Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 18, 2013

Agent Buidling List & Illustrator Opportunity

agentScreen-Shot-2013-07-01-at-3_11_54-PMChuck Sambuchino who edits the Guide to Literary Agents reported that Literary Agent, Fiona Kenshole over at Transatlantic Literary is looking to build her client list.

Here is a little bit of information about Fiona:

She brings a lifetime of passion and experience of children’s and YA books to the table: She was still just a teen when she started working in a children’s bookshop. After graduating with a Masters in English Literature from Cambridge University, she went on to spend 20 years as a senior publisher holding key positions in the UK, as Publishing Director at Oxford University Press Children’s Books, Deputy Managing Director of Hodder Children’s Books and Editorial Director at HarperCollins. Her authors have won or been nominated for every major British children’s literary award. Several have become million copy bestsellers.

Fiona was nominated for “Editor of the Year” at the British Book Awards.  Fiona has lectured widely on children’s books including at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and taught publishing to Masters degree students at Oxford Brookes University. She is herself a published author. She has organized children’s events for the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival.

She is seeking: “I am looking for all kidlit categories from picture book to YA. I’ve been a publisher in all these areas and my enthusiasm for all categories continues! For picture books, I’m especially interested in talented author/illustrators. In middle grade and chapter books, I like stories that make me laugh, or real children in magical circumstances (Savvy by Ingrid Law) and I love animal stories; In YA, above all else I look for a captivating and distinctive voice.

“I’m also happy to look at both literary and commercial fiction. I love a great piece of chick lit.

“I’m not looking for rhyming picture book texts, poetry, faith-based stories, or vampires, paranormal or sword-and-sorcery fantasy.”

How to submit: “Please send me the first three chapters plus a detailed synopsis and a biography in the body of an email. Illustrators should include one jpeg only or a dropbox link to their work. I will usually reply within 8 weeks of submission. Please let me know if the work is on submission to other agents, including other Transatlantic agents.”

Illustrators you can send Harold Underdown an illustration that is 315 pixels by 850 pixels for possible use on his facebook banner.

Here’s how it works. You’re a children’s book illustrator with a sample (published or unpublished) that will work in that W-I-D-E format. Generally, it’s best if it’s in color.

Send it to Harold attached to a FB message, as a JPG, already cropped (or not, if that’s a hassle–he can crop when posting it. But be sure that the image will work when cropped so that it will be approx. 3 times as wide as it is high). Do not send him to your website to choose something. Do not send him several to choose from. You need to do the choosing.

The image can’t have text (such as a title or interior text on it)–so if you have an interior spread you want to use, please remove that before sending.

If Harold likes it, and he won’t like everything, He’ll post it as his Cover Page for a week, and post about it on his Wall. You’ll get a little exposure, he’ll get a nice image.

ALSO: He will post other images on his Idiot’s Guide page. These should have a book, reading, or school-related theme. Seasonal is nice too. So you can offer possible images for use there too, or if he sees one that he thinks will work he’ll let you know.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Great site. Lots of useful info here. I’m sending it to several friends ans also sharing in delicious. And naturally, thanks to your effort!


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