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July 2020

It’s been a busy summer for agent Miranda Paul at EMLA. While navigating the pandemic hasn’t been easy, she reports that “there have definitely been moments of joy.”

Recently, Publisher’s Weekly announced another deal for Miranda’s client Suma Subramaniam. Congratulations, Suma! Miranda and Suma thank everyone who posted love on social media alongside the deal announcement for She Sang for India: How M.S. Subbulakshmi Used Her Voice for Change. 2022 is going to be a big year for Suma with this book released early in the year, and Namaste is a Greeting releasing in the fall of ’22. We can’t wait!

This summer Miranda has also been wrapping up new deals and subright sales for her other clients including author Chana Stiefel, author/illustrator Yangsook Choi, and illustrator Aeron Cargill. More details to come! (If you’re not familiar with these individuals, make sure to look them up by clicking their names). 

To wrap up the week, Miranda is also announcing her newest client, Doua Moua!

Doua is best known for his menacing role as Fong/Spider in Clint Eastwood’s film Gran Torino for which The Star Tribune hailed him "a star in the making.” Soon, fans will get to see him play Po in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan. Doua has appeared on Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, ABC, The Sundance Channel, and CBS. As a screenwriter, Doua has received recognition for his scripts on the Cape List/Black List, as a We Screenplay Finalist, and an Acadamy Nicholl Fellowship Semi-Finalist. More at

Until we can announce more big news, here’s an interview with Doua Moua to tide you over.


Miranda: What was your favorite book as a kid? What did you like about it?

Doua: Frog and Toad! The reason I like this book series is because I grew up feeling like a Toad. Being an immigrant, as a first generation Hmong American, I felt different from all the other kids. I can relate to this book series because even a Toad can find friend in a big pond.

Miranda: Why do you want to write books for kids?

Doua: I’ve wanted to write a kids’ book ever since I had nieces and nephews. I want to inspire my nieces and nephews that the impossible is just a step away from saying “I’m possible.” All you need is to reach for the stars even if they’re millions of miles away. 

Miranda: In what ways are acting and screenwriting similar to writing books for kids? In what ways have you found it different so far?

Doua: The smiliarities of acting, screenwriting and writing kids book are storytelling and trying to build a world. The difference between them is perspective. With writing Kids’ books, the format is different. Even the kids’ books I grew up with are different from kids’ books nowadays. Kids’ perspectives nowadays are so much more advanced than when I grew up. 

Miranda: What are you working on, if you can share?  

Doua: I am currently working on four different screenplays and I continue to be inspired to write kids’ books that are relevant and poignant for the next generation. But I am also thinking about diving into potentially writing a graphic novel. If anyone has ideas for me, I would love to hear them all! 

Have a safe and happy weekend, everyone!

Here is a recipe for a fantastic book deal:

  • Take 1 animal-loving former vet-turned-nonfiction-author
    Add 1 dog-crazy superstar editor
    Stir in 1 New York Times bestselling illustrator

Yep, things are looking pretty good here in this book-kitchen!!

This is another book deal announcement day for the fabulously talented Sara Levine, whose talents come to the fore in many ways, but never more than when she is writing about her beloved four-legged friends. This book is a particular passion project, and will doubtless be of vital use to dog parents young and old.

Here is the deal announcement with ALL the info!

Emily Feinberg at Roaring Brook has acquired Sara Levine’s HOW TO SAY HELLO, with illustrations by Suzanne Kaufman. This fun and factual picture book will take a two-fold approach to teaching introduction and polite etiquette for both dogs and their humans. Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author and Alexandra Penfold at Upstart Crow Literary Agency represented the illustrator, for World rights. The book will publish in spring 2022.

Woohoo and three cheers for Sara and team!!

- Joan

There are some stories that grab you and reel you in, almost from their very first word. And that is exactly what happened with Lori Snyder’s gorgeous, evocative middle-grade adventure, THE CIRCUS AT THE END OF THE SEA: from the very first page, I was hooked. This is a story that lingers, that will settle under your skin and stick with you for a long time.

It’s also got one of the most adorable sidekick characters I have read yet: Ophelia the mimic octopus. You can’t wait to meet her, I promise!

Without further ado, here is the exciting deal announcement:

Tara Weikum at Harper Collins has acquired World rights to Lori Snyder’s debut, THE CIRCUS AT THE END OF THE SEA, a lush middle-grade adventure about a girl looking for somewhere to belong, who discovers a magical circus that’s dying—and she might be the only person who can heal it. The two-book deal was managed by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency, and will begin publication in Fall 2021.

Debut book deals are always special, friends – but this one is absolutely All The Things. Mark your calendars now and don’t miss it!

Congratulations, Lori!!!



Deborah Underwood

Not THOSE Wild Things (those belong to Sendak)! If you follow Deborah Underwood on social media at all, you are aware of her love of animals and nature, and of her chronicling of sightings of, and visits by, birds and other wild creatures to the Bay Area gardens and preserves she loves to visit, as well as her apartment in the city.

Deborah has always been one to write from the heart and explore the meaning of her own experiences, so it won’t be a surprise to hear that she’s written a picture book text about befriending wild things, and how difficult it is to walk a line and not pull them away from where they belong—in nature. 

LOVING WILD THINGS has been signed by Laura Godwin at Godwin books (publisher of several of Deborah’s books, including last year’s FINDING KINDNESS and this winter's DUCKS! Deborah has been fortunate to be matched with a lot of incredible illustrators, and this book is no exception. Laura matched the project with illustrator Kenard Pak (another Bay Area person!). Ken is much in demand, so we’re going to have to wait a bit for this one—but spring 2024 will be here before we know it!

Congratulations, Deborah!