Astounding artist representation
Drawn to better

About us

Astound US Inc is a new kind of Artist Representation business based in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, and now with offices in London.

We aim high - to Astound - by being the Agency with the best in contemporary children's book illustration, and both licensing and commercial art from around the world.

We back that up with excellence in every aspect: from the first presentation, to how we project manage, and all the way through to how we invoice.

We Astound by being good at what we do with a snappy, can-do, enthusiastic, talented and creative attitude. And yes, we're not expensive.

All those things that make for an 'astounding' outcome.

Our promise to artists: career advancement with the right clients, regular creative guidance, strong administrative support and on time payment

Drawn to better.

Be drawn to better.

No matter where you are in the world or at whichever stage of your freelance artist career you may be, we're passionate about helping your career be more successful and rewarding by creating the art you love most! We are on your side: we'll give you insider's tips and client feedback for your folio development, and also introduce you directly to leading children's publishing houses, greeting card companies, jigsaw puzzle and game manufacturers, poster and decorative product suppliers (tableware, stationery)… the list goes on!

We're here to discuss the artistic direction you'd like to pursue and make that a reality with you.

Our positive relationships with our artists have made us the most rapidly growing Artist Agency in New York, possibly the USA. Here in the center of the publishing world, we are just a few subway stops away from the biggest brands worldwide, but we don't stay local - our agents travel everywhere to showcase your portfolio (and custom-made promotional materials!), from coast to coast in the USA, to major fairs in Europe: Frankfurt, Bologna, London and beyond.

We spread the word about your talent through personalized mail-outs, regular correspondence with close contacts in the industry, and online campaigns in addition to our state of the art site - all free to you!

Our partnership with Collaborate Agency's highly experienced team of editors and designers means that we can also support you in developing original children's book ideas into full-fledged storybooks and presentations, which we bring to the biggest children's book fairs of the year.

Best of all, we make sure you're paid right on time.

Astound us! If you'd like to learn more and be represented by Astound US, please email with a sampling of your favorite pieces (8-10 .jpgs under 2MB each).

Astound Team!

2019 in Review & 2020 Preview January 27 2020

Astound Agents

Dear clients and friends,

2019 was a truly #astounding year for us, internationally! We have a full team of 5 agents who work together to reach every corner of the globe. Our illustrator list grew to match the expanding needs of our publishers, and we in turn had a very profitable year. Most importantly, it was a fabulous year for Astound in the news!

We had some big things happen in 2019, including:

- We were honored to be asked for an Astound artist to illustrate Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, His Holiness the Dalai Lama‘s first picture book  The Seed of Compassion.  It was peacefully illustrated by Bao Luu for Penguin’s Kokila imprint.

- We earned #1 New York Times Bestseller (again) this time for: Good Night, Little Blue Truck, illustrated by John Joseph for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 

- We had fun with the David Bowie book, Let’s Dance, words adapted from David Bowie’s original lyrics, illustrated by Hannah Marks for Running Press, Hachette. 

- And we commemorated the moon landing, garnering much attention, and a long streak on the bestseller list, with Moon’s First Friends, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli for Sourcebooks.

We have numerous beautiful projects in the works that will be debuting in 2020, and we can’t wait to see what new projects our publishers have in store for us. Our illustrators are eager to be part of the next big thing, and we are proud to represent such a diverse group of illustrators.  We even have an agent specifically working with countries in the EU, and another in Asia, who will be expanding our business abroad. 

If you are curious about where we will be in 2020, please check out our show dates to see if we’ll be in a city near you in the coming seasons. Publishing events we are attending may be found here. And licensing / greeting card events here.

2020 will feature more author / illustrated works available for publishing, an expanded Greeting Card and Licensing division, and will continue on the path of diversifying and growing our artist list to suit the needs of the changing children’s book industry. As always, we remain drawn to better.



Emily Coggins

Manager Astound