February 16 Agents

Little GOLDen Book members of 12 x 12 will be able to choose one of two agents to submit their manuscript to each month.

Susan Hawk of The Bent Agency will be accepting picture book submissions from 12 x 12 Gold members March 1-15. Eve Porinchak of the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency will be accepting picture book submissions from 12 x 12 Gold members March 16-31. Susan’s profile appears first, followed by Eve’s. Please read BOTH and then decide who would be the best fit for your work.

Susan Hawk

A little bit about Susan from The Bent Agency website:
“Before agenting, I spent over fifteen years in children’s book marketing at Penguin, Henry Holt and North-South Books, where I was lucky to work on many different books ranging from Eric Carle’s Baby Bear, Baby Bear to Betsy Partridge’s This Land Was Made for You and Me, to Nancy Werlin’s Black Mirror, as well as the work of Mary E Pearson, Richard Peck and Joan Bauer. I also worked as a children’s librarian and bookseller, and remember still the satisfaction of putting just the right book into a child’s (or teenager’s) hands.

While at Penguin, I also worked for a time in Dutton Editorial, acquiring select picture book and YA projects for that list. My favorite part of that time was reading new submissions — finding something wonderful and imagining where it can go was thrilling to me then and remains so now.

I handle books for children exclusively: picture books, chapter books, middle grade and YA, fiction and non-fiction. The projects I represent share powerful and original writing, strong story-telling and a distinctive, sometimes off-kilter voice. In middle-grade and YA, I’m looking for unforgettable characters, rich world-building, and I’m a sucker for bittersweet; bonus points for something that makes me laugh out loud. I’m open to mystery, fantasy, scifi, humor, boy books, historical, contemporary (really any genre). In picture books, I’m looking particularly for author-illustrators, succinct but expressive texts, and indelible characters. I’m interested in non-fiction that relates to kid’s daily lives and their concerns with the world. I’m actively looking for diversity in the stories and authors that I represent. My favorite projects live at the intersection of literary and commercial.

Susan was a Featured Agent for 12 x 12 in 2013, 2014 and 2015. (This says a lot about our 12 x 12 members to have an agent who keeps returning to see more of your work. Way to represent!) You can find our previous profile posts HEREHERE and HERE.

Below are a few more recent resources for Susan:

  • Be sure to check out Susan’s blog HERE.
  • Susan’s January Wishlist is HERE.
  • Susan represents our own Marcie Colleen. Here’s the announcement about their latest book deal.
  • The Women’s National Book Association New York Chapter will be hosting a Query Roulette with Susan Hawk being one of the agents on hand on March 9, 2016. More info HERE.

Eve Porinchak

A little bit about Eve from Jill Corcoran Literary‘s site:

“Eve Porinchak graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in PsychoBiology. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Colby-Sawyer College and attended medical school at the University of New England.

Eve has always worked with children in some capacity. She taught Pre-K through First Grade, with a specialty in reading, she worked as a state foster care case manager, teaches creative writing to incarcerated teens, and serves as an aid worker in Tijuana orphanages.

An active member of SCBWI for 15 years, Eve interned at the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency where she was recently promoted to Junior Agent.

Eve has eclectic literary tastes and is open to everything from picture books to young adult novels. When asked about what she’s looking for in picture books, Eve replied, “I am a sucker for laugh-out-loud picture books, like THE STUPIDS STEP OUT, and I WANT MY HAT BACK. Although, I also love classics like, IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE, and THE GIVING TREE (which still makes me cry!). I’m not a huge fan of rhyming picture books in terms of what I’m representing. They are a very difficult sell, and tough to get just right. The best element a wonderful picture book can have is REREADABILITY. Is that a word? It is now! 🙂 ”

Eve was a Featured Agent in 2015 and you see our previous profile post HERE. Below are a few new online resources for Eve:

Full submission guidelines for Susan and Eve will be posted in the Membership Forum.

Please note Little GOLDen Book Members may only submit to ONE of these agents. Please choose the agent who is the best fit for you and your manuscript.

Submissions will only be accepted for Susan Hawk from March 1st – March 15th at 6pm ET/3pm PT.

Submissions will only be accepted for Eve Porinchak from March 16th – March 31st at 6pm ET/3pm PT.

Good Luck!
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