Saturday, January 9, 2016

Casts Resurrect Blog! (i.e. I've Got an Announcement!)

Hello Again!

What's it been? Seven years since my first and last post here? Well, I must admit I just wanted to stake a claim to this blog's url in case I ever needed it.

And it seems I finally need it... at least that's what my new agent says... oh, right... I should make an official announcement about that so here it goes:

First off, I hope you all are having a  Happy New Year

As for myself, I wanted to share some good news with you. 

After almost a decade of working on various children's literature projects including PBs, chapter books, MG, and YA stories. I finally got an agent! Her name is Nicole Resciniti from the Seymour Agency.  :cloud9

How did I snag such an awesome agent? Well, I just happened to enter Michelle Hauck and Sharon Chriscoe's PBParty contest last year and had my PB (TOO TIRED TO TELL A STORY) chosen for the agent round. Seven agents and editors requested the full story and of those I had three offer to work with and/or represent me. I must say it was a crazy week after the first offer with lots of emails and phone calls from various agents

After so many rejections, I sort of felt weird knowing I'd have to turn down not just one agent, but two. However, it did give me a better understanding of what agents go through when they are torn between saying, "Yes!" or "No." to prospective clients. Anyway, after talking with the agents, I eventually decided to accept Nicole's offer of representation and I am very happy to be part of the Seymour Agency family of authors.  

Of course, now the hard part starts... revisions and more revisions! But I'm excited to see what this good news brings in the coming months and years.
For those who are still seeking representation, never give up! I can't tell you how many times I had my stories rejected, but it was a lot over the past decade. However, persistence pays off and you never know when or where you might find a champion for your stories. Someone who sees the potential and is determined to push you to make your stories better and achieve your dreams. I definitely have that with Nicole and her assistant Danielle Bailey.
So good luck on finding your own  :pompons

Best Wishes,Joseph

PS: You can see my ugly mug and a short bio on the Seymour Agency's Pre-Published page here:\


End of announcement.

So there you have it... a reason to resurrect this blog and start blogging about my life and adventures in children's literature. I hope you'll join me for regular updates... I promise I won't take years to get back to this blog now that I have some actual children's book related news and thought I'd like to share.


  1. This is a happy way to return to the blogosphere, Joseph! Congratulations on your newly agented status, and here's to many more happy posts.

    1. Thanks, Mirka! I hopped over to your blog to check it out and the post about following/unfollowing was a good one ;)

      Best Wishes,

  2. Wow Joseph, so awesome!!! Congratulations on your agent and the rebirth of your blog. :-)

  3. Congratulations, Joseph. That must be an awesome PB manuscript!

    1. Thanks, Marcia! You'd be surprised to find out how "not ready" the manuscript really was. Will post more about that soon.