Thirteen years ago, on the day after Martin Luther King Day, I started my first full-time job in children's publishing as a marketing assistant and wide-eyed new arrival to New York City. In the intervening years, I set up a whole lotta conference booths; made friends with a myriad of librarians, educators, booksellers, and book creators; marveled over countless books; mailed out approximately a-zillion-and-three advanced copies to readers and reviewers; became an editor; spoke at a bunch of conferences; discovered and published some phenomenal authors and illustrators; acquired and edited #1 New York Times bestsellers and award winners and movie-makers; and took a temporary adventure into the world of tech and start-ups. Thirteen years later, I'm a richer (and incredibly lucky!) human, thanks to all of those experiences.
And thirteen years later, on the day after Martin Luther King Day, I'm starting again: this time as a literary agent, eager to contribute to the publishing industry in a whole new way, and to help guide the careers of authors and artists I haven't even met yet. I'm so excited. (And ready to read, and read, and read, your submissions.)
Here's to delightfully-circular career anniversaries and life pivots, friends!