Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Zoom Presentation – What Editors, Art Directors, and Agents Want: with Agent Nicole Tugeau

Date(s) - 05/07/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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What Editors, Art Directors, and Agents Want: Preparing the Illustrator and Their Portfolio

This 90-minute zoom presentation starts a brief introduction of the agency. Nicole will then ask two important questions, “Are you ready to be a professional illustrator?” and “Are you ready for an agent?” Nicole will respond to each of these questions at length. Nicole will share key insights and information on why professional illustrators need to be flexible (to a point) and able to take criticism (constructive), and what agents can offer and help artists in their careers. Nicole will also discuss the professional portfolio.

  • The basic mechanics (how many pieces, spot versus full-bleed, color versus black&white, etc.)
  • Go to into deeper, narrative, and emotive properties of a great portfolio with ideas and tips a long the way.
  • How to put a great portfolio to good use.
  • How to research and approach an agent.
  • How to get the attention of a great editor and/or art director with or without an agent!

“The tone of this talk is supportive and positive and is geared toward new and emerging illustrators with and without representation. To ensure that I’m relevant to the audience, I am open to taking questions before the event so I can weave those into the presentation .” – Nicole Tugeau.

There will also be a Q&A after the presentation if Nicole hasn’t answered all your questions during the presentation. This event will be recorded for all attendees. It will be up for 30 days.


Tugeau 2, Inc. is a diverse group of dedicated, timely, and enthusiastic illustrators and authors from across the United States and several countries abroad. Our focus is on children’s picture books and juvenile educational publishing. But our expertise does not stop there. T2 illustrators have collaborated on advertising campaigns, editorial features, toys, games, gifts, children’s apps, and e-books. We’re a well-versed group ready to meet your needs.


Nicole Tugeau is the agent/owner behind the T2 Team. She is ecstatic about the ever-growing agency and committed to working happily for the network of illustrators surrounding her. What she enjoys most about being an Agent is the partnership-making, the relationships, and of course the success stories.  Nicole’s husband, Jeremy, is a long-time children’s illustrator. He continues to work as an artist and public school art teacher while maintaining some involvement with Tugeau 2, Inc. as a creative resource and promotional guru.

Lillian Mazeika (she/them) is a junior agent at Tugeau 2 Art & Literary Agency. She is always excited to work with creators and see them bring their stories to life. When she isn’t in the office, you can find her at a flea market or reading the season’s latest graphic novels.