Stimola Literary Studio, Inc., is a full service literary agency devoted to representing authors and author/illustrators of fiction and nonfiction, preschool through young adult, who bring unique and substantive contributions to the industry.
President and Founder
In more than thirty years of professional life, Rosemary Stimola has worn many hats, all of them centered on books for children and young adults. Her first work life as a PH.D linguist, teaching language and literature at the City University of New York, with a specialization in children’s literature, steeped her in the aesthetics of narrative, the power of the written word, and the nuanced partnership of word and art in the telling of story. Her second work life, as owner of A Child’s Story, an independent bookstore of national reputation in Teaneck, NJ, educated her in the business of children’s publishing, and brought her the Lucile Micheels Pannell Award, given by the National Women’s Book Association, for bringing children and books together. Given her experience and reputation as an educator, bookseller and literary agent bookseller, Rosemary has become one of the most sought after speakers at writer and illustrator conferences throughout the United States and abroad.
I think I’m one of those very lucky people who has always had a firm idea of what I wanted to be when I grew up. The moment I knew I was destined to work in publishing happened comically young, at the ripe old age of eight. That’s when I received my first box-set of Baby-Sitters Club books (still one of my favorite series ever written), and read in the back of one that the author, Ann M. Martin, was an editor of children’s books before she became a writer. I immediately pictured myself in New York City (in a power suit; this was the early nineties), with that job—even though I didn’t know what the word editor actually meant. I was pretty sure it was a person who gets to read a lot.
But it wasn’t until 2001, when I began working in the children’s room of a library, that I knew children’s publishing is what I am the most passionate about. To me, there is simply nothing better in the world than placing a book in a child’s hand that you know is the perfect fit for him—except for making sure that book makes it into the world in the first place. After the library, I went on to work in the children’s room of a bookstore, and then, in 2006, I began an internship at Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan, and returned a year later to be their editorial assistant. There, I was fortunate enough to be able to work with so many talented authors. Some, like Ann M. Martin and Ellen Emerson White, were my childhood heroes. Others, like Andrew Smith, S. A. Bodeen, and Mar’ce Merrell were the type of new talent that knocked my socks off as soon as I grabbed them from the submission pile. I’ve been reading for Stimola Literary Studio for the past two years, and am very excited now to step further into the agenting side of the book business as Rosemary’s assistant, attending to a larger scope of Studio matters and getting to know many of her publishing colleagues and her clients more personally.