Usually in publishing, we have some sort of summer slowdown – but this year has been unusual in that way as well. July was one of my busiest months as an agent, and things are just starting to settle. But it was a ton of good news for my clients, and I certainly can’t complain.
I also had some good news as an author as well – Princesses Can Fix It! was featured in the Publisher’s Weekly Spring Preview!
Princesses Can Fix It! (Page Street Kids, May 2021) is now available to pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indiebound. You can also add the book to your Goodreads. (Pre-orders and Goodreads adds are much appreciated, and truly do impact the success of a book, so I thank you in advance for your support!)
I’m also thrilled to share that I’m now represented as an author by my colleague, Naomi Davis, at BookEnds Literary!
A Gift for Amma: Market Day in India by Meera Sriram and illustrated by Mariona Cabassa (Barefoot Books, August 14, 2020)
Hug? by Charlene Chua (Kids Can Press, September 1, 2020)
Solomon the Lion by Kristina Jones (Penguin Random House South Africa, September 2020)
Starred Reviews and Best of Lists
Two(!!) of my clients’ books are listed in the Amazon Top 20 Best Children’s Books of the Year So Far! (Did I run around the house yelling “I’m 10% of the list!!” Yes. Yes I did.)
Rita Lorraine Hubbard and Oge Mora’s The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read (RH/Anne Schwartz Books, 2020) is an Amazon Top 20 Best Children’s Book of the Year So Far and the top pick in children’s non-fiction! The Oldest Student was also selected as one of NPR’s 100 Favorite Books for Young Readers!
Tara Luebbe, Becky Cattie and Victoria Maderna‘s Ronan the Librarian (Macmillan/Roaring Brook, 2020) is an Amazon Top 20 Best Children’s Book of the Year So Far and a “Best Babysitter” in the Amazon Editor’s “Top 20 Yearbook Superlatives!”
Margaret Finnegan‘s We Could Be Heroes was also selected as an Amazon Prime Box Pick for August!
Deeba Zargarpur at Simon & Schuster has acquired, in a two-book deal, The Monster in the Bathhouse, author-illustrator Sina Merabian‘s U.S. debut. Set in an Iranian bathhouse, this story follows a group of children who are convinced that there is a monster—a Div—wreaking havoc on the eve of Nowruz, and must uncover the truth before the bathhouse closes for New Year celebrations. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Tracy Marchini at BookEnds Literary represented the creator for world rights.
Rotem Moscovich at Knopf has bought world rights for two picture books by Minh Lê. The first, The Blur, will be illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, fellow collaborator on Drawn Together, and follows a baby with superhero-like abilities and the parents who are racing to keep up. The second, Real to Me, to be illustrated by Raissa Figueroa, follows a surprising development after an imaginary friend disappears. Publication is set for summer 2022 and summer 2023, respectively. Stephen Barbara at InkWell Management represented Lê; Jodi Reamer at Writers House represented Santat, and Natascha Morris and Tracy Marchini at BookEnds Literary represented Figueroa.
Kat Zhang‘s Amy Wu and the Warm Welcome, the third book in the Amy Wu series, about a Chinese American girl who figures out the best way to welcome the new kid at school, illustrated by Charlene Chua, to Jennifer Ung at Simon & Schuster Children’s, for publication in summer 2022, by Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong for the author, and by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the illustrator (world). Film: Alice Lawson at Gersh.
Tracy Gates at Viking has bought debut author-illustrator Tim Kleyn‘s Set Sail for Pancakes, the story of a girl and her grandfather as they set off on their boat to gather the tastiest eggs and finest flour for the best pancakes, only to find that perhaps the most important ingredient of all is love. Publication is planned for summer 2022; Tracy Marchini at BookEnds brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.
Christina Pulles at Albert Whitman has bought world rights to More Than Just a Game: The Black Origins of Basketball, a nonfiction picture book by debut author Madison Moore, illustrated by Adisa Kareem. The book celebrates the Black history of the sport, its effect on Black communities, and the players and leagues who made it into the game it is today. Publication is set for fall 2021; the author represented herself, and Tracy Marchini at BookEnds Literary represented the illustrator.
These last few months, I’ve been thrilled to welcome the following new clients to #TeamMarchini and BookEnds Jr.!
First up is Adisa Kareem, whose art is absolutely stunning. As soon as I saw his color study (below) on #drawingwhileblack, I immediately took a look at the rest of his portfolio. His work is perfect for books where the setting is just as important as the character, and I’m thrilled to say that his debut book as an illustrator will be out next fall!
I also welcomed debut author Carrie Tillotson, whose picture books and board books are so full of fun and mischief! She also has some beautiful non-fiction, and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for her!
Teresa Robeson is the APALA award winning author of Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom (Sterling, 2019) and the author of the forthcoming Two Bicycles in Beijing (Albert Whitman, 2020). She is a serious amateur astronomer (how cool!) and I am so excited for both her non-fiction and fiction works to come!
Katherine Kuehne is an author-illustrator with a fantastic sense of character and a warm and inviting style! I’m so excited to share her author-illustrator dummy with editors – it’s bright and cheerful and full of mischief!
I’m so excited for this book, and I’m working on some fun things, like a cover reveal, some printables and a virtual book launch! I’m also still thrilled to be part of the Picture Book Scribblers and the 2021 STEAM Team!
MSWL of the Month
This month (and potentially into the holidays), to be fair to both my current clients and queriers, I’m closed to queries (with the exception of industry or client referrals) in order to catch up on the requested manuscripts and queries I already have.
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Last Month in The Quacktory
In the last issue of The Quacktory, I talked about ways that you can boost the authors whose books you want to keep on the shelves – including and especially BIPOC voices – even while we’re physically distancing and regardless of your budget! This month, I’m going to talk a little bit about how the pandemic has changed the day to day in publishing from an agent’s perspective.
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