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. Danielle Smith from Red Fox Literary will be accepting picture book submissions from 12 x 12 Gold members September 1-15. Alexandra Penfold from Upstart Crow Literary will be accepting picture book submissions from 12×12 Gold members September 16-30. Danielle’s profile appears first, followed by Alexandra’s. Please read BOTH and then decide who would be the best fit for your work.
Danielle was a featured agent in 2013. She is now with Red Fox Literary and you can see her bio here. You can find our extensive profile post on her here. More recent interviews and resources appear at the end of this profile update
Every wonderful thing I said about Danielle last year remains true, and even more so! I spent some time talking with her again this year at SCBWI-LA, and once again walked away impressed with her approach, her knowledge, and her “niceness.” Perhaps that sounds strange, but Danielle is fun, funny, and human. There is no “agent aura” that separates her from the unwashed masses (i.e. us – LOL), and I love that about her. I’m so excited she’s back for another round of 12 x 12!
The most up-to-date interviews with Danielle:
- Our own Kirsti Call interviewed Danielle on Writers’ Rumpus.
- Profile on Quick Brown Fox
- Interview on Middle Grade Fiction at Middle Grade Minded
I have not only had the great pleasure of meeting Alexandra in person when she was still with Paula Wiseman, but I also had one of my greatest writerly epiphanies (to date) at her hands. I attended a picture book writing intensive she taught at the Rocky Mountain SCBWI 2011 conference. Here is the blog post I wrote summarizing what I learned. I should add, too, that I STILL look back on that session as one of the most comprehensive and helpful I’ve ever taken at a conference. I was so excited when I heard Alexandra had become one, and I’m happy for GOLD members who will get a chance to submit to her. You guys have a tough choice (as always) this month. 🙂
“Alexandra Penfold has been working in publishing for nearly a decade. Formerly an Editor at Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, she specializes in young picture books, middle-grade fiction, and young adult. Prior to becoming an editor, Alexandra was a children’s book publicist. She worked on media campaigns that appeared in USA Today, Newsweek, US News and World Report, and NPR’s All Things Considered. She’s the co-author of New York a la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple’s Best Food Trucks, and is looking to take on select lifestyle and cooking projects in addition to children’s books.”
In her own words:
“I can’t remember a time when my life wasn’t filled with books. From an early age I loved to read and write stories. I was an obsessive reader as a kid. I read everything I could get my hands on and bankrolled the public library with my allowance because I always wanted to read books one more time before I returned them. I like to say that some of my favorite people live in books.
I didn’t follow the traditional English major track, instead my concentration at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study was in Entertainment Business and Marketing, basically did a business major with lots of writing and entertainment and media classes thrown in. I rediscovered by love of children’s books through an internship in the marketing department at Simon & Schuster the summer of my junior year. I joined the team there as a publicity assistant soon thereafter and two years later, transitioned to the editorial side of things in 2005.
In the close to ten years that I spent at S&S, I had the privilege to edit award-winning picture books and novels. I look forward to continuing to champion books and their creators as an agent.”
Articles featuring Alexandra:
- Find Alexandra on the Upstart Crow Literary website here.
- Find Alexandra on Twitter
- Deconstructing characters on The Writing Barn’s blog.
- Profile on SCBWI Conference blog.
- Summary of her character class from Samantha Clark.
- Agent panel at SCBWI Conference blog.
- Faculty profile for SCBWI Western Washington here.
- Alexandra on Salon Author Connect here.
Full submission guidelines for Danielle and Alexandra 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 Danielle Smith from September 1st – September 15th at 6pm EST/3pm PST.
Submissions will only be accepted for Alexandra Penfold from September 16th – September 30th at 6pm EST/3pm PST.