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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
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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: 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: 16+
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 Bestsellers Dragons Love Tacos and 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)

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

Andrea Beaty, author of New York Times Bestsellers Ada Twist, Scientist, Rosie Revere, Engineer, and Iggy Peck, Architect (Abrams)

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.

MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Scholastic)
The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix (Abrams)
T.Rex Time Machine and Untitled by Jared Chapman (Chronicle Books)
Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins)
Best Buds Under Frogs 2 by Leslie Patricelli (Candlewick)
The Surprise Party and Untitled by Caroline Hadilaksono (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)
Knights vs. Dinosaurs and Knights vs. Monsters by Matt Phelan (Greenwillow Books)
Fox the Tiger and Fox is Late by Corey Tabor (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins)
Snail Crossing by Corey Tabor (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins)
How to Plan a Party for Your Dog by Mikela Prevost
Lucy and the String and Untitled by Vanessa Roeder
Bigger! Bigger! by Leslie Patricelli (Candlewick Press)
Big Kid Bed by Leslie Patricelli (Candlewick Press)
How to Build a Best Friend by Abby Cooper (Charlesbridge)
The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale (McElderry 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)
A Lullaby of Summer Things illus. by Madeline Valentine (Schwartz & Wade)
Monster and Mouse Go Camping illus. by Jared Chapman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
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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