Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monster List of Picture Book Agents--Paul Rodeen of Rodeen Literary Management

Take a look at the Rodeen Literary Management website and you might start drooling. What a great bio! What a fabulous list of clients!(Although from my research I suspect it may not have been updated lately. He just may be too busy selling books! I don't subscribe to Publisher's Marketplace but from my search results it looks like he's still making sales.)

Like many agents that will take on picture book authors, information on Paul Rodeen is a little tough to find. But there definitely seems to be enough to help decide whether or not he may be the right agent for what you write.

Mr. Rodeen has a shelf of books by his clients on Shelfari.

There are five things Paul Rodeen looks for when reading submissions in a short post at the Chinook Update.

You can find a couple of interesting tidbits from Dori Butler's conference notes on her livejournal page. Yes, it's an old post but the way he judges a picture book is pretty tried and true.

In an agent profile on page 4 of The Acorn, Mr. Rodeen states that rhyming verse is nearly impossible for him to sell. So if you're a rhymer, he's probably not your guy.

You can find submission guidelines on the Rodeen Literary Management contact page.

Paul Rodeen represents: Stephen Shaskan and Aaron Reynolds.

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. ((sigh)) another who passes on rhyme...where or where are my rhyme fanatics? My rhyme all the timers?? My more- rhyme pleasers?

  2. Oh boy, if finding an agent who reps picture books is tough, finding an agent who says they want rhyme just might be impossible--because I don't see anyone outright saying they want it. Selling rhymers can be tough! Of course, if you can rhyme and rhyme well I would guess that quite a few agents who rep picture book authors would take a look. But you'd certainly want an agent that is great with rhyme and meter. It's definitely a special talent. It is nice for an agent to say they don't want to see rhyming books though if they really don't want to rep them. It saves you precious wasted time!