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!

Alice and Rhiannon visit London Book Fair March 15 2019

Astound Agents

Our London Agents head to the London Book Fair as well as Celebrating with Maverick at their 10 Year Anniversary Party!


This week saw the return of the London Book Fair. Over 3 days both Alice and Rhiannon met with current clients, scouted out potential new clients as well as spotting the work of some of our Astounding Artists! There was real interest shown in what we had to offer with our varied range of talent.

Many of our clients were pleased to hear that our London team had grown – meaning our clients, previously dedicated to one agent, are now split between both Alice and Rhiannon. We are now able to provide more time to our clients, understanding their needs – financially, culturally as well as any tight schedules that need tackling quickly. We’re in the same time zone after all!

Highlights from the fair included having a meeting at the beautiful Usborne stand, spotting Alessia Trunfio’s new book from the Big Cat series ‘Tara Binns’ as well as spotting a couple of our artist’s work being shown from the Cheltneham Illustration Awards – Ana Sanfelippo and Hatiye Garip. Alice was particularly pleased with finding out Ana’s was her business card too!

LBF also perfectly timed with the party for Maverick’s 10 Year Anniversary. We’ve done a lot of work with Maverick over the years with many of our artist’s contributing to their Early Reader’s Series of which there are now 100. We spotted a fair few familiar names making up that 100.
We were also privileged to see the first hard copy of Alex Willmore’s new author/illustrated book ‘It’s my Sausage’ – which caught the eye of many people at the party!

Thank you to the Maverick team (Steve, Karen, Kim, India and Aimee) for a lovely evening and here’s to many more projects together!

And if you are interested in seeing some of our new work – in the form of the new pamphlets we are currently creating – let us know if you would like to arrange a meeting. Rhiannon will be in Bologna – but we are always happy to travel to come and see you and your team in the UK!


Astound Artist Agency Manhattan is a new kind of artist representation based in New York City.  We aim high – to Astound – by being the illustration agency with the best contemporary children’s book illustrators and greeting card designers that the industry has to offer. We connect publishers and artists from around the globe, with our Astound Illustration Agency London offices now open in the UK. Astound US – Drawn to better.