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Literary Agent Danielle Smith Leaving Red Fox Literary to Launch Lupine Grove Creative, LLC

SHELL BEACH, CA—December 6, 2016: Literary Agent Danielle Smith, formerly of Red Fox Literary, will launch her own agency Lupine Grove Creative, LLC, starting today. 

"We have watched Danielle grow and spread her wings as an agent over the past three years,” said Red Fox Literary co-founder Abigail Samoun, who will serve as Smith’s mentor for the next six months. “From the success of Julie Falatko’s Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be In This Book) to the sale of Lee Wind’s trail-blazing Queer History Project, Karen [Grencik] and I are proud of her many successes. We’re excited for her and we will be cheering her on from the sidelines.”

Smith, a Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree, is thrilled at the prospect of setting off on her own. “Having been given the opportunity to work with both Abi and Karen and now Stephanie [Fretwell-Hill] at Red Fox Literary has been a gift, but it felt like the right time to launch out on my own.”

Many of the clients Smith worked with at Red Fox will be following her to Lupine Grove, including Falatko, Wind, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow author Mary Weber, and author-illustrator Deborah Marcero. Smith will continue to represent both authors and illustrators, working in picture books through young adult novels. “Each of my clients brings so much creative energy, heart, and knowledge to what they do that I have no doubt we will be successful in this new endeavor,” says Smith. 

The name of Smith’s new agency was inspired by Miss Rumphius, the classic picture book by Barbara Cooney. “It’s my hope that this community or ‘grove’ of clients will create books that empower and enrich young readers, encouraging them to persevere and make the world a better place.” 

Smith came to Red Fox Literary in March 2014 from Foreword Literary. Prior to agenting, Smith was an award-winning blogger and founder of There’s A Book, a children’s book review blog that boasted hundreds of thousands of page-views per month. Smith was also a judge for the Cybils Awards from 2010-2012 as well as for the INSPYs Awards in 2011. 

Beginning January 15th, 2017, Smith will be open to submissions at Lupine Grove Creative, LLC. Smith will consider submissions of the picture book, early reader, chapter book, middle grade, and young adult novels as well as work from individual illustrators. Interested parties may send a query via email after January 15th and paste their manuscript within the body of the email to Please, no attachments. Illustrators should provide links to their online portfolios where art can be viewed without downloading. Unfortunately, due to anticipated high volumes of submissions, the agency may not be able to respond to every query. If there is no response from Lupine Grove Creative within four weeks of submission, authors and illustrators should understand that the submission has been read and considered but that Lupine Grove is not the right agency to represent their work at this time.

Danielle Smith can be contacted at

Jon Schliep