Thursday, February 7, 2013

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New Laika film: The Boxtrolls

A very proud day! Back in 2000, a talented artist friend showed me the very first drawings for a book that was to become Here Be Monsters. It went on to be published by my colleagues at Oxord University Press in the UK and by Simon and Schuster in the US. Six years later, I showed the book to my new colleagues at Laika, the animation studio famous for making Coraline and Paranorman. Henry Selick, who was our Supervising Director at the time, championed the book and we went on to fight a close-run auction for the rights.

I was privileged to work with some talented screenwriters developing the story from a multi-layered illustrated book into the very different medium of an animated film. Today the movie was formally announced, with Tony Stacchi and Graham Annable directing. I cannot wait to see how it looks!

Exciting news!

I am delighted to tell you my news! I have joined the Transatlantic Agency bringing my clients with me. Transatlantic is based in Toronto, Canada, with branches in the US and the Netherlands. You can link to it here:

This is a wonderful opportunity: Transatlantic provide 20 years of expertise and international experience. It allows me to spend time doing what I enjoy most: encouraging and supporting writers and illustrators to do their best work creatively!

I am actively looking to grow my list, so please send submissions to me at