Jodell Sadler has served as an art director, marketing/brand consultant, senior designer before earning her MFA at Hamline University, where she focused on her critical thesis project, Pacing the Picture Book Form, which has expanded into a writer’s craft book: PACE YOUR PLOT, 325 Techniques & Advice for Pacing Your Fiction. She has worked as a professor, secondary Freshman & Senior English AP/Dual Credit teacher, and founded KidLit College, a webinar, classes & critique community for writers and illustrators in 2015.
Represented Projects: Graphic novel MISTER’S MISADVENTURES, Talent Show by National Cartoonist Society member Jason Platt. IF ANIMALS SAID I LOVE YOU, IF ANIMALS SAID MERRY CHRISTMAS and IF ANIMALS WENT TO SCHOOL by Ann Whitford Paul. SNOW BEAST, YOU’RE IN TROUBLE, and DOG ADOPTION DAY by Phil Gosier. MR. McGINTY’S MONARCHS by Linda Vander Heyden. The FRIDAY BARNES, GIRL DETECTIVE, BIG TROUBLE, A FRIDAY BARNES MYSTERY, NO RULES, A FRIDAY BARNES MYSTERY, and FRIDAY BARNES UNDER SUSPICION, illustrated by Phil Gosier. BOLD WOMEN OF MEDICINE: 21 Stories of Astounding Discoveries, Daring Surgeries, and Healing Breakthroughs by Susan M. Latta. The Boy Who Grew A Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng by Sophia Gholz, MEIP AND THE FAMOUS DIARY by Meeg Pincus.
Submissions: Jodell looks to for author-illustrators for picture book, graphic novel, and middle-grade illustrated projects. She loves fiction and narrative nonfiction with humor and heart. She’s always looking for fresh approach, creativity, voice, and strong concepts. She’s acquiring board books, picture books, chapter books, middle-grade projects (illustrated and graphic), and YA, especially those that speak to diversity, nature, wildlife, cultural experiences, contemporary challenges, mystery or intrigue and science. She’s looking biographies that celebrate the difference one person has made in the world: PB or MG.
Recent Favorites: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, and Newbery Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly.
For all submissions, see my query guidelines. Author-illustrators please submit a portfolio link or dummy.