Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Monster List of Picture Book Agents -- Lori Nowicki, Painted Words

Painted Words is an agency founded by Lori Nowicki in 2006. They represents many award winning books and many author/illustrators. They represent a few authors who do not illustrate as well.

You can find Lori Nowicki at Publisher's Marketplace. While it looks like she tends to focus on author/illustrators she does say, "We are currently looking for submissions from authors in the areas of picture books, beginning readers, and chapter books (ages 4-8), as well as Middle-Grade fiction (ages 9-12)."

You can find Painted Words on Facebook, on Twitter @painted_words, and on tumblr, which looks to be filled with the most content. Lori Nowicki does have a profile on Linkedin. Painted Words has a Linkedin page as well.

There is not much information about Lori Nowicki online. I have queried Lori and got a nice, personal reply from her assistant. Looking at Lori's list of clients and award winning books to me, made her an agent to definitely consider. Lori was listed as one of the top 20 picture book agents according to sales in 2013,

Be sure to peruse the entire Painted Words website to get a feel for the type of stories they represent. If you would like to submit your work to Painted Words please see their submission guidelines.


Painted Words represents Connie Schofield-Morrison & Marilyn Sadler.





This post is part of the Monster List of Picture Book Agents. If you have an additions or changes you think should be made to this listing please contact me or leave them in the comments. Thanks!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My First Ever Newsletter is Out!

Today I published my very first Writers of Childish Things Newsletter. I was sort of nervous. I see sending something directly to people's inboxes as a big responsibility and I am very humbled by those who have chosen to subscribe.

I'm starting my newsletter in a very busy month! In this first newsletter I share about the opportunities we have coming up this month for Sub It Club's 3 Year Celebrations. There are going to be some great giveaways for picture book writers! There's also a long list of upcoming pitch opportunities that are open to picture books.

Of course, I talk about the new Monster List and my new Picture Book Query Letter Workshop. In my newsletter you'll find a special Workshop discount for subscribers. So, if you've interested I'd love for you to subscribe!

You can read the newsletter here: eepurl.com/bN7XGb. You'll find a subscribe button in the top, left hand corner.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The New Monster List of Picture Book Publishers!

I know that a lot of you use my Monster List of Picture Book Agents. It's a good resource for when you're on the hunt for an agent, if I do say so myself. I go through the same process to create the posts as I would if I were researching an agent to query. I search to find information about the agent, what they're looking for when it comes to picture books, what they want in submissions, who they represent... all of those things we try to figure out so we can make an educated guess as to if we might want to work with someone. All that research can help you find a way to personalize your query letter too.

I started the list because when I was looking for an agent I spent so much time slogging through submission guidelines trying to figure out if an agent actually took on picture book writers who didn't illustrate, that I got pretty fast at it. Plus I had a big list of agents and I wanted to share it. I still do. Putting together Monster List posts takes some time. But it's fun and I'm going to try to step it up this year and get a lot more posts done. There are lots of agents out there looking for picture books!

Created by Dana Carey.
There's another Monster List I have been wanting to create for some time. As I was putting together my new Picture Book Query Letter Workshop (I announced it yesterday!) I knew that I finally needed to get the list together for people to use.

Sometimes you want to submit your work straight to a publisher, and that is what this list is all about. I am really happy to give you the Monster List of Picture Book Publishers! So far there are over 60 publishers on the list, most of whom are open to unagented submissions right now.

I'm not going to be doing individual posts for this Monster List. Instead I have created a page and linked directly to the publisher's submission guidelines. Those can be so hard to find sometimes! Then you can click through to their website and see what picture books they publish and do your research to decide if they might be a good publisher for your manuscript.

I'm going to add to the list as I come across more picture book publishers. I'll keep track and do an update post on the blog every so often and will be sending out the info in my newsletter as well. (You can sign up in the sidebar.)

A huge THANK YOU! you to my partner in Sub It Club, Dana Carey, for changing up the fabulous Monster List of Picture Book Agents logo she created for me so that I can use it with the Monster List of Picture Book Publishers as well. I just love love that logo!

Whether you are thinking you might like to submit your book directly to publishers, or are well underway with submitting your work, open the door and take a peek at the new Monster List of Picture Book Publishers! Maybe some good places to submit your manuscript will jump out at you.

And if you're feeling like you need help with your query letter, please check out my Picture Book Query Letter Workshop. I'd be happy to help you get that query letter written so you can put your best pitch forward and submit that picture book!

Friday, January 29, 2016

A Picture Book Query Letter Workshop!

I have found that I am an anomaly. I don't hate query letters. It makes me sad when people call it "the dreaded query letter". I actually love writing them. Love with a capital L-O-V-E. Yeah, I know. I'm weird. But it's a useful quirk.

To me the process and challenge of writing a query is like solving a puzzle. How can the story be pitched best? The moving and changing of words and phrases trying to find the best combination is exciting. I embrace the challenge and hope you do too.

Since I partnered with my agent I don't have to write query letters for myself anymore. So, I've been helping other writers create and polish their queries to get my query fix. I do critiques, writing, and consulting for many picture book writers, which led me to an idea. One that will let me help even more people write great query letters and have the skills to write them for the picture books in the future as well.

I've been working hard to put together a query letter workshop specifically for picture book writers. Lessons on how to write a query letter are broken down with step by step instructions, examples, and explanations. The workshop is designed for writers that have a picture book manuscript that they are ready to write a query letter for. As part of the workshop I am going to make myself available for questions and assistance throughout as well as give a full query letter critique. I've also added resources, and information on submitting your work. I think you all already know I love to talk about that stuff!

If this sounds like the kind of help you could use, I'd love to have you check out my new Picture Book Query Letter Workshop page for more details. I'm excited. This is going to be fun!

Oh, and look for a new Monster List to celebrate the workshop coming very soon!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Something New!

I have some exciting things coming up! I have a new Monster List I'm creating to help you find places to submit your work. Soon I'll be opening up a new class I'm creating for picture book writers submitting their work. In February there are great opportunities coming up at Sub It Club. And maybe sometime soonish, I'll even have some good news to share.

Since I split myself between here and the Sub It Club blog I don't always get all of the information out in one place. So, a newsletter will be a good one stop place to capture it all. My plan is to only send out a newsletter 3 to 4 times a year. I'll include the news on who I've added to the Monster Lists, links to tips on submitting and writing, and whatever else I find that I think is helpful to children's book writers. If you're interested I'd love for you to sign up!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Monster List of Picture Book Agents - Carrie Hannigan of HSG Agency

Carrie Hannigan of HSG Agency
Today's Monster List of Picture Books Agents feature is on agent Carrie Hannigan of HSG Agency (Hannigan, Salky, Getzler Agency). You won't find a bunch of interviews with Carrie online or much social media. But that doesn't mean she's not an agent to consider by any means!

According to Carrie's bio on the agency website she worked with esteemed agent Timothy Seldes of Russell & Volkening for 14 years before moving on to form HSG agency. HSG Agency opened in 2011. Carrie has many successful clients.

Be sure to read Carrie's full bio on the agency website.

While you will mostly have to rely on the HSG Agency website, there are a few other places online where you can learn about Carrie and her agency:

Hannigan, Salky, Getzler Agency has a Facebook page where they post about client releases and more.

Read Carrie's Publisher's Marketplace page to learn about the genres she represents, clients, forthcoming books, and more.

You can get a feel for Carrie's response times by reading the comments and response times reports on her Querytracker listing.

Carrie's picture book author clients include Erica S. Pearl

and Ann McCallum 


Carrie has some amazing clients. She represents author/illustrators as well. Be sure to check out the HSG Agency Clients page.

If you think your work might be a fit for Carrie Hannigan, read over the HSG Agency Submission Guidelines for details on how to submit your work. They ask for electronic submissions only. Yay!

*Please do note that Carrie is not looking for picture books written in rhyme.

This post is part of the Monster List of Picture Book Agents. If you have an additions or changes you think should be made to this listing please contact me or leave them in the comments. Thanks!



Thursday, January 7, 2016

Enjoy the Little Things

Hey there. As you probably know, the road to publication can be a long one. When you are writing and polishing, submitting and waiting, not a whole lot of tangible things happen. Yes, you have put words on the page. Lots of words! But if you're like me, you aren't showing them to anyone. If you're not careful it can make you feel like you are not doing anything because there is nothing for anyone to see! Or worse, you can feel like you are failing and that is not good for writing great things.

animated-prize-and-award-image-0008Here's the thing, a published book is but one of the positive things that can happen for you as a writer. Sure, a published book or agent can feel like the golden prize that we're all trying to reach. But there are lots of positives along the way that you need to recognize. They are the things that will keep you going along the long road!

Here are some things that you should pat yourself on the back for:

  • Coming up with something great: a title, character, sentence, etc. Yes!
  • Finding the perfect word you needed. Uh-huh!
  • Finishing a draft. Sweet!
  • Completing a revision. Even sweeter!
  • Positive things your critique partners say about your work. Woohoo!
  • Figuring out a problem you had in your writing. Phew!
  • Submitting your polished work. Yay!
  • Getting to go have fun at a conference. Yippee!
  • Great writer friends. The bomb! 


And of course these are things to hold onto that should tell you that yes, you are doing things right:

  • Personalized rejections. They don't send these to everyone!
  • Invitations to send more work. They like your style!
  • Revision requests. They believe you created a piece that might work in their publishing program!
  • Agent interest. An agent thinks they may be able to sell your work! 
Nope, you can't control these last things but if you get something of this nature, don't forget it. Pull it out and reread it when you are wondering why you are spending so much time on this writing thing. 

Either way, remember the positives! Go write some more great sentences. Find that perfect word. And chat it up with your writer friends. You can usually find me blabbing away at Sub It Club or on twitter. ;)