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 Publishing in 2020! December 9 2019

Astound Agents

The Astound Team Get Together to Discuss 2020!

This December the Astound agents from the London and New York offices got together in the Big Apple to strategise for another year of providing the publishing world with some of the best illustration talent around! Whilst gathered, the team discussed how and most importantly where, we would be making even better deals than this year, so we are pleased to announce our agents can be found at the following publishing shows in 2020! Please note however, there are always more things that we can and will be attending, so watch this space and hey, maybe ask us to come to a show if you’d like to see us there?


  • February 8th-9th – SCBWI Winter Conference
  • February 22nd-25th – Toy Fair NYC
  • March 10th-12th – London Book Fair
  • March 30th – April 2nd – Bologna Children’s Book Fair
  • May 27th- 29th – Book Expo America
  • October 14th – 18th – Frankfurt Book Fair


If you’ll be at any of these shows in the coming year don’t hesitate to get in touch and book a meeting with one of us! We love a busy show and if we have a quick meeting at one show, we can certainly get you another more substantial one at the next. We prepare for these shows with new and updated pamphlets so there’s always something you haven’t seen yet!


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.