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Managing Agents

Working with children’s picture book authors and illustrators, Managing Agents provide development and editorial support whilst establishing creative direction and strategy for their artists’ work internationally. With a wealth of industry experience and expertise, they are instrumental in fostering prize-winning publishing partnerships and in raising the profile of the creative talent they represent.

Anne Moore Armstrong

Anne Moore Armstrong

Curating a boutique list of artists who illustrate picture books, young fiction and YA covers, Anne specializes in trade children’s book publishing, having worked in the industry for over 20 years at Little, Brown and Candlewick Press as a book designer and art buyer. Anne is visually adept in helping clients find an artist who can meet both their esthetic needs and printer deadlines. She continuously develops her artists’ portfolios building upon their strengths and looks for new talent who she can mentor into strong children’s book professionals.

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Arabella Stein

Arabella Stein

Representing award-winning and best-selling illustrators and authors, both established and at the beginning of their careers, Arabella is particularly drawn to artwork with an immediate and unforgettable impact; individual, yet relatable characters and a strong narrative.

Arabella is able to inspire and encourage artists and authors – setting up long lasting collaborations with publishers internationally.

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James Burns

James Burns

James specializes as an agent in commercial illustration based in the US Bright office. With proven success in his management skills with external and internal stakeholders, James provides fuss-free creative solutions across all genres of children’s literature. He has built a reputation in publishing by understanding the needs of his commercial and fictional audience - not to mention his warm and approachable personality.

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Agents

Our experienced and highly-motivated agents pride themselves on their commitment to forging the most successful partnerships between artists and clients to sustain long-term success, internationally and across multiple platforms.

Focusing on strategy and creative direction, Bright agents support artists to deliver exceptional artwork, to brief and on schedule, and provide clients with a reliable, attentive and proactive point of contact throughout projects to ensure a consummately professional experience for all, from start to finish.

Freddie Dawson

Freddie Dawson

Children’s Illustration Agent (UK)

Freddie focuses on trade picture books in Bright’s Children’s Illustrations. She brings her personable, efficient and creative approach to pairing artists with publishers and ensuring projects run smoothly. Having previously worked at Book Trust, she has a wealth of experience in the children’s book market and knowledge of engaging young children with stories. Picture books combine her love storytelling and gorgeous artwork, and she particularly enjoys seeing character sketches transform into beautiful new books.

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Lucie Luddington

Lucie Luddington

Senior Education Agent

Well respected within her industry she works with dedication for a global roster of artists and clients around the clock. Deeply knowledgeable she has a strong instinct for her market, building fantastic relationships on the way with her energetic and fun personality.

Lucie enjoys every aspect of what she does, and above all thrives off the joy of matching an artist with a suitable client and commission; defining the ultimate partnership for both parties. Watching her illustrators fulfil their dreams is wonderful for Lucie, and in turn fulfills her own creative flair.

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Nicky Lander

Nicky Lander

Senior Children’s Illustration Agent (UK)

Senior agent for Children’s and Fiction illustration, Nicky works with clients in the UK, Europe, Australia and Asia. Having worked across all formats in both mass-market and trade publishing, Nicky has a strong knowledge of what it takes to get a book from the initial stages, through acquisition and delivery, and finally to publication. Nicky has experience in format and artwork creation and also has great knowledge of production requirements; from pre-school, novelty, storybooks and activity projects, all the way through to early fiction and teen fiction, Nicky is well-versed to be able to meet client needs. 

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Robyn Newton

Robyn Newton

Children’s Illustration Agent (UK)

Robyn works with clients throughout the UK. Her passion for children’s books and their integral place in the lives of young readers makes her a highly enthusiastic and supportive agent. Her in-depth knowledge of the book creation process from years spent in book publishing means that she has experience with just about any book format you can think of and can always be relied upon for an efficient and creative approach.

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Susan Penny

Susan Penny

Susan has been representing artists since 2016, diligently assisting her clients to produce illustrated books that leave a lasting impression on their young readers. Out of a passion for the value of illustration, she has built up an exceptional knowledge of Bright’s portfolios and works closely with artists to develop their artwork in new directions to attract fresh opportunities. Deeply attentive to her clients’ needs, she is driving forward the growth of Bright Educational, and goes above and beyond to ensure the correct creative match on each project.

With an academic background, her Bachelor degree in Law and subsequent legal secondments in Europe, Asia Pacific, China and Africa inform her approach to the commercial and advocacy aspects of any given collaboration. She can be relied upon to think analytically and manage each project to a successful finsh for both client and artist.

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