Andrea Brown is the President of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc. Founded in New York City in 1981, it was the first literary agency to represent both children's book authors and illustrators. Prior to opening her own firm, Andrea was an editor at Alfred A. Knopf, and worked in the editorial departments of Random House and Dell. In 1990, she moved her literary agency to Northern California. Andrea has published articles and published a chapter about the children's book field in THE PORTABLE WRITER'S CONFERENCE, published by Quill Driver Books. She has been quoted in the NEW YORK POST, CNN.com, Yahoo News, FORBES, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING and REUTERS NEWS SERVICE.
President of the San Francisco chapter of the Women's National Book Association for four years, she was the National Pannell Award Chair that gives awards to booksellers at the Book Expo Association. She is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Andrea has had her own cable television show in New York City, An Afternoon with Children's Books, and has appeared on C-SPAN'S Book Notes, and public television's Authors and Critics.
She is the Executive Director of the Big Sur Writing Workshops for children's books, held in March and December. Andrea speaks at many writer's conferences including the Singapore Book Council, Maui Writers Conference, Asilomar, San Diego State University, UCLA, Stanford University, Palm Springs Writers Conference, Southwest Writers Conference, Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Texas Writer's League, The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conferences, and she is Associate faculty at the Pacific Northwest MFA program in Whidbey Island.
Some of Andrea's sales include bestselling titles such as MAMA DO YOU LOVE ME (Chronicle), THE BEANIE BABY HANDBOOK and TEACHER FROM THE BLACK LAGOON series (both with Scholastic), the BEVERLY HILLS 90210 series (HarperCollins), the SUNSET ISLAND series (Berkley), Olympic Silver medalist, Sasha Cohen's autobiography, FIRE ON ICE (HarperCollins), Neal Shusterman's DARK FUSION series (Dutton/Penguin), EVERLOST and UNWIND (Simon & Schuster), BRUISER (HarperCollins), and a forthcoming middle grade series with Disney-Hyperion.
Andrea is also the author of WRITERS' AND ARTISTS' HIDEOUTS: Great Getaways for Seducing the Muse, the only travel/writer's guide available.
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Laura Rennert has been a Senior Agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency since 1998. A "literary omnivore," she specializes in all categories of children's books, from picture books to young adult, and in up-market fiction and narrative nonfiction. She represents award-winning and best-selling authors, including #1 NYT bestsellers Ellen Hopkins, Jay Asher, Lauren Kate, #1 NYT bestseller and Printz Honor Finalist Maggie Stiefvater, NYT Bestseller and #1 Kindle Bestseller Catherine Ryan Hyde, and National Book Award Finalist Kathleen Duey, as well as brand new, first-time authors.
Some of her exemplary titles are THE RAVEN BOYS (Scholastic); THIRTEEN REASONS WHY (Razorbill/Penguin); CRANK series (Margaret McElderry/S&S); SHIVER (WOLVES OF MERCY FALLS series, Scholastic); WHEN I FOUND YOU (Amazon Publishing); THE FANTASTIC FAMILY WHIPPLE (Razorbill/Penguin); THE FIVE ANCESTORS series (Random House); THE TAKING (HarperCollins); MOSTLY MONSTERLY (Paula Wiseman Books/S&S); THE SCORPIO RACES (Scholastic); ONCE UPON A MEMORY (Little Brown); KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES series (Aladdin/S&S); THE STRANGE MAID (Random House); and TRIANGLES (Atria/S&S). Noteworthy sales include seven-figure deals to Simon & Schuster and Scholastic; deals for over half a million dollars to Random House, Scholastic, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster; and film deals to Nickelodeon/Paramount; Warner Bros; and Universal Pictures.
Laura loves character-driven, page-turning fiction that gives surprising insight into the complexities and contradictions of human nature. The common thread in the diverse range of projects Laura represents is a strong voice and the ability to make readers both feel and think. She has a special fondness for characters with an insider-outsider perspective; for narrative risk-takers; and for books that make her laugh out loud and sob into her tea. Really, in the end, she's category-agnostic. Give her a swing-for-the-fences literary voice and a compulsively readable plot, and she'll be happy.
Right now she's particularly seeking upper middle-grade and YA fiction. She's drawn to contemporary fiction, multi-cultural fiction; genre fiction with an emotional underpinning; speculative fiction and alternate histories/realities; fantasy and paranormal; thrillers, science fiction and horror; neo-gothic and neo-Victorian novels; subversive fairy tales; and other genres that hark back to her 19th century Brit Lit roots. She has a weakness for novels that turn her favorite classics (hint, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, original fairy tales, Dante, the Pre-Raphaelites) or myths inside out, give them an intriguing new context, and bring something unexpected to the table. She'd be thrilled to find a Hugo Cabret-like illustrated novel for older readers. She loves works that take highly commercial tropes and give them surprising depth and real emotional resonance.
Laura's work as an agent is enhanced by some fun moonlighting on the other side of the table. She's the author of a picture book, BUYING, TRAINING, AND CARING FOR YOUR DINOSAUR (Knopf/RH), illustrated by Marc Brown, creator of Arthur. She's also the author of an illustrated chapter book, ROYAL PRINCESS ACADEMY: DRAGON DREAMS, illustrated by Melanie Florian (Dial/Penguin). Laura has a Ph.D. in English Literature and was a faculty member in English Departments of the University of Virginia, Osaka University of Foreign Studies, and Santa Clara University. She speaks at writers' conferences and book festivals throughout the country and overseas. Laura will never forget certain books she read as a teen, books that had an enormous impact at the time and, in retrospect, changed her forever. These are the kinds of books she's still most drawn to—stories that evoke the joy and sadness, the complexity and pathos, the struggle and confusion, of being human.
Caryn has been an agent with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency since 2003, and she has sold almost 250 books. She handles children's books only: young adult and middle-grade fiction and non-fiction, chapter books, and picture books (fiction and non-fiction). She represents NYT bestselling authors, award-winning authors, debut authors, and authors at every stage in between. No matter the genre, Caryn is looking for books with emotional depth and a strong voice; excellent writing in a tightly-plotted, commercial story; and characters that stick with her long after she has closed the book. In YA, she gravitates toward books that make her think and toward books that make her cry; in middle-grade and chapter books, laughter tends to be the common thread. She loves books that are intellectually challenging and take risks, but in a very logical way.
Caryn is drawn to contemporary YA with a strong voice, multi-faceted characters, complex relationships, beautiful writing and a well-developed hook. In addition, she loves speculative YA fiction—usually contemporary with a very smart science fiction or light fantasy element, but she also appreciates being carried away by great world-building in a unique story that isn't grounded in reality. Zombies, horror, and high fantasy will, most likely, not appeal. She would love to see a YA thriller with the pacing and twists of HOMELAND, and a YA Pitch Perfect, Downton Abbey, or Big Bang Theory. She would be thrilled to see more contemporary multicultural middle grade or YA—books that deeply explore another culture, as well as books in which the ethnicity of the character is not the issue. She adores a swoon-worthy romance with an intelligent heroine who isn't simply swept off her feet by a hunky hero. A sweet, funny or poignant middle-grade novel, with a great hook that makes it stand out from the crowd, would hold great appeal, and she's partial to lyrical, non-institutional picture book biographies. She is always open to terrific children's work that doesn't fit these categories as long as it makes her laugh, makes her cry, and keeps her awake at night, either reading the manuscript or thinking about it. She does not represent adult projects. Please do not query her regarding adult work.
Caryn represents Tom Angleberger, author of the NY Times, USA Today, PW and national indie bestselling ORIGAMI YODA series (Amulet/Abrams), and Nate Evans, co-author of the NYT bestseller THE JELLYBEANS AND THE BIG DANCE and its sequels (Abrams). Award-winning books include RABBIT AND ROBOT: THE SLEEPOVER by Cece Bell (2013 Theodore Geisel Honor book), FAKE MUSTACHE by Tom Angleberger (2013 Edgar nominee), HORTON HALFPOTT by Tom Angleberger (2012 Edgar nominee), DARTH PAPER STRIKES BACK by Tom Angleberger (2011 ABC Best Books), THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA by Tom Angleberger (2011 ALA Notable and Kirkus Best Books of 2010), A YEAR OF GOODBYES by Debbie Levy (2010 Kirkus Top Ten Book of the Year and 2010 Sydney Taylor Notable Book), and ME, FRIDA by Amy Novesky (2010 Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor Award—illustrated by David Diaz and 2011 ALA Notable).
Upcoming 2014 titles include PRINCESS LABELMAKER TO THE RESCUE: AN ORIGAMI YODA BOOK and THE QWIKPICK PAPERS by Tom Angleberger (Amulet/Abrams), JUNGLE OF BONES by Ben Mikaelsen (Scholastic), EL DEAFO (Abrams) by Cece Bell, CALVIN, LOOK OUT! by Jennifer Berne and Keith Bendis (Sterling), GRIM edited by Christine Johnson (Harlequin Teen), ICE DOGS by Terry Lynn Johnson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), BUGGED by Sarah Albee (Walker), BEHOLD THE BEAUTIFUL DUNG BEETLE by Cheryl Bardoe (Charlesbridge), and more books in the BALLPARK MYSTERIES chapter book series by David Kelly (Random House) and in the JO SCHMO chapter book series by Greg Trine (Harcourt/HMH).
Caryn holds an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA, and a BS from the University of Virginia. She is a member of SCBWI and she is a frequent speaker at writer's conferences.
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Jennifer represents projects ranging from picture books to YA. Middle grade is her soft spot and she's open to all genres in this category, especially the tender, hilarious, or zany. She is always looking for fresh and distinct voices; stories that simultaneously tug at her heartstrings and make her laugh out loud; and "adorkable" heroes. As for YA, Jennifer is drawn to contemporary works; dramatic, funny, or cringe-worthy romance; and urban fantasy/light sci-fi. She's especially interested in smart stories that are layered, complex, and unexpected, and she appreciates big, developed worlds. In terms of picture books, she is interested in character-driven projects and smart, exceptional writing. Jennifer also represents illustrators and author-illustrators.
Some of Jennifer's clients include Meg Medina, author of the Pura Belpré Award winning novel YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS and the Ezra Jack Keats Award winning picture book TIA ISA WANTS A CAR (Candlewick); Christina Diaz Gonzalez, author of THE RED UMBRELLA and A THUNDEROUS WHISPER (Knopf/Random House); Joy Preble, author of THE SWEET DEAD LIFE (Soho Press) and the forthcoming FINDING PARIS (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins); Crystal Allen, author of HOW LAMAR'S BAD PRANK WON A BUBBA SIZED TROPHY and the forthcoming MYA series (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins); Tameka Brown, author of the Charlotte Zolotow Honor picture book MY COLD PLUM LEMON PIE BLUESY MOOD (Viking/Penguin); Kathryn Fitzmaurice, author of the middle grades DESTINY, REWRITTEN and THE YEAR THE SWALLOWS CAME EARLY (HarperCollins); Samantha Vamos, author of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor picture book THE CAZUELA THAT THE FARM MAIDEN STIRRED (Charlesbridge); and Denise Doyen, author of the E.B. White Read Aloud Honor picture book ONCE UPON A TWICE (Random House). Jennifer also represents author-illustrators Eliza Wheeler (MISS MAPLE'S SEEDS, Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin), Mike Boldt (123 VERSUS ABC, HarperCollins), and Bob Boyle (ROSIE & REX, HarperCollins).
Jennifer is co-author of the picture book PIGGIES IN THE PUMPKIN PATCH (Charlesbridge). She has been on faculty for several conferences including the Big Sur Writer's Workshop and numerous SCBWI conferences, and she is especially known for her The "So What?" Factor presentation. Jennifer earned a BA in English with a minor in Social and Ethnic Relations from UC Davis and has a background in secondary education.
Kelly represents writers for all age groups within children's literature (picture books, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels), as well as illustrators. She is currently not accepting any queries at this time.
Some of the YA and middle grade novels Kelly represents include Courtney C. Stevens debut YA novel FAKING NORMAL (HarperTeen/HarperCollins), Steve Watkins' Golden Kite Winner DOWN SAND MOUNTAIN and his YA novel WHAT COMES AFTER (both with Candlewick); Anne Osterlund's YA novel, SALVATION (Speak/Penguin); Anna Sheehan's debut YA novel A LONG, LONG SLEEP (Candlewick); Sharon Cameron's debut YA novel THE DARK UNWINDING and its sequel A SPARK UNSEEN (Scholastic); Carolyn Marsden's multicultural middle grade, THE WHITE ZONE (Carolrhoda/Lerner) and Ray Sabini's funny middle grade series SWEET FARTS (Two Lions). Picture books that Kelly represents include Sam Zuppardi's THE NOWHERE BOX (Candlewick); Diane Adams' TWO HANDS TO HOLD YOU (Chronicle); Elizabeth Rusch's ELECTRIC WIZARD: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF NIKOLA TESLA (Candlewick); and Bridget Heos' MUSTACHE BABY, and her nonfiction picture book series starting with WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING LARVAE (Millbrook/Lerner). Kelly also represents illustrators including James Burks, illustrator of THE MONSTORE (Aladdin/S&S) and his graphic novel series BIRD AND SQUIRREL (Scholastic); and Joy Ang, illustrator of HULLABALOO! (Clarion/HMH) and the upcoming BEHOLD! A BABY (Bloomsbury).
Kelly is on the Advisory Board for UCSD's certificate in Writing and Illustrating for Children, is a frequent speaker at conferences, including SCBWI's national and regional conferences, and can be found talking about all things children's books on Facebook (agentsonnack) and Twitter (@KSonnack).
Jennifer began her career in agenting after working as a long-time children's bookseller and buyer. She is also the founder of the extremely popular YA event series "Not Your Mother's Book Club". She joined Andrea Brown Literary Agency in 2007. Always on the lookout for sparkling YA and middle grade fiction with unusual and unforgettable characters and vivid settings, she is drawn to all kinds of books, whether realistic comedies or richly imagined magical adventures. However, the common thread in her favorite stories is an offbeat world-view. Jennifer adores simplicity, but she is not interested in the conventional, predictable, mechanical, gimmicky or ordinary. Jennifer loves funny books, thrilling books, romantic books, books that make her cry, and all-around un-put-downable books... and her true favorites are all of the above.
Clients include: National Public Radio's own "children's book ambassador" and the author of over 100 books for young readers, Daniel Pinkwater, whose latest novel is BUSHMAN LIVES! (Houghton/HMH). His wife, the talented artist Jill Pinkwater, who did the vibrant illustrations for their book BEAUTIFUL YETTA (THE YIDDISH CHICKEN) (Feiwel & Friends). Author/illustrator Calef Brown, whose whimsical drawings and poems have garnered him praise and the number one spot on the NYT bestseller list. Ilsa J. Bick, author of ASHES (Egmont), who is quickly becoming one of the most gripping voices in YA thrillers. Jackie Dolamore, whose fantasy worlds are so gorgeously wrought in books like BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY (Bloomsbury). Edgy debut YA novelists like L.K. Madigan, whose FLASH BURNOUT (Houghton/HMH) was an ALA Morris Award Winner. And Erin Lange, author of BUTTER (Bloomsbury). These are to name just a few.
Jennifer attends several conferences each year. Past conferences include Willamette, Writer's League of Texas, SCBWI-NY, NE-SCBWI, Oregon Coast Children's Book Writers Workshop, Book Passage Children's Writers Workshop, and Big Sur Children's Writer's Workshop. She spends most of her free time... well, reading, what else?! You can find out more about Jennifer and her clients on her blog.
Jamie Weiss Chilton
Jamie Weiss Chilton represents children's books exclusively, specializing in teen novels and picture books.
Jamie's career in children's books began in 1998, with an editorial internship at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, followed by positions as an Editorial Assistant and Assistant Editor at Bantam Delacorte Dell and Knopf & Crown Books for Young Readers. After returning to her hometown of Los Angeles, Jamie pursued her love of children's books in a new arena, as Conference Manager and Golden Kite Award Director at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) before joining the Andrea Brown Agency in 2008.
Picture book, board, and novelty titles Jamie represents include New York Times bestselling HOW TO BABYSIT A GRANDPA, by Jean Reagan; Salina Yoon's picture book series beginning with PENGUIN AND PINECONE and FOUND (Walker); KALEIDOSCOPE and PINWHEEL by Salina Yoon (Little, Brown); Tracey E. Fern's nonfiction picture book BARNUM'S BONES (FSG/Macmillan); Janee Trasler's board book series beginning with BEDTIME FOR CHICKIES and POTTYTIME FOR CHICKIES (HarperFestival/HC); and Trasler's picture book MIMI AND BEAR IN THE SNOW (FSG); and EVERY COWGIRL GOES TO SCHOOL by Rebecca Janni (Dial/Penguin). In YA fiction, Jamie represents FAKE ID, a debut by Lamar Giles (HarperCollins); THE BEGINNING OF AFTER and YOU LOOK DIFFERENT IN REAL LIFE by Jennifer Castle (HarperCollins); WOLVES, BOYS, AND OTHER THINGS THAT MIGHT KILL ME and GIRLS DON'T FLY by Kristen Chandler (Viking/Penguin); genre-reinventing YA horror/psychological thrillers BLEEDING VIOLET and SLICE OF CHERRY by Dia Reeves (Simon Pulse/S&S); and BAD FOR YOU, a graphic novel by co-creators Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham (Holt/Macmillan).
Jennifer's background in children's book publishing includes five years of reviewing children's literature as part of the Books for Youth staff of Booklist magazine, and five years as an editor at Dutton Children's Books.
In the picture-book arena, Jennifer is interested in authors and author-illustrators who bring a distinctive, well-developed point of view to their work; at this time, she is not seeking illustration-only clients. She is particularly drawn to fiction for middle graders and YAs, especially richly imagined fantasies that depart from old-hat heroic quests (portals entered by protagonists who fulfill prophecies don't tend to be for her). The most dogeared books in her childhood library tended to be fantasy-adventures, survival stories, and sprawling, atmospheric tales with Dickensian twists and satisfying puzzles. She still gravitates to all of the above, but contemporary realistic fiction can work for her, too, especially if it's voice-driven and carefully structured.
Recent fiction sales include Tom Leveen's fourth and fifth YA novels, SICK (Amulet/Abrams) and RANDOM (Simon Pulse/S&S); books 2 and 3 in Jenny Meyerhoff's comic middle grade series, THE BARFTASTIC LIFE OF LOUIE BURGER (FSG/Macmillan), illustrated by Jason Week, and two soulful middle grade novels by Kate Hannigan, CUPCAKE COUSINS (Hyperion) and THE DETECTIVE'S ASSISTANT (Little, Brown). Recent picture book sales include three manuscripts by noted poet Linda Ashman: PEACE, BABY!, to be illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff (Chronicle); Linda Ashman's nearly wordless, graphic novel influenced story, RAIN! (Houghton Mifflin/HMH); and a lyrical ode to the rhythms of the natural world, ALL WE KNOW (HarperCollins). Past sales include noted poet Linda Ashman's lyrical ode to the rhythms of the natural world, ALL WE KNOW (HarperCollins), to be illustrated by Jane Dyer; author-illustrator Dave Wasson's THE BIG IDEAS OF BUSTER BICKLES and a second book starring Buster Bickles (HarperCollins); Kim Norman's THIS OLD VAN and THE BOT THAT SCOTT BUILT (both Sterling); and author-illustrator Liz Starin's SPLASHDANCE (FSG/Macmillan).
Jennifer lives in Chicago.
Lara Perkins represents all categories of children's literature, from picture books to young adult. Lara works closely with Senior Agent Laura Rennert, with whom she jointly represents a number of clients, in addition to building her own list. She is also the agency's Digital Manager.
Lara is a fan of insightful, page-turning, voice-driven young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as quirky, witty picture books. For middle grade, she's particularly looking for compelling, unexpected mysteries, stories set in fascinating, unexpected worlds (real or imagined), and stories that hit home in their depiction of ending/changing friendships or family shifts. Humor is always welcome. For young adult, Lara is looking for heart-breaking but very funny contemporary (or contemporary with a fantasy or paranormal twist) novels. She loves a bittersweet romance when it's solidly grounded in reality between believable, memorable characters. She's also drawn to character-driven fantasy with striking world building, and whip-smart, page-turning psychological mysteries. In the picture book realm, Lara is drawn to picture books that take a small but universal experience of childhood and draw out something beautiful or hilarious, and an endearingly flawed main character is central for her. She loves working with author/illustrators, and she's drawn to a wide range of illustration styles.
Some of Lara's recent titles include THE FANTASTIC FAMILY WHIPPLE by Matthew Ward (Razorbill/Penguin)*, A MILLION WAYS HOME by Dianna Dorisi Winget (Scholastic Press), IF YOUR MONSTER WON'T GO TO BED by Denise Vega (Knopf/Random House), THE STEPSISTER'S TALE by Tracy Barrett (Harlequin Teen)*, and I'M NEW HERE by Anne Sibley O'Brien (Charlesbridge). Noteworthy deals include a two-book, six figure deal to Razorbill/Penguin and a two-book deal to Harlequin Teen (*together with Laura Rennert).
Lara has a B.A. in English and Art History from Amherst College and an M.A. in English Literature from Columbia University, where she studied Victorian Brit Lit. In her pre-publishing life, she trained to be an architect, before deciding that books, not bricks, are her true passion. She spent over a year at the B.J. Robbins Literary Agency in Los Angeles before coming to Andrea Brown Literary. She is a frequent speaker at conferences nationwide, and currently is based in the SF Bay Area.