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Eliza Kinkz signs with agent

Author photo of Eliza Kinkz, with five red plastic squid-tentacles stuck on each finger of her right hand, one of which rests against her chin.Congratulations to illustrator and Austin SCBWI member Eliza Kinkz on signing with an agent! She is now represented by Stephen Barr at Writers House. In recounting how she landed her agent, Eliza explains: “A good friend, the awesome author/illustrator Kenard Pak, recommended I contact him as he thought we may be a good fit.” The agent ultimately “decided he had to sign me after seeing a painting on my Instagram.”

Eliza has several pointers for as-yet-unagented illustrators. “My biggest advice is do the work first. Don’t worry at all about agents until you have a few PB dummies, a good illustration portfolio…basically whatever you’re trying to do, there should be multiple of it.”

Social media, especially Twitter and Instagram, are “excellent” tools for illustrators seeking agents, Eliza says. “Keep up with social media as best works for you, but don’t stress about it. If you post once a week, that’s totally fine as you’ll still build up an archive for an agent to see.”

Once you’re ready for an agent, she suggests that you “ask around, read interviews, and be thoughtful about who you apply to…I knew agents I would never apply to as I felt we would not be a good fit, and that’s totally OK.”

Finally, she says, “keep going…if you work hard, you’ll keep improving, and you’ll get there eventually. I’m cheering for you!!”