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kelly sonnack

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Kelly Sonnack started her career in publishing as a Life Sciences editor at an academic publisher where she learned she loved working with authors, but that post-graduate textbooks and monographs were never going to be as near and dear to her heart as children's books. So, with a great leap of faith, she re-launched her career at the front desk of a local literary agency where she figured out that agenting was the perfect blend of creative and business for her.  Over 16 years later, and a Senior Literary Agent at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency since 2009, Kelly has never looked back.

Kelly is consistently ranked by Publishers Marketplace as one of the top ten selling agents in the US. She champions creators of children's literature for nearly every category, format, and age group and she represents debut authors and illustrators, as well as bestsellers and award-winning clients.


Kelly serves on the board of the Association of American Literary Agents (AALA) and is a co-director of the Literary Agents of Change mentorship program. She also served on the Advisory Board for UCSD’s Certificate in Writing and Illustrating for Children; and was the co-founder of the City Heights Young Writers Workshop which ran for three years.

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