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!

Who we are! Meet the Agents of Astound July 1 2019

Astound Agents

Who We Are! Meet the Astound Agent Team 2019


We at Astound are celebrating our fifth anniversary, and highest earning year of Astounding projects with Astounding artists and clients across the globe! Our tight knit team of illustration agents may come from unique backgrounds, but we all share an unparalleled love for what we do. With offices in New York City, and London, and now Singapore, our team comes together to recognize global trends and influences. We love working closely with both our children’s book illustrators and design illustrators to produce high quality board books, picture books, chapter books, magazines, greetings cards and other licensed products.


Meet our Team:

Emily Coggins, Managing Agent, has been working in artist representation with Astound since it was founded in April, 2014.  Before Astound, Emily held positions in both the fashion design industry, and in Public Relations at film festivals. After hearing about the opportunity to start a new boutique agency in her home city of New York, she jumped at the chance to go back to her art history major roots and take a job that surrounded her with art, everyday. Her dream job is one where business meets creativity, a definite characteristic of Astound. In her spare time she is out horse back riding, perusing local art galleries, hiking in the woods, playing with her cats Fluff and Zinnia, or traveling around the world. Today her passion is applying her visual eye to predict trends in the illustration world, and developing up and coming illustrator folios to work with their dream clients, and helping publishers match their manuscripts to their dream artists, resulting in best selling books.Global Agent Manager / Client territory: USA 

Aurora Meyer, Illustration Agent (US), planned on a creative career since preschool. She studied illustration at RISD and moved to Brooklyn shortly after graduation, where she taught art and worked as a freelance designer herself. She joined Astound in January 2016 and has since enjoyed helping other creative people find opportunities. Her background with children makes it especially fun to help develop the products her former students loved.  Client territories: USA / Canada

Kate Kendrick, Illustration Agent (US), has been artistic since childhood and always planned to pursue a career within the creative industry. She has her BA in Communication, Media Studies and Studio Art from DePauw University and MFA from University of Essex. Her past sales and teaching experience have been beneficial to the agent position. As an artist herself, she is passionate about developing artists’ portfolios so they may achieve their goals, and loves collaborating with clients. Kate is grateful to be a part of the Astound team! Client territories: USA / Mexico / South America

Rhiannon Davies, Illustration Agent, (UK), studied History of Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art and then launched into working on Film and TV sets, both in production and props. This experience gave her quite the appreciation for fast and often changing deadlines. Having worked freelance, she can sympathise with the artists and thus is committed to finding them work. After spending a summer in the South of France, it was going to take a pretty special opportunity to bring her back. Which is when Astound came along. She loves working with artists and seeing black and white written briefs come to life with their imaginations. In her spare time she enjoys sewing the clothes she can’t find/afford in the shops. But the best days are getting out and about in the English countryside on a pub walk with her dog Reg. Client territories: UK / EU/ Australia / Africa

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.