Storm Literary Agency

Boutique literary agency representing quality children's literature from exceptional authors and illustrators

First, there was a  teacher who loved books almost as much as she loved little children. Then, there was an artist who loved pirates, almost as much as he loved cats. As it turns out, that artist could also write, and that teacher loved the pirate stories he wrote. And she shared those stories with the children she taught. The children loved the pirate stories; they also loved the cats. They wanted more stories with pirates and cats. They also wanted an adventure! And the stories gave them so many adventures! And that is that: Storm Literary Agency came about because it needed to. The children requested it. And so did the cats. 

Storm Literary Agency welcomes submissions from unique and talented authors and illustrators, those who are not afraid to embrace their capacity to teach, to entertain, to engage and to honor young people who, hopefully, will be changed by the work represented here.

PJ McIlvaine


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PJ McIlvaine was born with a pen in her hand, a prolific and creative children’s author/screenwriter/writer/journalist.

PJ’s debut picture book Little Lena and the big table (June 2019, Big Belly Book Co.), illustrations by Leila Nabih, is about a determined little girl tired of eating with her annoying cousins at the kid’s table, only to discover that the big table isn’t much better.  She has another picture book, DRAGON ROAR (MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing, publication date TBA), about a lonely, sick dragon who has lost his mighty roar, and the brave village girl who helps him find it again.

PJ is also a co-host and founding member of #PBPitch, the premiere Twitter pitch party for picture book creators.

PJ has been published in numerous outlets including The New York Times and Newsday, and is a regular contributor for The Children’s Book Insider newsletter (paid firewall), writing about the path to publication and interviews with established and debut kid lit authors.

Also, PJ’s critically acclaimed Showtime original family movie MY HORRIBLE YEAR with Mimi Rogers, Karen Allen, and Eric Stoltz, was nominated for a Daytime Emmy.

A born and bred New Yorker, PJ lives in Eastern Long Island with her family. She is not a fan of the Jets, Giants, Mets, and Yankees, never had a knish until she was in college, sat on Meat’s Loaf’s knee, and only recently discovered the gustatory pleasure of Pesto Pizza.  Distantly related to the French writer and feminist Simone de Beauvoir, her maternal grandfather was the son of a Baron and grew up in a castle with enough family drama to fill several novels. 

When not writing, PJ's usually running after her rambunctious grandchildren who are an endless source of inspiration, exasperation, and perspiration. When she has enough butter on hand, it’s not too hot, and the oven works, she loves to bake brownies and other goodies. She's been known to consume copious amounts of vanilla ice cream after 9PM.

In an alternate universe, PJ was the literary love child of Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte, the inspiration for her rich, diverse, Middle Grade alternate history mystery set in Victorian London. Death by corset, solar eclipses, unreliable narrators, and spiritualism.