Danielle Smith of Foreward Literary will be accepting picture book submissions from 12 x 12 Gold members in November.

Danielle Smith - Forward LiteraryI am so excited for 12 x 12Gold members that they’ll have the opportunity to submit to Danielle. Several members have become clients of hers in the past year and are very happy. Which is not surprising. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the 2013 SCBWI LA conference and could not have been more impressed by her openness, kindness, and drive to serve her clients. I also admire the approach that Foreword Literary is taking as an agency – exploring and embracing all possibilities in publishing. As a “hybrid” author myself with an agent who is helping me navigate uncharted waters, I can speak firsthand about the value of an openminded agent.


When I asked Danielle what she is currently looking for in picture books, here is how she responded.
“I love nearly every type of picture book with the exception of books surrounding bodily functions (ie. burping, farting, pooping, etc.). It’s just not my thing. Otherwise, I’m looking for unique stories that children can relate to with strong voices and a great narrative arc. I’m open to fiction and non-fiction. Shorter is better in terms of word count and I’d prefer not to see anything over 700 words for fiction and 900 words for non-fiction.”

Thank you Danielle for contributing your time to take submissions from 12 x 12 members, and good luck everyone!

A little bit about Danielle from the Foreward Literary website:

Danielle Smith began her agent career at Foreword Literary Agents in 2013 where she represents picture books and middle grade authors and illustrators. Her enthusiasm for children’s literature began as a young child, but grew exponentially when her own two children were born and shortly thereafter she began reviewing books at her top rated children’s book review site There’s A Book. For more than five years she’s been involved professionally with books through print and online publications such as Women’s World and Parenting Magazine, as a member of the judging panel for The Cybils awards for fiction picture books, as well as locally by serving on the board of The Central Coast Writer’s Conference.

Danielle is also a writer, represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg for her middle grade novel The Protectorate. She’s a member of SCBWI and can frequently be found on Twitter talking about anything from children’s books to the BBC’s Sherlock to her own parenting woes & joys.

A few of Danielle’s recent favorite children’s books include CREEPY CARROTS by Aaron Reynolds, RABBIT AND ROBOT: THE SLEEPOVER by Cece Bell, IN A GLASS GRIMMLY by Adam Gidwitz and anything Jon Klassen has had his hands in.

Danielle is currently looking for picture books, early readers and chapter books with characters that embody the true essence of what it means to be a child. She’s not afraid to represent all that this encompasses whether it be vibrant joyous stories to darker and harder to tackle subjects such as bullying, loss and death. She would also love to find a great new MG novel and/or graphic novel author/illustrator with a flair for great humor that doesn’t involve devaluing others in order to be funny. More than anything she would love to represent authors who are passionate about getting children to love reading and are able to execute that in a way that both children and parents can love.

Full submission guidelines for Danielle will be posted in the Membership Forum October 31.

Good Luck!
Our own Julie Falatko is represented by Danielle. Read her story on my blog here and her own blog here.
Find Danielle on Twitter
Foreword Literary on Facebook
Danielle on There’s a Book review site
More about Danielle on There’s a Book
Danielle & Foreward on Publishers Marketplace
Forum discussion on Absolute Write about Foreward Literary
Agent Interview with Danielle on Creating Childhood Memories
Foreword Literary’s Debut on Goodreads
Danielle and her colleagues on Quick Brown Fox
Danielle’s profile on Regator.com
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  1. Thank you so much, Julie, for providing us with great agents to submit to. Danielle sounds like a dream. I’ll make sure to read Julie F’s post.:)
    How is Colorado? We’ve had the most incredible autumn so far…sunny almost every day (hard to believe for New England)…we are loving our new home and situation…but still have LOTS of boxes to unpack.:))

  2. Wow! Thanks for another great opportunity, Julie and Danielle. Just read a few of the links, including some of Danielle’s PB reviews. Neat to hear about which books and movies Danielle likes, too.

  3. Thanks for the article. I did submit to Danielle about a month ago… fingers crossed!

  4. Danielle,

    Being a “hybrid” author yourself, you have the wherewithal to walk side-by-side with your clients down this extremely competitive marketing path. Lucky clients!

    I enjoyed reading your book reviews and learning more abut you and Forward Literary.
    Was great to hear Turkeybird and Littlebug’s thoughts on books too! Always good to know what little readers’ think about kitlit.



  5. I follow Danielle on Twitter, and I think her two children give her an added insight into what makes a book “read-it-again” worthy!

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