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!

Me and My Book 2! October 14 2019

Publishing Featurette

More of Our Artists Proudly Show Off Their Published Books from 2019!

We love seeing our artists and their published work. When the hard work that’s been put in comes full circle! We’ve had so many artists have their exciting projects published that this is our second blog. You can see more in the one featured last month here.

Take a look through the gallery at some of the exciting projects our artists have worked on. Have you seen these in a book shop near you?


Geneva Bowers – Beyoncé: Shine Your Light by Sarah Warren, HMH Books for Young Readers, June 2019

Hannah Marks – The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood, Dial Books (Penguin), April 2019 and Pumpkin Power by Patricia Cleveland-Peck, Bloomsbury, September 2019

John Joseph – Good Night, Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2019

Kat Uno – Out of this World and Zoom to the Moon, Pat-a-Cake, March 2019

Letizia Rizzo – The Underwear Wolf by Clare Helen Welsh, Maverick Publishing, January 2019

Monica De Rivas – Scrappy Church by Thom S. Rainer, B&H Publishing, February 2019 and The Great Outdoors, by Cath Jones, Franklin Watts, June 2019

Nadja Sarell – The One and Only Wolfgang, Steve Greig & Mary Rand Hess, Zonderkidz/HarperCollins, October 2019

Nina De Polonia – Nill – Who’s Who at School and This is My School by Mark Weakland, Capstone, 2019

Rea Zhai – Parker Bell and the Science of Friendship by Cynthia Platt, Clarion Books, May 2019

Sara Gianassi – Return to the Secret Garden by Holly Webb, Sourcebooks, Inc., February 2019

Sara Lynn Cramb – National Trust: Out and About Night Explorer by Robyn Swift, Nosy Crow, July 2019

Shane Crampton – Cavegirl by Abie Longstaff, Bloomsbury, September 2019

Srimalie Bassani – How Do Computers Follow Instructions? by J.T. Liso, Flowerpot Press, 2019

Sumi Collina – The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame & Stephanie Moss, Igloo Books, November 2018

Yee Von Chan – A Father’s Love by Hannah Holt, Philomel Books, April 2019


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.