No one expects it when some of the best things in life happen, and this is exactly what came down last spring when I first saw Art Taylor's illustrations. I was not actively looking for illustrators, but I wanted to sign them up. And then Art's beautiful work appeared in my inbox and I could NOT pass it up. I knew that I would regret it for the rest of my life if I didn't (which began the addiction!).
Fast forward a year. Art's got a website up and we've got postcards mailing and it's time for the EMLA agents to head to New York. I present Art's work along with my other lovely illustrator and author/illustrator clients and get oohs and aahs on all of it. But one editor in particular falls hard for Art's work. I was in another meeting and left early to chat with her about the possibilities. A matter of weeks later and it's for sure. What I was not expecting became one of the coolest things I've ever experienced.
The first EMLA text/art match. Let's make this a habit, shall we?
Illustrator Arthur Taylor's artwork for Curtis Manley's SHAWN LOVED SHARKS, a debut picture book about a shark-obsessed boy who is so excited about predator day at school—but the creature he is assigned is not AT ALL the one he'd hoped for, to Emily Feinberg at Roaring Brook Press, for publication in spring 2016, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for Taylor (World) with Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency previously announcing the deal for Manley.