Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 13, 2020

Agent Kelly Sonnack – Andrea Brown Literary Agency


Kelly is open to submissions in these categories:

1) graphic novels – YA, MG, and chapter book, including nonfiction and verse
2) illustration – those who are looking to write and illustrate and have a dummy to consider, as well as artists looking to illustrate other people’s manuscripts
3) novels in verse

Graphic novel creators Kelly represents include James Burks, whose graphic novel series Bird & Squirrel is in its 6th book (Graphix/Scholastic); Mike Lawrence, author-illustrator of the 3-book graphic novel series, Star Scouts (First Second/Macmillan) and an upcoming non-fiction graphic novel in the Maker Comics series called SURVIVE THE OUTDOORS (First Second/Macmillan); Sophie Escabasse, author of the upcoming graphic novel trilogy The Witches of Brooklyn (Graphic/PRH); Michelle Mee Nutter, illustrator of the upcoming graphic novel ALLERGIC written by Megan Wagner Lloyd (Graphix/Scholastic); and Jarad Greene, author-illustrator of his graphic novel debut, SCULLION (Oni Press).

Kelly also represents a number of illustrators including Joy Ang, illustrator of the Wings of Fire novels (Scholastic), the NYT bestselling THE ATLAS OBSCURA EXPLORER’S GUIDE FOR THE WORLD’S MOST ADVENTUROUS KID (Workman), the Mustache Baby picture books (Clarion/HMH), and MULAN: THE LEGEND OF THE WOMAN WARRIOR (HarperCollins); Jessika von Innerebner who is the illustrator of the Miranda and Maude chapter book series (Abrams) and whose hilarious debut as an author-illustrator, IT’S NOT ALL UNICORNS, comes out this year (Dial/PRH in the U.S. and Scholastic in Canada); Kim Smith, NYT bestselling illustrator of the Builder Brothers picture books (HarperCollins), artist for the Quirk Pop Classic picture book adaptations that include HOME ALONE and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (Quirk), and whose debut as author-illustrator, BOXITECTS (Clarion/HMH in the U.S. and HarperCollins Publishers Ltd in Canada) is upcoming; and Kimberly Gee, illustrator of THE CLASS (Beach Lane/S&S), and creator of her own author-illustrated UP, UP, UP, DOWN (Putnam/PRH) as well as MAD, MAD BEAR! and its sequel GLAD, GLAD BEAR (both Beach Lane/S&S).

Some of the fiction writers Kelly represents include poet David Elliott, whose provocative YA novels in verse BULL and VOICES have received many starred reviews (Houghton/HMH); Christine Lynn Herman, author of the haunting YA, THE DEVOURING GRAY (Disney*Hyperion) and its upcoming sequel THE DECK OF OMENS; Sharon Cameron, YA author of several novels including the NYT bestselling THE FORGETTING and her upcoming THE LIGHT IN HIDDEN PLACES (Scholastic); Court Stevens whose courageous debut YA, FAKING NORMAL (HarperCollins) was a Golden Kite Honor and Kirkus Best Book and whose newest, THE JUNE BOYS, is upcoming in 2020 (Thomas Nelson); Jessica Young, author of the several chapter book series including Haggis and Tank Unleashed illustrated by client James Burks (Branches/Scholastic), as well as the upcoming Fairylight Friends series (Acorn/Scholastic); and Gina Bellisario, author of the superhero chapter book series, Ellie Ultra, with illustrations by client Jessika von Innerebner (Capstone).

Picture book writers Kelly represents include Diane Adams, writer of the emotional TWO HANDS TO HOLD YOU and LOVE IS (both Chronicle); Alastair Heim, author of the funny books NO TOOTING AT TEA and THE GREAT PUPPY INVASION, illustrated by client Kim Smith (Clarion/HMH); and Jessica Young, author of imaginative books like MY BLUE IS HAPPY (Candlewick) and the companion books PLAY THIS BOOK and PET THIS BOOK (Bloomsbury).

Kelly spent over ten years in her childhood in Singapore. Now she lives with her family in San Diego, and is on the Advisory Board for UCSD’s certificate in Writing and Illustrating for Children. She is also a founder of the City Heights Young Writers Workshop and is a frequent speaker at conferences, including SCBWI’s national and regional conferences. She can be found talking about children’s books and being gluten free on Twitter @KSonnack.

Submissions should be emailed to http://QueryMe.Online/ksonnack

Submit to only one project to one agent at our agency at a time.

  • All authors should craft an engaging Query Letter introducing themself, and including a description of the work, previous publishing credentials (if any), and publisher submission history.
  • I am only accepting queries via Query Manager.
  • Following your Query Letter, depending on what you are submitting, include:
    • Illustrators: 2-3 illustration samples (in jpeg format), and link to online portfolio
    • Illustrators with dummy: attach a full dummy (in pdf format) that includes 1-2 color samples, and link to online portfolio
    • Novels in Verse authors (chapter books, MG, YA): first 10 pages included as a sample
    • Graphic novels: 2-3 sample page spreads attached in jpg or pdf format, as well as a summary/synopsis pasted below query, and a link to website/online portfolio
  • Please be sure to include a contact phone number as well as your email address.
  • You are free to submit to agents at other agencies at the same time, but it is a professional courtesy to let me know that yours is a multiple submission. If you receive an offer of representation from another agent, please let me know immediately so I can respond accordingly.

Talk tomorrow,


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