This year 12 x 12 Little GOLDen Book members will be able to choose one of two agents to submit their manuscript to each month. John Cusick from Greenhouse Literary will be accepting picture book submissions from 12 x 12 Gold members April 1-15. Ginger Harris from Liza Royce Agency will be accepting picture book submissions from 12×12 Gold members April 16-30. John’s profile appears first, followed by Ginger’s. Please read BOTH and then decide who would be the best fit for your work.



John was a featured agent in 2013. You can find our extensive profile post on him here. More recent interviews and resources appear at the end of this profile update.

I’m so delighted to have John back for his second 12 x 12 “tour of duty.” He is so enthusiastic about the program and a real sport for taking this on immediately after the Bologna Book Fair. I sang his praises in last year’s post, so definitely give that a read too.

The most up-to-date interviews with John:



I had the pleasure of meeting Ginger at the NJ-SCBWI conference, both to pitch to her and to sit with her at lunch. I was impressed by her knowledge of and passion for picture books. She gave me phenomenal feedback on my pitches and I learned more in that one lunch than I could have done in a month of reading blog posts on writing picture books! The fact that she and her partner Liza BOTH wanted to participate in 12 x 12 (Liza as one of March’s agents) speaks volumes about their love of picture books specifically and children’s literature in general. Many thanks to Ginger for joining us this year!!

Ginger Harris and Liza Fleissig

Liza Fleissig and Ginger Harris from the Liza Royce Agency

“Ginger Harris-Dontzin, with her partner Liza Fleissig, opened the Liza Royce Agency (LRA) in early 2011. A graduate of Boston University with a BA 1984 and Nova Southeaster University, Shepard Broad Law Center Law School with a JD, Ginger brings 20 years of litigation and negotiating experience to the field.

On the children’s side of publishing, being a mother to a preschooler boy, she is interested in everything from picture books, to middle grade and young adult. LRA also has a large adult based clientele from both established authors to writers in the earlier stages of their development. Although they lean towards suspense/thriller, commercial woman’s fiction and comedy, they are open to anything that speaks to them, in the past to include historical fiction, true crime and memoirs.”

Ginger works closely with her partner Liza Fleissig, who was one of March’s featured authors, so we recommend you read her profile post too.

Articles featuring Ginger Harris:

Full submission guidelines for John and Ginger are posted in the Membership Forum. Please note Little GOLDen Book Members may only submit to ONE of these agents. Please choose the agent who is the best fit for you and your manuscript.

Submissions will only be accepted for John Cusick from April 1st – April 15th at 6pm EST/3pm PST.

Submissions will only be accepted for Ginger Harris from April 16th – April 30th at 6pm EST/3pm PST.

Good Luck!
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  1. Just so you know, the January interview with John Cusick was not by Brenda Drake

  2. Thank you Julie for encouraging such interesting agents to participate in this challenge.

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