He started in children's books almost 20 years ago, working at Harcourt and HarperCollins in high positions. He's edited Bruce Hale, Jane Yolen, Bruce Coville and many others. He joined Firebrand, a 3-year-old agency which includes Michael and three other agents, who are building their lists.
He feels the recent layoff and changes in the publishing world is something of a market correction. When we first started picture books were huge, and things have shifts to midgrade and YA. The market rebounds and changes, but editors are still buying books.