Drawn to Books
We are a small picture book Agency with big ideas. We specialize in picture books for children and illustrated books for all ages. Based in Milan, the original mission of the Agency was to package and sell editorial projects by Italian artists into the international market, but over time our mission expanded. We are now honoured to represent authors and illustrators from Italy, France, England, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, Poland, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, and the United States, selling rights worldwide.
Representing an eclectic selection of debut and award-winning authors and illustrators, our clients' books have won numerous awards and garnered starred reviews in prestigious publications. We are also proud to represent the North American rights of selected children's books produced by the dynamic Spanish packager Zahorí.
We actively assist our clients in all phases of the editorial and publishing process, providing hands-on editorial support, art direction, and expertize in pitching projects and negotiating contracts.
Born in Los Angeles to a spirited Japanese mom and an unconventional American Jewish dad, I grew up in a sleepy suburb of Northern California, now the hub of the Silicon Valley. After earning a degree in Political Science at the University of California in San Diego, and working at a language school in San Francisco, I moved to Italy to teach English in 1992. While carrying on with my teaching, I enrolled in an invaluable three-year photography program at the Istituto Riccardo Bauer in Milan. My background in photography and the visual arts landed me my first job in publishing, working for the contemporary art publisher Charta, where I learned the ABCs of bookmaking and bookselling. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with artists such as Marina Abramovic and Shirin Neshat. I moved on to work for the art publisher Skira, managing their international sales and distribution, and then for 5 Continents Editions where, among other things, I edited a series of books on design, co-published with the Museum of Modern Art of New York. After twelve years of publishing and two years of project management for a design studio, I founded my Agency in 2011. When asked what makes a good agent, my one-word reply is: vision.
Born and raised in a small town in the Italian Alps, with a greater affinity for books than skis, I moved to Pavia where I graduated in Italian Literature and Art History with a dissertation on the children’s books of Bruno Munari. I furthered my education studying Illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts of Macerata, in the Ars in Fabula Master Program, before working as a press officer for a local theatre and jazz festival, an assistant and driver for the Swaziland committee at the London 2012 Olympic Games, an intern at the Italian Association of Illustrators, and a copywriter for the art publisher Skira. I continued to cultivate my passion for illustration and published my first two children’s books in 2014. In the same year, I met Debbie at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Since then our professional partnership has grown and, in 2016, I started working for DBA. Being an illustrator and a publishing professional, I strive to bring a different point of view to the Agency.
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© Gaia Stella, Mes Endroits à Moi (Grasset Jeunesse, 2017)