Celebrating Another Great Year at Bright USA!

Happy Birthday

Illustration by Fiona Woodcock

Thanks to our artists and publishers for helping us achieve such success for another year! With our London office cheering us on every step of the way, we’ve reached some incredible heights these past few years… and we’re excited about what’s to come. Here are just a few of our highlights:

This year we made these top deals…

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…we shared some great news…

  • Katy Hudson’s Too Many Carrots was a smashing success, landing the #1 spot on the Publishers Weekly Bestsellers List for 3 weeks and counting! It was also selected twice as a Barnes and Noble featured title on special promotion and received a number of positive reviews
  • 4 Bright artists were featured in the 2016 Society of Illustrators Original Art Show – David Litchfield, Benji Davies, Jarvis, Yasmeen Ismail. The Original Art Show is an annual exhibit created to showcase illustrations from the year’s best children’s books published in the U.S.
  • We hosted yet another smashing Holiday Party at our brand new Midtown office
  • Anne Moore Armstrong shared great insight about the path an artist can take from art school to book publication
  • James Burns was featured on Penguin Art Director Giuseppe Castellano’s blog to discuss the importance of having an agent behind you
  • We trekked across the globe to meet with publishing partners, attend book fairs, present at conferences, visit artists, broaden our Bright network, and attend the annual Bright Artist Picnic
Bright Picnic

Bright Artists and Agents all together for last summer’s Artist Picnic in London

As we celebrate another Bright USA birthday, I am delighted to sit back for a moment and reflect on how we’ve grown over the last 5 years, with a permanent office and team in place for the last 2. We’re now a mighty team of five, with a roster of over 50 talented artists who live in America, a sunlight-filled midtown office space, and a great deal of bestsellinghighly recognized, top-quality books out there in the world. I’m also so proud of our USA agents—James, Anne, and Robbin—as they skillfully team up artists and publishers, as well as pitch amazing original Bright author-illustrated content. This coming year, we look forward to seeing even more great work between our artists and publishers, digging up more highly talented American artists, expanding the US team, hosting another awesome holiday party, and reaching as many readers as we possibly can!

- Alli Brydon, Head of US Office

…we published some incredible books…

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Written and illustrated by Smiljana Coh
Published with Running Press

Sleep Tight FarmIllustrated by Becca Stadtlander
Published with Chronicle Books

GiraffesIllustrated by Chris Robertson
Published with Bloomsbury

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Written and illustrated by Jennie Poh
Published with Capstone Young Readers

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Illustrated by David Litchfield

Published with Clarion Books

Where do Pants Go?Illustrated by Chris Robertson
Published with Sterling Publishing

 

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Illustrated by Dave Mottram
Published with Running Press


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Illustrated by Julianna Swaney

Published with Groundwood Books

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Illustrated by Fiona Woodcock
Published with Sterling Publishing

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Illustrated by Daniel Rieley
Published with HarperCollins

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 10.13.56 AMWritten and illustrated by Julia Patton
Published with Albert Whitman & Company

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 10.12.14 AMIllustrated by Jen Hill
Published with Abrams/Amulet

Hiding Heidi
Written and illustrated by Fiona Woodcock
Published with Little Bee Books

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 10.07.32 AMWritten and illustrated by Clive McFarland
Published with HarperCollins

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Written and illustrated by Katy Hudson
Published with Random House Children’s Books


Spring for SophieIllustrated by Jen Hill
Published with Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

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Illustrated by Smiljana Coh

Published with Sky Pony
A New York Times Bestseller!

 

It’s easy to celebrate another year for Bright in the US, as I so enjoy working as a US team together and look forward to securing book deals for our multi-talented artists. From their personality packed characters to rough story dummies to full blown beautiful picture book art—the range, quality and quantity of what Bright USA artists offer our clients worldwide is astounding  and I am so proud to help grow their artistic careers as a part of this dynamic, creative agency.

 

- Anne Moore Armstrong, Creative Agent


…we recruited top talent - and here are just a few…

Robert J Blake
Robert J. Blake

Kate Pugsley

Kate Pugsley

Hatem Aly
Hatem Aly


Junyi Wu
Junyi Wu 

Luisa UribeLuisa Uribe

Michael Lauritano
Michael Lauritano

Alexandria Neonakis
Alexandria Neokakis

Jon Lau

Jon Lau

Aura Lewis

Aura Lewis

It very much feels like I get to celebrate every day at Bright USA. It’s not hard to imagine why, from the amazing roster of creatives I represent to the good and the great of stateside publishing. Looking back at the last two years in the NY based office, I can only smile at all that the Bright family has achieved. Truth be told, I get a little giddy at what the next few years will bring.

- James Burns, Senior Agent

…and welcomed two new members to our team!

Robbin

Robbin Brosterman
Associate Agent

“Bright is the perfect name for this creative talent agency. The Bright artists and team radiate a sunny, light, glittering approach to all they do! It’s a joy to work with our incredible talent and team!”

Kate Sederstrom
Publishing Associate

“In my young professional life, I’ve yet to encounter kinder, more passionate people as those who work in children’s books. The good vibes permeate the atmosphere at Bright. I’m so thrilled to be a part of a company which celebrates children’s literature to inspire incredible art.” 


And now we’re off to BEA! If you’ll be at the conference and would like to celebrate with us and see the latest portfolio, please get in touch!