Lucy Ruth Cummins is the Art Director with Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers and Paula Wiseman Books.
Rosemary Stimola is the founder of Stimola Literary Studio, representing award-winning authors and illustrators such as Suzanne Collins, Jodi Lynn Anderson , and LIsa Papademetriou.
I tend to look for PB art that has a less “animated” feel (ie Disney). With more individual personality. - Rosemary
Great characters are important, but make sure your pieces have a narrative side. - Lucy
I always try to tell people: the more dogs the merrier. - Lucy
For whatever reason, anytime we try to put panels in a picture book, it’s hard to sell. - Lucy
Watch digital techniques so they don’t look so digital. - Lucy
The expressions here are worth a million bucks. - Rosemary
I love hand lettering. - Lucy
If the text is crummy, I might get distracted by it. Don’t include it if you think it takes away from your work. - Lucy
My go-to people have drafting that is untouchably good and they get things done on time. - Lucy
Timely delivery on the art is everything, without that, we can’t go anywhere. - Rosemary
Articulate where you’re stuck when working on a project. It happens to everyone. You have to find your confidence because we hired you for a reason. - Rosemary.
For me, my first response to a piece of art is does it touch me emotionally and what is the story there? - Rosemary
We do look for that one piece in a portfolio that tells a whole story. - Lucy