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 hits Bologna Children’s Book Fair and LBF 2018 April 13 2018

Astound Agents

The Highlights from Astound Illustration Agencies 2018 Book Fair Tour 

It’s been a busy few weeks for Astound Agents Nicole and Rachel who have jetted off to book fairs on both foreign and home soil. Around this time each year the Astound team visit Bologna Children’s Book Fair and the London Book Fair to meet with publishers and artists from around the globe. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet with people who are equally as passionate about children’s books and to put plans into motion for exciting new projects!

With an overflowing schedule of meetings, our Astound Agents had the opportunity to meet with several new clients as well as catching up with some of our old favourites! It was a pleasure to share our new portfolios, matching up each publisher with a tailored list of Astound artists. We were also able to share our artist’s new author/illustrator story ideas, which received plenty of interest. If you missed a chance to meet with Astound Illustration Agency, you can check out our new artists here and our collection of inventive, available story ideas here.

One of our favourite parts of attending these book fairs is seeing our artists hard work come to life. This year we excited to see a huge range our artists newly printed titles for the first time. This included Alex Willmore‘s AdoraBull for Maverick, Hilli Kushnir‘s Clap Hands series for Pat-a-cake and Julie Colombet‘s The Society of Distinguished Lemmings for Templar.

As always, we loved meeting up with so many of our #AstoundingArtists including Daniela Dogliani, Chiara Fedele and Francesca Resta, to name a few. It was great to meet face to face and thank them for the commitment they’ve given to each of their Astound projects. Nicole and Rachel also did a number of portfolio reviews for up and coming book illustrators, on the scout for new talent to join the Astound team – so keep your eyes peeled for new signings!

While we are missing beautiful Bologna already, there’s no time to put our feet up with lots of follow ups and inspiring new collaborations in the works for Astound Illustration Agency!  Please share your own best moments, favourite photos, and personal inspirations from #BolognaBookFair and LBF with us by tweeting @astound_us #BookFairTour2018

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Astound Artists 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.