Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, writer, and art instructor from Chicago. Her art and writing is often fanciful, connects with nature, flora, fauna, and endangered species. www.michellekogan.com, www.moreart4all.wordpress.com, www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com.
Julie Matysik at Sky Pony Press has acquired Robin Newman’s picture book No Peacocks!, about the fine-feathered trio that lives at the Cathedral School in Manhattan; Chris Ewald will illustrate. Publication is set for fall 2017; Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency negotiated the deal for both the author and the illustrator.
Julie Phend signed with Agent Jennifer Unter at The Utner Agency.
Mike Ciccotello was hired to illustrate an educational picture book published by Room to Read. The picture book, Elephant Runs, will be used as an educational tool at the Room to Read schools in South Africa, Zambia, and Zantania.http://ciccotello.com/
Zack Clark and Nick Eliopulos’s fantasy middle grade debut SEA OF STARS, set in a broken world of monsters, dwarves, and elves, where two friends are drafted into the perilous Adventurers Guild, only to discover a conspiracy that threatens to destroy the foundations of their city, was sold to Kieran Viola at Disney-Hyperion, in a significant deal, at auction, in a three-book deal, by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for Clark and Josh Adams at Adams Literary for Eliopulos (World). Zack and Nicholas are both editors at Scholastic.
Jeff Golick has joined Dover Publications as acquisitions editor, responsible for children’s books.
Simon & Schuster built on a small gain in the third quarter for a big gain in the fourth quarter that lifted full-year sales just above the previous year, by $2 million. Fourth quarter sales of $233 million were $18 million (or 8 percent) ahead of the same quarter a year ago, “driven by growth in print book sales.” Children’s books alewent up by 8 percent.