Kelly Sonnack came to the Andrea Brown Literary Agency after nearly three years with the Sandra Dijkstra Agency. Prior to that, Kelly worked for the publishing giant Reed Elsevier, where she served as an Acquisitions Editor under the Academic Press imprint.
As an agent, Kelly specializes in all types of children's literature (picture books, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels). In picture books and middle grade fiction, Kelly looks for a good sense of humor, stories that stretch a young reader's imagination, and an authentic voice. In young adult, she appreciates literary voices and and character-driven stories with heart but is also drawn to dystopian, light science-fiction, and other well-crafted fantasy. In non-fiction for children, she enjoys projects that inspire and stimulate the minds of our younger generations. At this time, Kelly is not accepting submissions of adult fiction or adult non-fiction.
Some of the titles Kelly has represented include Steve Watkins' Golden Kite Winner DOWN SAND MOUNTAIN and his next YA novel WHAT COMES AFTER (both with Candlewick); Anna Sheehan's debut YA novel A LONG, LONG SLEEP (Candlewick); Carolyn Marsden's next two middle-grade novels STARFIELDS (Candlewick) and THE WHITE ZONE (Carolrhoda/Lerner); James Burks' graphic novel GABBY AND GATOR (Yen Press/Hachette) and his picture book BEEP AND BAH (Carolrhoda/Lerner); Neil Johnson & Joel Chin's picture book THE FALLING RAINDROP (Tricycle/RH); Candace Ryan's picture books ANIMAL HOUSE and RIBBIT RABBIT (both with Walker); and Bridget Heos' upcoming nonfiction picture book series starting with WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING LARVAE (Millbrook/Lerner).
Kelly is a frequent speaker at conferences, including SCBWI's national and chapter conferences.
Member since 2002
Region: California: San Diego
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