Welcome to the Nest!
Mary E. Cronin writes fiction and poetry from her home on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. She spent her early years in the Bronx, NY, where she fell in love with reading, writing, libraries, and black and white cookies. Mary crafts picture books and poetry collections... read more
Ebony Lynn Mudd writes picture books for underrepresented kids who don't see themselves in the media. She is intentional about the diversity of her son's bookshelf, and now she writes to contribute to the diversity in children's literature... read more
Sammi Spizziri writes YA contemporary from a small town in Illinois. She grew up in Ohio, where she earned a business degree from Bowling Green State University and became a CPA. While the Midwest feels like home, she has enjoyed studying abroad in Spain... read more
Isabel Morin began reading romances when she was thirteen years old. That's the year her grandmother came to visit, bringing with her a shopping bag filled with (very tame) Harlequin and Silhouette romance novels. Isabel was immediately and forever hooked... read more
Shelley Ann Jackson loves books, animals, children, art, yoga, and baked goods, but not always at the same time. She holds a BFA in Communication Design from the University of North Texas, an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from The School of Visual Arts... read more
Stephani grew up in the suburbs of Washington DC where she spent most of her time thinking up stories and writing family newsletters to her out-of-town grandparents. Grandparents are a fantastic audience.... read more
Release: Fall 2021
Author: Art Coulson
Blurb: This middle grade novel follows a Cherokee teen who travels to the hills of North Carolina with his family of storytellers and encounters a mysterious creature, unscrupulous treasure hunters, and a boulder with ancient writing that only he can read, which could be the key to the greatest mystery of all.
Title: Soraya and the Mermaid
Author: Salima Alikhan
Illustrators: Atieh Sohrabi & Jennifer Naalchigar
Release date: Nov. 6, 2020
According to Kirkus, "Alikhan pens a sweet story of a forming friendship and how there are positives to being different... Action, sea creatures, and a mermaid make this thoughtful adventure a delight."
Every Body Shines: New YA Anthology
Anthology Title: Every Body Shines
Work Title: Goalie
Editor: Cassandra Newbould
Work Author: Monique Gray Smith
Publication: Spring, 2021
RQLA client Monique Gray Smith contributes her short story "Goalie" to Every Body Shines, a YA anthology celebrating body diversity. "Goalie" tells the story of a girl named Jac, who moves to a new town following her father's death. Disguised as a boy, Jac joins the hockey team where, finding acceptance, she begins to rediscover her sense of self.
Title: Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids
Editor: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Illustrator: Nicole Neidhardt
Revealed: June 8, 2020
An exciting upcoming MG anthology with contributions from clients Monique Gray Smith and Art Coulson.
Title: Law & Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers
Author: Jacqui Lipton
Release date: August 4, 2020
Publisher: University of California
Agent Jacqui Lipton's upcoming release about navigating the legal landscape of contemporary publishing is available to order! Use code 17M6662 at checkout for 30% off.
Other News from the Flock
9/15/2020: Client Dionna Mann and agents Jacqui and Kelly discuss how they got into agenting, how Raven Quill was founded, and how a raven is like a writing desk. (Sort of.)
8/25/2020: The best and brightest middle grade novels hit the sweet spot between lightness and the big questions of life. Here’s one from VCFA grad Tziporah Cohen. I asked Tzippy if she’d tell me more about this whimsical, intelligent novel about 11-year-old Miriam who finds herself transplanted from New York City to the failing motel that her parents, most unreasonably, have chosen to run.
8/14/2020: Jacqui Lipton takes some time to reflect on her experiences as a writer and a facilitator in this 'Success Story' Writing Barn segment.
8/10/2020:The Book of Life is an interview-format podcast about Jewish kidlit, mostly. This episode features RQLA client Tziporah's upcoming debut middle grade novel, No Vacancy.
What's on our mind
Agents and clients talk shop across the web
Agent Jacqui Lipton's monthly Luna Station Quarterly column explores methods and strategies for writing with other people and organizations - as well as legal considerations to keep in mind. Whether you're co-authoring, writing for hire, or collaborating in another way, navigating partnerships can be a tricky but ultimately creatively rewarding experience!