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.
“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!”