Alli joined the Bright Group in April 2015 as Managing Agent, overseeing the growth of the business in the US and also managing a boutique list of trade authors and illustrators. She brings nearly ten years of experience as an editor of nonfiction and fiction for children of all ages, with a focus in trade picture book acquisition and development. A creator and facilitator by nature, she is happiest when helping Bright artists produce author/illustrated content. She also enjoys helping find the perfect illustrator for an editor or art director’s project.
“The best children’s stories are ones which both the young child and the out-loud reader can relate to,” she says. “When I read a great picture book as an adult, suddenly I become 5 years old again, with all the emotions, desires, and whimsy I felt at that age. And that’s what I always strive for while helping to create children’s books—to foster a shared experience between child and adult.”
Alli is always seeking new talent to add to her roster. Artists who have a twinkle of desire also to write, as well as confident author-illustrators, should get in touch. She appreciates when artists have a knack for storytelling through a blend and balance of artwork and text; a strong sense of narrative, character development, voice, pacing, motion, and emotion in their illustration and/or writing; and a desire to have tons of fun while working hard on what you love.
Publishers can come to Alli for fully author-illustrated trade picture book projects, with universal themes and solid, well-directed content. Her projects vary in tone, from offbeat to snuggly-sweet, from humorous to serious, from verging-on-commercial to high literary—and she relishes the wonderful variety that exists among her artists’ work and across the children’s literary landscape. She primarily represents Bright artists in the trade portfolio, but provides great service to editors and art directors to help them find exactly what they are looking for, no matter the project.
Alli represents artists with a wide range of styles for a wide range of age groups, and she prides herself on creating and maintaining great relationships with both artists and publishers so she can form a match made in publishing heaven.