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Brenda Bowen is lucky enough to represent some of the most talented children’s book authors and artists the business (for a full list, click the Clients tab at left). Her clients include writers and illustrators of picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade and teen fiction; she also represents a select list of clients who write for the adult trade market. Brenda happily sells literary fiction, picture books, mass market series, and electronic books. She has eclectic taste.
Brenda represents authors and illustrators who are national and international bestsellers, as well as winners of Newbery and Caldecott awards. Before becoming a literary agent in the summer of 2009, Brenda held a variety of positions during her 25-plus years in children’s publishing. She has been editorial director of Henry Holt & Books for Young Readers, Scholastic Press, Disney/Hyperion, and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.
A past member of the board of directors of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and of the Children’s Book Council, Brenda is now an active member of SCBWI and of the Authors Guild and the Association of Authors’ Representatives. Under the penname Margaret McNamara, she has written a number of award-winning children’s books, and is herself represented by Greenburger Associates. She lives with her family in New York City, and spends as much of the summer as she can in Maine.
Currently on her bedside table: The First Bad Man, by Miranda July (Knopf).