Agent-Author Interview: Abigail Samoun of Red Fox Literary

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Abigail Samoun is an agent, author and former editor with a distinguished career in children’s publishing. After meeting her in person at the Austin SCBWI Picture Book Retreat last fall, I had to share her insights with Cynsations readers.

You’re a writer, an agent and a former editor. How did you come to literature for young readers?

Continue Reading Agent-Author Interview: Abigail Samoun of Red Fox Literary »

Agent-Author Interview: Jacqueline Lipton – New Agent at Storm Literary Agency & Author of an Upcoming Legal Handbook for Writers

By Robin Galbraith

I’m excited to share Jacqueline Lipton‘s journey from lawyer to children’s writer to lliterary agent.

How and why did you become an agent?

I’ve been interested in agenting for a long time, after someone suggested it to me many years ago as a way to merge my interests in law and business with my interests in writing and publishing.

Continue Reading Agent-Author Interview: Jacqueline Lipton – New Agent at Storm Literary Agency & Author of an Upcoming Legal Handbook for Writers »

Guest Post: Lindsey Lane on Reframing the Reality of Books Going Out of Print, Part 3: The Agent Perspective

By Lindsey Lane

When an author or an illustrator gets the news that their book is going out of print (OP) or out of stock (OS), it is a blow. A tragedy. It feels like a death in the family. After all, a book is a creation, something that sprang from our imaginations, our hearts and our intellects.

Except…

Publishing is a business and a book going OP or OS is part its life cycle.

Continue Reading Guest Post: Lindsey Lane on Reframing the Reality of Books Going Out of Print, Part 3: The Agent Perspective »

Guest Post: Agent-Author Tracy Marchini on Page Turns in Picture Books

By Tracy Marchini

I’ve been thinking a lot about page turns in picture books recently, and all of the amazing things they can do, including:

  • Show the passage of time 
  • Create humor 
  • Dictate pacing 

Show the passage of time 

Using page turns to show the passage of time is probably the usage that everybody is familiar with.

Continue Reading Guest Post: Agent-Author Tracy Marchini on Page Turns in Picture Books »

Guest Post: Author Deborah Lytton & Agent Stacey Glick on Middle Grade Series Proposals

By Deborah Lytton

Thanks to Gayleen and Cyn for having us on Cynsations. It’s always such a pleasure to be here!

Today, I have asked my agent and friend, Stacey Glick to join me to discuss the Middle Grade series proposal.

Stacey is Vice President at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret Literary Management and has been my agent for over 12 years. Continue Reading Guest Post: Author Deborah Lytton & Agent Stacey Glick on Middle Grade Series Proposals »

2017 Europolitan Con: Agent Penny Holroyde & Author-Illustrator Chris Mould

By Catherine Coe

Note: This is the final installment of our series focusing on the SCBWI Europolitan Conference. Author Catherine Coe interviewed agent Penny Holroyde and her client author-illustrator Chris Mould.

Agent Penny Holroyde started her career in publishing over twenty years ago working in the rights department at Walker Books and selling picture book co-editions across the world.

Continue Reading 2017 Europolitan Con: Agent Penny Holroyde & Author-Illustrator Chris Mould »

2017 SCBWI Europolitan Con: Agent Gemma Cooper & Author Robin Stevens

Agent Gemma Cooper

By Melanie Rook Welfing



Note: Gemma Cooper and Robin Stevens were interviewed by SCBWI Netherlands Regional Advisor Melanie Rook Welfing for the upcoming SCBWI Europolitan conference. This is the second in a series of six articles.

Gemma Cooper started her publishing career in New York, then spent several years working in London,

Continue Reading 2017 SCBWI Europolitan Con: Agent Gemma Cooper & Author Robin Stevens »

Guest Post: Traci Sorell on Signing with a Literary Agent

Kansas State U. Powwow with son Carlos & cousin Matthew Lester (senior)

By Traci Sorell

I had no idea how beneficial an agent could be when I attended my first SCBWI conference in October 2013.

I quickly realized how much about the industry I did not know.

I began to network with other children’s writers, especially fellow Native Americans, and when it came time to look for an agent,

Continue Reading Guest Post: Traci Sorell on Signing with a Literary Agent »

In Memory: George M. Nicholson

Acquired Rights from Harper.

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

George McHugh Nicholson, 1937-1950 by Shannon Maughan from The Horn Book. Peek: “Esteemed literary agent and innovative publishing executive George Nicholson…died February 3 in New York City.”

Remembering George McHugh Nicholson from Children’s Book Council. Peek:

“Soon after Nicholson moved to New York City in 1959, he took on a position with friend Albert Leventhal,

Continue Reading In Memory: George M. Nicholson »

Novel Secrets Series: Interview with Agent Rebecca Sherman of Writers House

Rebecca Sherman is a literary agent at Writers House in New York.

What were you like as a young reader? What were your favorite books?

Apparently, my mother left board books for me in my crib and would walk into my room in the morning to find me “reading.” I learned about colors, shapes, numbers and letters with Richard Scary books. I loved to read,

Continue Reading Novel Secrets Series: Interview with Agent Rebecca Sherman of Writers House »