Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 7, 2013

Foreword Literary Agent Building List

daniellefeaturedDanielle Smith began her agent career at Foreword Literary Agents in 2013 where she represents picture books and middle grade authors and illustrators. Her enthusiasm for children’s literature began as a young child, but grew exponentially when her own two children were born and shortly thereafter she began reviewing books at her top rated children’s book review site There’s A Book. For more than five years she’s been involved professionally with books through print and online publications such as Women’s World and Parenting Magazine, as a member of the judging panel for The Cybils awards for fiction picture books, as well as locally by serving on the board of The Central Coast Writer’s Conference.

Danielle is also a writer, represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg for her middle grade novel The Protectorate. She’s a member of SCBWI and can frequently be found on Twitter talking about anything from children’s books to the BBC’s Sherlock to her own parenting woes & joys.

A few of Danielle’s recent favorite children’s books include CREEPY CARROTS by Aaron Reynolds, RABBIT AND ROBOT: THE SLEEPOVER by Cece Bell, IN A GLASS GRIMMLY by Adam Gidwitz and anything Jon Klassen has had his hands in.

Currently Looking For: picture books, early readers and chapter books with characters that embody the true essence of what it means to be a child. She’s not afraid to represent all that this encompasses whether it be vibrant joyous stories to darker and harder to tackle subjects such as bullying, loss and death. She would also love to find a great new MG novel and/or graphic novel author/illustrator with a flair for great humor that doesn’t involve devaluing others in order to be funny. More than anything she would love to represent authors who are passionate about getting children to love reading and are able to execute that in a way that both children and parents can love.

To query Danielle please email your query pitch, followed by (up to) the first 10 pages of your best completed manuscript to: All information must be in the body of the email, no attachments will be accepted. If you are submitting a picture book (no more than 1000 words please): paste in the whole text. No illustrations are required at this stage, unless you are an author/illustrator and in that case please provide a link to appropriate website/dropbox location.

Please note: Danielle is taking a break on queries until January 1st. 2014. So now is the time to get your queries ready to send after the holidays.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. LOL! I clicked on Danielle’s Twitter link and saw I’m already following her! I recognized her sweet avatar immediately 🙂

    She’s got great taste in picture books. No YA, though, huh? I love that she doesn’t like humor which devalues others for the laugh 🙂


  2. I may be wrong, but I believe Foreward Literary closed to submissions for the year on Nov. 1. I’m sure y’all will check before you send!


    • Wendy,

      You are correct. I meant to put that in before posting, but got pulled away and forgot I didn’t include that. I figured it would give everyone a heads up to get prepared to send.

      Thanks for pointing it out, so I could correct it.



  3. I saw on querytracker that Danielle is closed to queries until Jan. 1st. Is this still true?


    • Mandy,

      It is still true. I got pulled away from the post before noting that and got busy and forgot to add it. Sorry for the misstep.



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