Trend Report: The Middle Grade Market with Astound Global Manager Kate Powell

The middle grade book market is continuing to expand, so is your portfolio middle grade ready? Today, we hear from Astound US Inc’s Global Manager Kate Powell about the expanding middle grade market, including what art directors are looking for and tips for creating mock covers for your portfolio! Kate Powell has been with Astound for almost 5 years agenting many high-profile projects in the picture book and middle grade markets. Some notable projects include The Christmas Princess written by Mariah Carey and The First Notes: The Story of Do, Re, Mi written by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton. Let us know what other topics you would like to see Trend Reports on by emailing us at

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