Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 12, 2014

Wernick & Pratt – Agent Looking


This illustration was sent in by Randy Gallegos. “Alieis” is a 4×6′ oil painting, his largest to date. Though it has already been licensed by Plansponsor Magazine and the Science Fiction Book Club for reprint, he is super excited about this other project that the painting is involved in. He created a  full-length video demonstration of the making of this canvas. The video lets you watch Randy work on the painting above and is very detailed.

The regular price is $19.99, but it is available for the next month for as little as $.99. With all the talent that Randy possesses, I thought this was a no-brainer and purchased it a few hours ago. It is great. I am sure any illustrator will find it very worthwhile to watch and pick up a tips or two. I, also, know there are a lot of authors who enjoy reading Illustrator Saturday and love to read about the process. I’m that for $.99 you may find it fascinating.  


The video is available here

Randy was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Here is the link:


Marcia Wernick and Linda Pratt both were agents at the Sheldon Fogleman Agency and open Wernick & Pratt Agency in January 2011. It was very exciting when they started their own Agency, since both are very respected in the industry and they were bringing so much expertise to their new endeavor. Then I was surfing the web and read that Emily Mitchell joined Wernick & Pratt, so now there are three very experienced agents under one digital roof. Had to make sure you knew about this. Just remember if you submitted to Marcia or Linda, and were turned down, do not send the same thing to Emily. A rejection from one is a rejection from all.

Emily Mitchell lives in Massachusetts because of Anastasia Krupnik: after reading the eponymous classic dozens of times as a child, she got it in her head that going to college in Massachusetts was something she should do, so she did. Emily began her career at Sheldon Fogelman Agency, handling submissions, subsidiary rights, and coffee. She then spent eleven years at Charlesbridge Publishing as senior editor, contracts manager, and director of corporate strategy. At Charlesbridge her books included A Mother’s Journey by Sandra Markle, illustrated by Alan Marks (a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book); Music Was IT: Young Leonard Bernstein by Susan Goldman Rubin (a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction finalist and winner of the Sydney Taylor Jewish Book Award); the Aggie and Ben series of early readers by Lori Ries, illustrated by Frank W. Dormer; and Flying the Dragon, a debut middle-grade novel by Natalie Dias Lorenzi. After a brief post-MBA stint in the non-publishing world, Emily is thrilled to be back where she belongs in children’s books. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard, a master’s in secondary English education from Syracuse, and an MBA from Babson. She lives outside Boston with her husband, daughter, and son—known to her legions of social-media fans as Cabana Boy, La Munch, and the Boy, respectively.

Emily is accepting new clients in all genres for children.        

A LIITLE INSIGHT: This is a tweet Emily wrote on Feb. 3rd. “If you have two typos on your first page (esp. homophone-y ones that spellcheck won’t catch), you have lost me.” @emilyreads

Warnick & Pratt Agency Submission Guidelines

We are most interested in the following:

  • people who both write and illustrate in the picture book genre;
  • humorous young chapter books with strong voice, and which are unique and compelling;
  • middle grade/YA novels, both literary and commercial.

We are not interested in the following:

  • picture book manuscripts of more than 750 words, or mood pieces;
  • work specifically targeted to the educational market;
  • fiction about the American Revolution, Civil War, or World War II unless it is told from a unique perspective.

We receive hundreds of submissions each month, and while we would like to respond to every submission received, we unfortunately cannot reply to each one. Submissions will only be responded to if we are interested in them. If you do not hear from us within six (6) weeks of your submission, it should be considered declined. If you would like to request confirmation of receipt, please use the request-receipt function when e-mailing your initial submission to receive an automatically generated response confirming receipt. We will not confirm receipt of submissions unless we have requested additional material.

We are accepting submissions via email only. If you are interested in submitting, please follow these guidelines:

  • Please send us your contact information, including your email address, your mailing address, and your telephone number. Please indicate if you were referred to us, and if so, by whom.
  • Please indicate if this is an exclusive or non-exclusive submission. We prefer exclusive submissions for at least one month, but it is not a requirement for submission.
  • Please include your background, including any publishing history, and if you have any other work available for consideration.
  • If you are a novelist, please send as an attachment the first three (3) chapters of the work and a very brief synopsis; please do not submit the entire work or include chapters from more than one work unless specifically requested.
  • If you are a picture book writer, please send as an attachment two (2) different manuscripts; please do not submit any additional manuscripts unless specifically requested.
  • If you are an illustrator, please send as an attachment PDF samples of your work, as well as a link to your website or to a portfolio of your work. Please do not mail any original artwork, as we do not assume any responsibility for original artwork that is submitted.
  • Please send all submissions to Please indicate if you are submitting to Marcia Wernick, Linda Pratt, or Emily Mitchell, and please do not send the same submission to all of us simultaneously. A rejection from one of us should be considered a pass from the agency. Please do not resubmit that same project to another agent. We do not accept submissions via snail mail or social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Any submissions sent this way will not be responded to.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Wow, Randy’s work is just so gorgeous. I LOVE actually watching process,especially traditional rather than digital. I’m definitely checking it out. Thanks, Kathy!


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