Newbery Honor winning middle grade author Rajani LaRocca and her Super Agent Brent Taylor have collaborated to share Rajani's prolific collection of picture books and middle grade novels with the world, and in this interview, they share what that collaboration has looked like, what they looked for in an agent / client relationship, and inspire us with their joy over children's fiction. This was recorded BEFORE Rajani won the Newbery for Red, White, and Whole, so listen for talk of pre-award buzz...
After years of interning in trade book publishing, Brent Taylor joined Triada US in 2014 to assist Uwe Stender while building his own list of fiction and non-fiction for readers aged 0-18. He was promoted to associate agent in November 2015, to agent in April 2017, and to senior agent in October 2020. In 2019, Brent was named a Publisher’s Weekly Star Watch Honoree. Brent describes his reading tastes as upmarket: He’s passionate about books for young readers that are extremely well-written, robust with emotion, and appeal to a wide, commercial audience.
Newbery Honoree Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area, where she practices medicine and writes award-winning novels and picture books. She finds inspiration in her family, her childhood, the natural world, math, science, and just about everywhere she looks. To connect with Rajani and learn more about her and her books visit her at www.Rajani.LaRocca.com or @rajanilarocca on Twitter, Instagram, and Clubhouse.
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Much Ado About Baseball
Red, White, and Whole
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