire text for picture book submissions and sample illustrations or a link to an online portfolio or a dummy. I do not accept picture book texts by authors only. You must be an author/illustrator to submit picture book material.
-middle grade, YA, and adult non-fiction submissions should include a proposal.
-Email submissions should not include attachments--because viruses are scary
-Snail mail submissions must include a SASE.
-Please be patient as I consider your work. My response time varies, but my assistant or I will attend to your submission as soon as possible and respond.
-Please tell me on the query if it is a multiple submission. Please keep me informed about other agents' interest or offers for representation via email. Do not accept representation until you have given me a fair chance to extend an offer as well.
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