I know a lot of us are happy to say goodbye to 2018 and hopeful for 2019, but there was still a lot of good news personally and professionally this year for me and my #TeamMarchini clients!
As an author, Chicken Wants a Nap was nominated for the 2019 Bridge to Reading Picture Book Award with some fantastic company!
How amazing is that?!
I also did my first classroom Skype for World Read Aloud Day in 2018, and I’ll be skyping for WRAD again in February 2019! (Click the link to get in touch and set up a free reading of Chicken Wants a Nap for your classroom or library!)
Chicken was also included in Fuse #8’s 2017 picture book round up!
I’m also super excited about what I’ve been working on with my agent – the fabulous Jenna Pocius at Red Fox Literary – and I am hopeful for some good news in 2019! (If you’ve been following me on Twitter or through my monthly Quacktory newsletter, you know that I have had a ton of fun writing my first chapter book this year!)
As a literary agent, I was thrilled to welcome 9 new clients to #TeamMarchini in 2018, including Sally Deng, Kristina Jones, Valentina Mendicino, Rachel Ruiz, Danna Smith, Ginny Wiehardt and with my colleague James McGowan, Jessica Kulekjian! (With another new client to be announced shortly!) 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!
My first set of client books were published in 2018, and I couldn’t be prouder:
I also announced new deals for Charlene Chua (Hug, Going Up!, Shubh Diwali!, The Wind Plays Tricks), Margaret Finnegan (Booler), Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie (Operation Photobomb), and Meera Sriram (The Yellow Suitcase)!
Some of these books are already available for pre-order, and I’m looking forward to seeing the below Spring 2019 books on the shelves this year!
I also can’t wait to share some of the fantastic covers from my clients’ Fall 2019 books. (It is SO. HARD. to sit on these. I just love all of them!)
My clients have received some wonderful reviews this year, including a number of starred reviews, Junior Library Guild selections and state awards for their books!
In June of 2019, I’ll hit my three year agent-o-versary! That’s three years of list building at BookEnds, and while at this very moment I’m at two and a half years and so it might be a bit too early for a little reflection, I can say that I have definitely seen myself grow as an agent over this short period of time (and that’s with a huge thanks to Jessica and the entire BookEnds team, who continue to push me towards what’s possible for me and my clients) but also I’m excited to go big in 2019!
On a personal level, there’s been a lot of curveballs and adjustments this year, but we’ve also got some great support there too and honestly, just getting that all set up makes a world of difference! I feel much more hopeful and relaxed going into 2019 than I did even just a few short months ago.
I hope your 2018 was full of bright spots and your 2019 is full of hope and good news, too!