From the Agent's Desk
What Makes a Picture Book Great
In this webinar, agent Sean McCarthy shares what picture books look like on his side of the desk, including:
- What separates a good picture book from a great one
- Submission pet-peeves
- How prolific should picture book authors be
- His wishlist for fiction and nonfiction picture books
- Plus, lots more!
Before founding Sean McCarthy Literary Agency, Sean began his publishing career as an editorial intern at Overlook Press and then moved over to the Sheldon Fogelman Agency. He worked as the submissions coordinator and permissions manager before becoming a full-time literary agent. Sean graduated from Macalester College with a degree in English-Creative Writing, and is grateful that he no longer has to spend his winters in Minnesota.
He is drawn to flawed, multifaceted characters with devastatingly concise writing in YA, and character-driven work or smartly paced mysteries/adventures in MG. In picture books, he looks more for unforgettable characters, off-beat humor, and especially clever endings. He is not currently interested in issue-driven stories or query letters that pose too many questions.
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