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EMLA has been growing, and now we’ve got a full house! I am so pleased to share the news that award-winning author Miranda Paul has joined EMLA as Associate Agent and has already begun building her own client list.

Miranda interned remotely for me over the summer from her home in Wisconsin and I was blown away by her know-how, her organizational skills, and her passion. She has worked with students (and campers) in every grade from Pre-K through college, is a co-founding member of the nonprofit organization We Need Diverse Books, and has presented at SCBWI conferences, The Writing Barn, the Highlights Foundation (Nuts and Bolts of STEM writing) and the Library of Congress Young Readers Center. In her other lives, Miranda has worked as a freelance writer and journalist. Her picture books includeOne Plastic Bag, Water is Water, 10 Little Ninjas, I Am Farmer, Nine Months, Little Libraries, Big Heroes, and many more. 

Miranda has her sights on prolific writers and writer-illustrators who are able to craft geeky-yet-wildly-entertaining manuscripts that bring science to lay audiences, make her laugh out loud, or have a strong social justice bent; and novels, memoirs, or nonfiction that are philosophically and emotionally gripping. She will be following EMLA’s standard submission policy, which can be found here.

I’m so thrilled to have you aboard, Miranda!

—Erin

Truman

Truman
Jean Reidy

Jean Reidy’s TRUMAN is the story of a sweet little tortoise whose devotion to his Sarah is never in doubt, even when she leaves one day for much longer than usual. It has been getting a lot of love out there in the world—two starred reviews, the most quotable quotes (my favorite words: enchanting, uplifting, heartwarming), and even a high school teacher’s suggestion of using it to teach kids the hero’s journey (!). 

Of course we love Jean’s perfectly soulful text, but we cannot overstate the importance of Lucy Ruth Cummins’s charming art, either, or the fantastic match these two have made. And so we are very pleased that Jean and Lucy will be working together on another picture book, again at Atheneum! Here’s the full announcement:

Alexa Pastor at Atheneum has acquired world rights to TRUMAN author and illustrator Jean Reidy and Lucy Ruth Cummins’s SYLVIE, about a surreptitious spider who gathers the courage to help the neighbors she has watched over from afar. Publication is planned for Spring 2022. Erin Murphy at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author and Emily van Beek at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management represented the illustrator.

Huge congratulations to Jean!

—Erin


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