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!

Astound in Bologna: Highlights from the 2015 Children’s Book Fair April 9 2015

Astound Agents

We are already missing the lovely city of Bologna and are back this week with our favorite highlights and inspiration – in no particular order – from Astound’s successful debut at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair! We’re excited to share some of the many wonderful aspects of the fair and it is certainly hard to narrow it down. Please share your own best moments, favorite photos, and personal inspirations from the #BolognaBookFair with us by tweeting @astound_us  #kids-illustration 


Face-time with Publishers from Around the World

20150330_175517The Bologna Children’s Book Fair has been a great opportunity to meet the children’s book industry’s top publishers, authors, influencers, and, of course, artists in person – there was so much to see and soak in! Agents Emily and Helen met up with many publishers at booths decorated with hilarious and inspiring illustration, and in the various20150401_120616 cafes. This year, Bologna enjoyed a week of warm, sunny weather during the fair, and just by sitting outside in the courtyards between the halls, the artists’ folios inspired conversation and impromptu meetings with international publishers always on the lookout for new talent. We discussed original book ideas, trends in children’s publishing, and learned about exciting new projects to come.

Although it was our first time attending the book fair, Astound and all the talented artists whom we represent had already generated a lot of recognition, interest, and curiosity!  Aside from meeting many new publishers who were very interested in all the talented artists from Astound, we also had the opportunity to see many of the projects and published books on which our artists have been working!

Above left: Creative and quirky artwork displays inspire us! On right: Just one of the many lovely sightings of works by #AstoundingArtists at the fair. Carles Ballesteros’s lively children’s illustrations come to life in a fire station playbox. Our excitement amuses the publishers but proves infectious.



Inspiring Exhibits

Astound’s debut at Bologna coincided with the celebration of Bologna Book Fair’s 50th Anniversary, as well as Alice in Wonderland’s 150th “birthday”! Between meetings, we visited and were inspired by the various galleries of illustration and books that have defined, changed, and in every way made a lasting impact on children’s publishing.


Above: A tantalizing look at some of the children’s books at the exhibition for this year’s Guest of Honor at the book fair, Croatia. 


       It was hard to tear ourselves away!

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Meeting up with Artists

We were perhaps most excited to talk with artists in person and especially with the artists of Astound! It was a busy four days for everyone, but it was a huge pleasure to see Barbara Nascimbeni, Chiara Fedele, Filippo Vanzo, Cinzia Battistel, Valeria Frustaci, Jorge Monlongo, Marie Quentrec, and Claudia Leal. In the author’s cafe, near the exhibits, or in the courtyard, we were incredibly happy to finally meet many of the most creative people we have the privilege of knowing through Astound. Beyond emails and even Skyping, at the end of the day, it is always wonderful to speak face-to-face!

After meeting so many uniquely talented illustrators and artists at the fair (and being swept away by the art on the Illustrators’ Wall), we return even more inspired.

Above left: Emily meeting with Filippo Vanzo and Chiara Fedele. 


Original Storybooks …

We were looking forward to Bologna for months to debut several new, original book ideas from our artists, which Astound Agent Emily will also be taking to the London Book Fair. Here’s a teaser…



Farewell for now, but we’ll see you again in Bologna next year!

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