I was fortunate enough to have a phone conversation with Jennifer, who reached out to me about participating in 12 x 12 as a featured agent. Her passion for picture books reverberated through our conversation, and she is actively looking for picture book clients. The fact that she offered to take submissions during the holiday season proves just how much! Keep in mind that the deadline for submissions this month, however, is December 15th. From my conversation and email exchanges with Jennifer, I have no doubt that any 12 x 12 member who signs with her will be in very good hands. Good luck!
When I asked Jennifer what she is currently looking for in picture books, here is how she responded.
Looking for: unique, clever, commercial fiction for ages 2-5, with strong narratives and memorable characters. I love unconventional approaches and unexpected subjects. Lately I’m particularly inspired by Julia Donaldson’s Tyrannosaurus Drip, Oliver Jeffers’ The Hueys books, anything by Lane Smith, most Mo Willems, and Jon Klassen. In illustration, my current favourites include the bold colours, clean lines and retro-futuristic feel of Frank Viva and Bob Staake, and the sketchy, whimsical lines and judicious splashes of colour used by David Roberts and Irene Luxbacher. I am not looking for anything that teaches a lesson or moral, non-fiction, historical fiction, poetry, educational work, anything that could be described as “sweet” or “traditional”.”
Thank you, Jennifer, for contributing your time to take submissions from 12 x 12 members, and good luck everyone!
A little bit about Jennifer from the Transatlantic Agency website:
“Jennifer Starkman is a literary agent on the children’s side at Transatlantic Agency. She is a former student of Ryerson University’s Publishing program, with an academic background covering such diverse areas as Anthropology, Mass Communications, Children’s Literature, and Book Indexing. An accomplished children’s book reviewer (with a particular interest in unique, offbeat picture books), Jennifer is the founder of Noodlenuts.com, which promotes early childhood literacy through book recommendations for busy parents, teachers and librarians.
Transatlantic benefits from Jennifer’s keen grasp of the best qualities in children’s literature, and from her gleeful enthusiasm for great kids’ books and the people who create them.
Jennifer brings all of this enthusiasm and expertise to her active assistance of agents within Transatlantic, as well as to her work with her own clients.”
Full submission guidelines for Jennifer are already posted in the Membership Forum. PLEASE NOTE: This is a short submission month. Submissions will only be accepted until December 15th at 6pm EST/3pm PST.