Mary Cummings
Agent for Kids Books


If you are reading this you are probably a "book person," with passion for writing (and, perhaps, illustrating), reading and sharing children's books. You may have experienced - or dream of experiencing - the incredible joy of seeing something you wrote become a book that gets out into the world and into the hands of kids and teens. That describes me, too.

Although the agency is located in California, I work from my home in Minnesota. For fourteen years I was Education Director at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. At the Loft I curated an annual Festival of Children's Literature, and hired judges for the McKnight Award in Children's Literature from among the nation's top editors of children's books. On many occasions, I hired Betsy Amster to teach workshops at the Loft and, in 2008, joined the agency to bring contacts and expertise in children's lit. Many star-reviewed, inspiring books later, and more in the pipeline - I'm still having lots of fun!

Houses I've sold book projects to include, among others:

HarperCollins; Little, Brown; Feiwel and Friends; Abrams; Knopf; Henry Holt; Imprint; Holiday House; Farrar, Straus Children's; Running Press Kids; Peter Pauper Press; WorthyKids; Philomel; Random House Children's; Viking; David Godine; Walker; and Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster.

Check out my articles on this site to learn about how I work with clients; what kinds of manuscripts excite me; some mistakes I see (every day!) in query letters and in writing; and more.


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