Saturday, August 20, 2011

Monster List of Picture Book Agents--Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Kathleen Rushall is a newer agent who is still building her list, always a good opportunity for a writer looking to find an agent. But first, of course, you must figure out if she would be a good match for you.

You can read Kathleen's agent bio at the Marsal Lyon Literary Website where it states she "is open to unique, quirky picture books."

She talks a little bit about what types of picture books she is looking for in an interview at YA Fusion.

If you take a look at Kathleen's AgentQuery listing (she sent in the info herself) it's good to note that, "She looks for strong voices & characterizations, and is interested in multi-cultural stories."

In an older interview at Love YA from when Kathleen was with Waterside Productions, she gives some interesting, and still relevant, answers to how and why she became an agent and what kinds of books she likes.

Query letter info is one of the good things you will find in an interview with Kathleen at Deana Barnhart's blog.

Kathleen is scheduled to speak at the Central California Writer's Conference in April 2012, and I found her bio to be informative.

At QueryTracker a few picture book writers have left some priceless nuggests of pb rejection info.

You can find Kathleen Rushall on Twitter @katrushall

Marsal Lyon Literary accepts electronic queries and hard copy submissions. Check out their submission guidelines.

I could not find any actual picture book authors that Kathleen represents, but I do know that she really likes Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael B. Kaplan. How do I know? I read it on twitter. Join in if you haven't already!

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. Kathleen is my agent. She loves character driven, quirky picture books and humor. :-) That's what I write. We're a great match! Oh, and I don't write rhyme...

  2. Thank you so much for all the information, Heather! I just read your article in the Fall SCBWI magazine and popped over to say "hi." I can already see that your site is a lot of fun and full of inspiration and ideas. I'll be back!

    (Your life in WA looks a lot like my life in WI, although we don't own alpacas; we do drive by them every day, though. Sheep, too.)

  3. Hi Shannon,

    It is so fun to hear from you! Thank you for looking me up. It's nice to hear that you find my article and blog helpful! I wish I could do more, but as it sounds like you know, farm life is busy! Aren't alpacas the cutest!