Tricia Lawrence of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency (EMLA) will be accepting picture book submissions from 12 x 12 members in March.
I have never met Tricia in person, but that will soon change because she will be in both Bologna AND NJ-SCBWI! I will say that I’ve been impressed with her thoughtfulness and responses in every email exchange I’ve had with her. Plus, when she started at EMLA it was as a social media strategist – how cool is that? I’m sure her clients benefit tremendously from having an agent with marketing and promotion know-how.
Prior to joining EMLA, Tricia spent 17 years of working as a developmental and production-based copyeditor (from kids book to college textbooks).
As an associate-agent at EMLA, Tricia looks for picture books that “look at the world in a unique and unusual way, with characters that are alive both on and off the page.” When I asked her to share any insights into what she is looking for in PBs these days, this is what she said:
“With PB manuscripts, I am looking for an experience, all the questions I have are positive, not coming from confusion, but from “Oh, I love this; can I have more?” A really strong voice is a huge plus. What Anastasia Suen calls “picture writing” so that you can read it and then see it in both pictures and words, without massive and painful effort.
Not very specific, but I’m really looking for something amazing (isn’t everybody!) with strong character, specific word choice, playful or sweet, with that wonderful hook that takes me in an unexpected turn.”
Full submission guidelines and requirements for Tricia will be posted in the Submission Station section of the 12 x 12 Membership Forum, accessible to Little GOLDen Book members
by 2:00 p.m. EST on February 28. In the meantime, here are some links with more information about Tricia.
Categories: 12 x 12
, Picture Books
, Social Media
· Tags: 12 x 12 Featured Agent
, Erin Murphy Literary Agency
, Julie Hedlund
, Tricia Lawrence