I was fortunate enough to have spent a delightful evening last June with this month’s featured agent, John Cusick, at the NJ-SCBWI conference faculty dinner. I always find it fascinating when an agent is also a gifted writer (Girl Parts), so we talked about how he strikes the balance between the two. We also talked about Greenhouse Literary’s semi-recent (several months old now) decision to begin taking picture book submissions. John made it clear that he loves the genre and is looking forward to signing some amazing PB authors. YAY for us!
AND John’s next book is coming out this month! Cherry Money Baby releases on September 10th. So here is your chance to SHOW (rather than tell) your thanks to John for being our featured September 12 x 12 agent by buying his book! Many thanks, once again, to John for taking submissions from 12 x 12 participants this month.
A little bit about john from the Greenhouse Literary website:
John Cusick joined Greenhouse in January 2013 after several years with a small New York agency, where he began as an assistant and rose to be an agent with a fast-developing client list. As well as being a YA author in his own right, John is a sought-after speaker on writing, both at writers’ conferences and via webinars.
What John is seeking: Fiction by North American authors, from Picture Books and Middle Grade through Young Adult. When I asked John what kind of picture books he looks for, this is what he said:
“I’m seeking authors and author/illustrators. I like punchy, funny picture books with great characters. Story is very important to me, so I’m also looking for strong plot arcs with conflict and surprising endings. For word-count, I’m seeking projects under 800 words.”
Lucky for you, if you want to find out more, you can visit John’s blog.
John has done much of this month’s work for us by so kindly listing his past interviews here: http://johnmcusick.wordpress.com/interviews/
Find John on Twitter
John’s author profile on Goodreads
John’s author profile on Teenreads
John’s author page on Amazon (He has a short story available for free on Kindle.)
Find John on Figment
John is part of the team that publishes literary magazine Armchair/Shotgun
Questions Every Writer Should Be Asking on Lit Reactor
Author Rahul Kanakia explains how John Cusick became his agent on his blog
Writer Grace Makely shares feedback from John Cusick
As of 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4, GOLD members of 12 x 12 are free to submit to John Cusick.Categories: 12 x 12, Agents, Authors, Books, Children's Books, Picture Books, Publishing, Queries, Writing · Tags: 12 x 12, Agents, Author, Authors, Books, Children's Books, Digital Publishing, Greenhouse Literary, John Cusick, Julie Hedlund, Picture Books, Publishing, Queries, Social Media, Writer, Writing