I’m pleased to introduce you to Susan today. Although I have not met her personally, she graciously accepted the invitation to be a 12 x 12 featured agent immediately after I sent it, and I’ve heard nothing but great things about her from clients and fellow agents.
A little bit about Susan from The Bent Agency website:
I come to TBA from Children’s Book Marketing, where I worked for over 15 years, most recently as the Marketing Director at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, and previous to that as the Library Marketing Director at Penguin Young Readers Group. I was lucky to be involved in many different books during that time ranging from Eric Carle’s Baby Bear, Baby Bear to Betsy Partridge’s This Land Was Made for You and Me, to Nancy Werlin’s Black Mirror, as well as the work of Mary E Pearson, Richard Peck and Joan Bauer.
While at Penguin, I also worked for a time in Dutton Editorial, acquiring projects for that list. My favorite part of that time was being able to read new submissions — finding something wonderful and imagining where it can go was thrilling to me then and remains so now.
I handle books for children exclusively: picture books, chapter books, middle grade and YA, fiction and non-fiction. In non-fiction I’m looking for books that relate to kid’s daily lives and their concerns with the world. In picture books, I’m looking particularly for author-illustrators, succinct but expressive texts, and characters as indelible as my childhood favorites Ferdinand, Madeline, George and Martha.
I Want My Hat Back, by Jon Klassen
Me…Jane, by Patrick McDonnell
House Held Up By Trees, by Ted Kooser
Interrupting Chicken, by David Ezra Stein
All the World, by Liz Garton Scanlon
The Hello, Goodbye Window, by Norton Juster
This Moose Belongs to Me, by Oliver Jeffers
Balloons Over Broadway, by Melissa Sweet
The Day-Glo Brothers, by Chris Barton
Show Way, by Jacqueline Woodson