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Alisha Gabriel signs with literary agent

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Alisha Gabriel on signing with an agent!  She is now represented by Heather Cashman at Storm Literary Agency.

Alisha is a music educator and the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction in the picture-book to middle-grade age ranges.  She found her agent as she was querying her latest project, Funky Fungi.

Headshot of Alisha Gabriel against green leafy background

“This summer,” she says, “I asked a long-time critique partner if she wanted to co-author a MG NF book with me about fungi.  She agreed.  We developed a proposal and wrote the first chapter, sent it to an editor, and he responded with an offer of publication.  Since my co-author and I had both started subbing our PB manuscripts to a handful of agents, we reached out to let them know of the offer of publication.  Another long-time critique partner knows agent Heather Cashman at Storm Literary Agency and strongly encouraged me to reach out to her.  Heather has a degree in biochemistry and was looking for MG NF projects.  She emailed me back a few hours after I sent her the proposal for Funky Fungi.  We talked on the phone a few days later and really connected.  That’s when she offered me representation.  I took ten more days to notify the other agents of her offer of representation and asked Heather a lot of questions.  Heather and Vicki Selvaggio, a senior agent at Storm Literary, graciously and thoroughly answered all of my questions.  Then I accepted her offer of representation and she proceeded to negotiate terms with the editor.  Soon I should be able to announce who’s going to publish Funky Fungi, and when!”
Alisha also notes that the SCBWI community has been a help along the way.  “I really appreciate all of the support from Austin SCBWI over the years. I look forward to a time when we can all gather in person again!”