I’ve been expanding my interests as an agent from MG and YA to include books for the littler crowd. I’ve found some incredible author-illustrators whose work is so amazing I can’t even describe, and I want more.* Especially since editors who’ve seen the quality picture books I rep keep asking for them.
My tastes vary and are somewhat random and all over the place. This list will likely evolve as I think of other things that pique my interest. It’s not a catchall—I’ve fallen in love with art and styles I never would have imagined until they showed up in my inbox, so don’t be afraid to query if you’re not sure. I also love getting picture book texts, so use this as a guide to see what kinds of stories I like, even if you can’t illustrate.*
A visual collections of illustration styles and picture books I’d love to see:
John Scieska/Lane Smith
(one of my author-illustrators; Fox Hunt forthcoming from Feiwel & Friends in 2016)
(often with bright colors)
Ashley Evanson (yes, she is another of my author-illustrators)
Jon Stone/Mike Smollin
Neil Gaiman/Dave McKean
Pop Surrealism (Lowbrow)
[See also: Edward Gorey, above]
Emily the Strange (Rob Reger)
Ruby Gloom series
Art Nouveau/Art Deco
Not so much:
Perhaps I should note some of the kinds of picture books I’m NOT interested in.
- holiday stories (if it’s spooky but not tied directly to Halloween, I’ll allow it)
- trying to teach a moral or lesson
- sappy or overly cheesy (clever, yes; cheesy, no)
- rhyming (very rarely do I like rhyming picture books)
- imitating Dr Seuss (no one will ever do it as well as him, so don’t try)
*We won’t discuss my jealousy that some people can both write and illustrate. I’ll stick to my coloring books for now. (No, seriously. Johanna Basford’s Enchanted Forest is my current obsession.)
NOTE: The comment section of this post is NOT the place to pitch me your picture book. Instead, refer to my query guidelines.
ALSO NOTE: I don’t rep most of the books listed here; they’re simply used as examples of what I’d like to see.