Wednesday, September 5, 2012

thank you, AGM!

Late in the summer of 2002, I got my first e-mail from Anna Goodson. Her note asked why I hadn't responded to an earlier inquiry (which got lost in cyberspace): Was I not interested in representation by AGM, Inc.? I almost fell out of my chair. Smoke rose as my fingers flew, typing out my reply: OF COURSE I AM INTERESTED!

That was ten years ago. Since then, Anna has become a trusted friend. She and her partner Sylvie (and MJ and Joanne, in the office) worked hard to promote me and the entire AGM gang—which, back then, included photographers. The snapshot above shows a tiny sample of all of the printed promos I have from AGM, and does not include the books Anna used to make every year, or any hint of her vast on-line presence.

After a decade-long partnership with AGM, my job log is crammed with nearly a thousand entries, so I'd say it was all a huge success. :o)

Anna not only gave me a wonderful illustration career, she also generously showed up via Skype to help me teach countless Self-Promotion classes at the Savannah College of Art and Design. In the area of self-promo, she taught me almost everything I know. I never could have taught that class, if not for my experience with AGM and my friendship with Anna. She is very, very good at what she does, and countless students have benefitted from her wealth of knowledge.

After ten amazing years, I am moving on to pursue the children's book market more exclusively. I will be working with a new agency (soon to be announced), and am very excited about what the future holds—including a continued friendship with the awesome Anna Goodson, illustration rep par excellence.

To see Anna's amazing group of artists, click here.


Charla Pettingill said...

What a fantastic decade in your career, Violet! I'm sure the best is yet to come. I think everyone in the illustration market appreciates Anna, no matter what their connection to her may be! :) I can't wait to see what you do in the future!

Violet Lemay said...

awww... Thank you Charla. And yes, about Anna, isn't that the truth? Illustration would be different, without her. :o)

KatieKate said...

Hurray for your move to focus on children's books!

And Hurray for great business relationships. Bravo.

Sylvie said...

Thank you so much for your kind words Violet. I will miss you so much. Know that you are always welcome back! Best of luck my dear, you are, not only an amazing artist, but a wonderful human being. I love you xxx


Violet Lemay said...

And I love you too, Sylvie. Your comment made me get all weepy. :'O) Thanks for your continual kindness. You sure made it fun.