Sunday, February 4, 2018

Agent Panel: Kirsten Hall

Kirsten Hall is the one and only agent at Catbird Agency, Kirsten grew up in publishing and feels like she was born to do this. Catbird mostly focuses on artists and picture books. Kirsten is also an author herself.

Kirsten see trends in picture books being a better representation for marginalized voices as well as picture book biographies. In regards to the way picture books are going on to effect other genres, picture books readers are growing up to read middle grade and enjoying illustrations with those books, too. Kirsten sees Catbird reaching into that realm.

A lot of books that come out of Catbird are reactionary about what's going on in the world today, but they're also balanced by books that are pure entertainment.

Technology and social media impact Kirsten's work in a a lot of ways. She spends a great deal of time there. There are a lot of ideas and inspirations to be found on social media. It's also important to stay aware of the conversations happening there. It's a rich place, but also a super complicated place. 

Kirsten believes there could be a little bit more kindness on social media. Rejection comes at writers and illustrators a lot and it would be nice to not be rejected by peers. Kirsten hopes we can all champion each other. 

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