Sunday, July 1, 2012

Monster List of Picture Book Agents - Brianne Johnson of Writers House

Brianne Johnson is a junior agent at the well known agency, Writers House. I would assume that as a junior agent that Brianne is still building her list, which is always a good opportunity for writers on the agent hunt!

According to her Publisher's Marketplace profile she is open to, "truly delightful" picture book texts and she also says, "The one link I have throughout the many genres I'm interested in is humor. It doesn't necessarily have to be silly humor--sometimes it's more interesting to find humor in darker settings--but I do love a story can illuminate something about humanity AND make me laugh. Life is serious enough--reading should be a joy."

Added 9/7/2012: Mother. Write. Repeat. has a great Interactive Interview with Brianne.
I found posts from a couple of happy clients:

You can see some response time stats for Brianne on Querytracker.

Brianne has a couple of nice picture book sales by her authors (of course this is just what I can find online.) She represents Diane Murray Her first picture book, NED THE KNITTING PIRATE: A SALTY YARN will be published by Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan (Spring 2014). A note for rhymers, Diane's bio says her writing includes rhymes.

Added 9/7/2012: Read Diana Murray's guest post about how she got her agent along with an interview with Brianne here on my blog.

Brianne also represents Jacqueline Tourville whose book, ALBIE'S FIRST WORD, inspired by the true story of Albert Einstein's childhood  is scheduled to come out with Schwartz & Wade in 2014.

Brianne Johnson accepts email queries. You can find her email address on her Publisher's Marketplace listing. And don't forget to personalize that cover letter!

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


  1. Hi, Heather! I love your monster list. It's a great resource.

    I'm one of Brianne's clients (as you mentioned) and I feel very lucky to be working with her. I even got to meet her in person recently and she's just plain fabulous. She's funny, smart, energetic, supportive, and responsive. I couldn't be happier.


  2. Fabulous, Diana! I love hearing about great agent-client matches. Thanks for letting us know, and congratulations to you both on the upcoming book!

  3. Bri is a wonderful agent! Ditto to everything Diana wrote above.

    Jacqueline Tourville (another happy client)

  4. Hi Jacqueline, that's great to hear! Can't wait to read your book!

  5. Thank you so much for this amazing resource. It saved me so much time! You rock!