Book Deal Announcement!

I got a book deal! Arghh!

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Huuuge news!
I'm so happy I can finally share this! A week after singing with my agent she got a very exciting email from Simon and Schuster - and I am so thrilled to announce I have a book deal!! I will be illustrating Rescuing Ms. Birdley by Aaron Reynolds, coming out summer 2020 with Simon and Schuster! It’s a very funny book about a little girl called Miranda who loves nature - I couldn’t have asked for a book more up my street, and I am loving working on it.

Simon and Schuster are a dream publisher, and I was over the moon when Justin got in touch with my agent Thao to ask if I'd like to illustrate a book for them. I've spent the last two years working on my picture book dummy and children's portfolio in my spare time alongside my character design job and teaching - so this is the best feeling. All of this happened so quickly and I was in shock for a few days!
I am beyond thrilled, and I am so, so excited to illustrate my first book, a dream since I was very small!

Thank you so much to everyone for all of the support - I've been working really hard and it's been tough and exciting! Every kind message of enthusiasm for what I do has helped encourage me and get to this!

I have an agent!

Exciting news!

I am absolutely delighted to announce that I now have an agent! I am represented by the brilliant Thao Le of Sandra Dijkstra literary agents! Thao DM'd me on Twitter almost exactly two years ago about my characters, and we got in touch again about my picture book 'Amara and the Bats' I've written and illustrated. I started working on Amara two years ago in my spare time around commissioned work, and have been ramping things up with it in the last 6 months. I'm so excited to be a step closer to fulfilling my dream of having my own book published.

Let's make some books! I am so happy :D

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A little about me

Welcome to my blog! 

Here I will chart my latest illustration adventures, talking about my latest projects, events and what I've been up to. I'll also be sharing my thoughts on the industry and writing blog posts to help others, whether you're a beginner, recent graduate, or a seasoned pro looking for a change.

So, a little about me to begin with -

My name is Emma, and I'm a freelance illustrator and author working mainly in children's books. I am also a character designer and have worked in animation for 6 years on many award winning productions and children's television series.

I am inspired by nature, history, animals, exploration, encouraging STEM, and seeing the magic in the everyday.

I think I am secretly a grandma because I love watching murder mysteries on television with a blanket and sipping Chambord. My favourite food is pizza. And I love bears, bats and cats, walking in the wild, and travelling the world.

 

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