Getting Started in Children's Book Illustration: Part 4
In Getting Started in Children’s Book Illustration, I’m answering your questions about getting started in this field. Submit your questions via email or check here to read answers to previous questions.
In this installment of Getting Started in Children’s Book Illustration, we’re tackling the question: How do you get an agent?
Start with a Google search for “children’s illustration agency” or “picture book agent” or something along those lines. Browse through the agencies, taking a good look at the artists they currently represent. Will you work fit with the styles that are represented by that agency?
Start making a list of those agencies where your work might be a good fit. Now dive deeper into the info on the agency website. Are you an illustrator who would also like to write/illustrate picture books? Make sure that’s something the agency can offer you representation for. Visit the agency’s social media accounts. That’s a great place to get a look at the books their illustrators have worked on. You can even visit the websites and social media accounts of illustrators represented by that agency.
Based on your research, at this point you might narrow your list of possible agencies even further. Most agencies have their submission guidelines listed clearly on their websites, so check those guidelines carefully.
Now you’re ready to start submitting! Follow the guidelines for each agency carefully when crafting your submission. When writing your submission, keep it short and professional.
Usually an agency will respond to submissions within 4-8 weeks if they’re interested in representing you, so be patient as you wait. In the meantime, continue making art!