Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 18, 2012

Kudos – Children’s Books Industry

elizabetherstanton_photoElizabeth Rose Stanton has good news! She has been offered a contract for her first picture book! HENNY, a story about a young chick who is born just a little different from everyone else in the barn, and learns how to use her special gift to come into her own.

Elizabeth completed the artwork (pencil and watercolor) this past October, and the book is slated to be released early in 2014 (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books).

I asked Elizabeth about the story behind how she landed the contract. This is what she said:

Everything about it happened very quickly…I think my head is still spinning! I attended the SCBWI conference last January in New York, and participated in the portfolio show. A New York agent picked up one of my cards and phoned me about a week after I got home. We discussed my work, and what I was working on (“Henny”) and, next thing I knew, she offered me representation! Just about the time “Henny” was ready for my agent to shop, our regional (Western Washington) conference rolled around. I asked my agent if it would be a good idea for me to take the dummy to the conference and she said, go for it! Long story short, one of the conference faculty, an art director for Simon & Schuster, saw Henny, and the next thing I knew S & S had called my agent and offered me a book deal! I might add… all this was going on around the time of my Illustrator Saturday feature, and I am sure it helped with my “credibility!” 🙂 So, as you can see, I am totally an SCBWI success story! It has all been such a fun, whirlwind experience and I am really looking forward to getting another book out there 🙂

Here is a sneak peak at a piece of interior art from Henny:

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Melissa Sarver ( you might have met her at the conference in June) has joined Folio Literary Management as the co-director of international rights and will continue to represent authors in the areas of Young Adult, select literary and upmarket adult fiction, narrative non-fiction, business books and cookbooks. She was previously at The Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency.

At Little, Brown, Heather Fain has been promoted to associate publisher, in addition to her ongoing duties as marketing director.

Liz Van Doren has been promoted to editorial director, book publishing at Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press.

At Orion, Jane Sturrock has been promoted to editorial director, non-fiction.

Congratulations to all!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Elizabeth, I still hadn’t looked at your appearance on Kathy’s “Illustrator Saturday” (I have nearly a year’s worth to catch up on!) and only saw your work recently, when I asked about your avatar! How wonderful! And your other work is so beautiful, too! I loved the girl’s portrait. I’ve done them myself, but portraits have always been my least favorite artwork to do. I don’t plan on doing another! lol

    Congrats on your contract. I can’t wait to hear you announce its release date here!


    • Thank you so much, Donna Marie! Yes, portraits can be challenging–picture books are SO much more fun! Thanks reading my interview and for your kind comments 🙂


  2. What a fantastic success story! Huge congratulations and continued success!


  3. Congratulations, Elizabeth! I love reading the story how people got their agent and 1st contracts! Very cute chicks above!


  4. Hey, Tina! Thank you! I so appreciate that Kathy spreads the good word around…Hooray for Writing and Illustrating 🙂


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