Beleaguered picture book writers everyone have all heard the news that today’s picture book market is tougher than overcooked meat. Many such writers pine for a literary agent that will help them make those ever-elusive sales — myself included.  Yet, it seems more and more children’s book agents are, not surprisingly, looking primarily for middle grade and young adult authors as the PB market tightens.

Reading profile after profile of agents who are not seeking new picture book manuscripts gets discouraging, but we know that PB agents are out there.  Many real-life PB writers do, in fact, have agents.  So in order to bolster the sagging spirits of aspiring picture book writers, just in time for the holiday season, I am ripping a page out of Chuck Sambuchino’s book (of Guide to Literary Agents fame) book and launching my own “How I Got My Agent” blog series.  The difference is that my series will focus exclusively on picture book writers and how they found their agents, complete with tips for those of us still searching.

I’m very excited to announce the first author in the series: the fabulous Corey Schwartz, whose third picture book, GOLDI ROCKS, recently sold to Putnam.  Be sure to come back tomorrow to read my interview with Corey.

If you are a picture book writer with an agent or an agent with picture book writer clients and would like to be featured in this series, please email me at jhedlund33 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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  1. Oh wonderful idea, Julie!!! I’m really looking forward to that series!!

  2. Julie, I am so tickled that you are starting this blog project!

    It’s a tight market, as you said, and we could really use some
    help out here-thanks!!

  3. Beleagered PB writers, ha! Good way to describe us!

  4. Brilliant idea, Julie! I can’t wait to read them all! =D

  5. Best blog post of the day! I’m sure tomorrow’s will top it. I’m really looking forward to this!

    I also have a list of agents that represent PB authors (up in the tabs section) on my own blog.

  6. This is a great idea! I look forward to your future posts on the subject!

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