On a larger scale, this year has been pretty rough, but on a personal and professional level, there was a lot to celebrate in 2017. So on this last day that BookEnds is open for the year, it felt like a good time for an author/agent year in review!
My debut picture book, Chicken Wants a Nap, was published this Fall and received reviews from Kirkus (starred!) and School Library Journal. Chicken is also going into its second print run!
And while I was super nervous, I had a great time at my first author-signing, reconnecting with some old author friends and making some new ones! (If you were not able to catch me at the signing and would like an autographed bookplate mailed to you for Chicken, please send me a note through the Contact page, including who I should sign the book to!)
Last month, I was also joined by several picture book authors for a #Thankful4PBs picture book giveaway, which I hope to be able to repeat next year with a new set of 2018 picture books! (Alas, as an author I don’t have any books forthcoming in 2018, but that gives me lots of time to share more of Chicken and to work on new picture books.) Speaking of new picture books…
This year, I also signed with an agent for my own work! Jennie Dunham and I had been going back and forth revising a trio of picture book manuscripts for a few months before signing to work together. Besides the picture books, I’m also excited to dive back into my middle grade work-in-progress. Like any author on submission, I’ve got my fingers crossed for good news in the New Year!
As a literary agent, I was thrilled to welcome 7 new clients to #TeamMarchini, with Jennifer Robin Barr, Margaret Finnegan, Yvonne Ivinson, Kate Simpson, Meera Sriram, Angela Traunig and Laura K. Zimmermann joining Charlene Chua, Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Dane Johns, KC Schreiber and Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie. All links are to their BookEnds interviews, so you can get a sense of who they are, what they write/illustrate, and why I’m so excited to have them on my team! (In writing that, it hit me again that it really does feel like a team. I just love how supportive my clients are of me and of each other!)
Speaking of Tara and Becky… I’m so excited for their debut picture books I Am Famous (Albert Whitman, March 2018) and Shark Nate-O (Little Bee, April 2018)! We’ll also see illustrator Charlene Chua’s debut chapter book work in Sara Cassidy’s The Great Googlini (Orca Books, Fall 2018)!
In 2017, I held three auctions (which is bananas) and was thrilled to be able to announce the following deals:
Virginia Duncan at Greenwillow has acquired, at auction, debut author-illustrator Yvonne Ivinson’s Fox Box Tail Sail, the story of a fox who takes a box out on the open sea. Publication is planned for spring/summer 2019, with two books to follow.
Carolyn Yoder at Calkins Creek has acquired, at auction, Jennifer Robin Barr’s middle grade debut Goodbye, Mr. Spalding, the story of a boy and his best-friend who need to stop the Philadelphia A’s from building the “Spite Fence” along right field and prevent the loss of income from the families’ rooftop bleachers across the street. Set against the backdrop of baseball’s Golden Era, the Great Depression, and the construction of the Spite Fence at Shibe Park, this is a story about the power of friendship and forgiveness. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019.
Jennifer Ung at S&S/Aladdin has acquired world rights to author Kat Zhang’s debut picture book, Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao, about a Chinese-American girl’s quest to make the perfect bao dumpling. Charlene Chua will illustrate; publication is set for fall 2019.
Anne Schwartz at Schwartz & Wade has bought world rights to Rita Lorraine Hubbard’s The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read, illustrated by Oge Mora, a picture book based on the true story of a former slave who learned to read at the age of 116. Publication is planned for spring 2019.
Hopefully I’ll be able to share more of 2017’s deal news soon! In the meantime, you can always see announced books from #TeamMarchini on my client books page.
My hope for 2018 is to go out on submission with some amazing projects that my authors and author-illustrators are working on; bring more children’s books into the world that celebrate inclusion, compassion and the human spirit; and to be able to share more of that here on my blog as well as on the BookEnds blog.
I hope everyone has a happy, healthy winter break!