TUGEAU 2, INC.
We are a diverse group of dedicated, timely, and enthusiastic authors, illustrators and author-illustrators from around the world! Our focus is in children’s publishing - board books, picture books, chapter books, graphics, covers, and YA. But our expertise does not stop there. T2 creatives have collaborated on magazine work, advertising campaigns, editorial features, toys, games, gifts, greeting cards, and more.
We are a well-versed and evolved Team ready to meet our client's needs. For creatives, our boutique size allows the Agents space to give full-service attention in a family-like atmosphere. We look for long-term relationships and work toward forging growth and successful career paths specific to each creative. The T2 Agency will celebrate 20 years in business in 2023!
MEET OUR AGENTS!
Nicole Tugeau is the agent-owner behind the T2 Team. With 20 years (!) experience as both an agent and agency owner, she is still ecstatic about her ever-growing Agency and committed to working hard (and ethically) for the network of bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators that surround her. What Nicole enjoys most about being an Agent is the partnership-making, the friendships and, of course, the success stories. Nicole is a regular contributor to SCBWI and a growing number of colleges and universities that support the visual arts and the children's publishing industry. She is also committed to the community of children's agents and helped to found an independent agent network, KidLitAgents, that chats and zooms regularly to discuss industry, business and contractual topics.
Nicole started the Agency with her artist husband, Jeremy Tugeau, in 2003 out of their downtown apartment in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The couple relocated closer to home in 2005 settling east of Cleveland in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and starting their family. Jeremy became a high school art and film teacher, and Nicole was able to connect more vibrantly with the New York industry and high trade publishing. Today, the agency is home to three associate agents and over 60 vibrant and award-winning authors, illustrators and author-illustrators.
When she's not working at making Tugeau 2 the best agency in the world, you'll find Nicole at the gym, teaching yoga (she's a 200-hour CYT), driving to soccer practice, working in the yard, cooking, reading or planning her family's next vacation. Nicole and Jeremy are parents to three wonderful "big" kids, Ruby (17), George (16) and Harry (12).
For representation consideration, please follow the submission guidelines on the CONTACT page. For all other inquiries including campus and industry speaking engagements please contact Nicole at email@example.com.
Ethan Long was born to entertain and educate children.He started his career in 1992 illustrating kids content for Nickelodeon and Scholastic Book Fairs and textbooks for Harcourt, Houghton Mifflin, and many others. At Harcourt, he also worked as a Grade 3 Reading Designer where he directed artists and hired illustrators
In the year 2000, Ethan had a great idea for a children’s book but realized he didn’t know how to write! That set him off on a mission to figure out how to do it. Since then, Ethan has written and/or illustrated over 130 books including board books, picture books, early readers, chapter books and middle grade novels. Some of his more popular titles are Fright Club, Tickle the Duck, Chamelia and the New Kid in Class, One Drowsy Dragon, and Up, Tall and High, which won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award.
In the animation world, Ethan is the creator of Tasty Time with ZeFronk, which aired on Playhouse Disney from 2008-2016 and Scribbles and Ink, currently an online interactive series on PBSKIDS.com that is based on his children’s books by the same name.
But even with all of Ethan’s successes, he feels he is just getting started. And that the time is right to continue his passion for helping artists write their own stories and coach them through the fun, but challenging, publication process. He has been an instructor for every age level, as well as a mentor to students and aspiring artists, and loves cheering others on through the creative process.
When Ethan is not making books (and he will absolutely continue to do that!), you can find him being a homebody with his wife, Heather, and dog, Auggie. He also likes riding his bicycle or 160cc scooter along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, taking his daily three mile walk, whipping up a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies, or planning family time with his wife, Heather, and their three grown children.
Heather Long has worn many creative hats in her professional career. She worked as an art/illustration buyer for Harcourt Publishers, a freelance fashion and costume designer, a photo stylist, a school library assistant and a visual and store manager for Anthropologie. Heather has also written and published two children’s books, Max and Milo: Go to Sleep, and Max and Milo: The Mixed-up Message (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster).
Heather has been instrumental in managing and guiding her husband, Ethan’s, children’s book and animation career. Her steady presence has served as the perfect counterpoint to Ethan’s creative energy. She is excited to help others fulfill their creative passions and cultivate and manage their book careers.
As a recent empty-nester, Heather enjoys spending more time with her husband, traveling, hiking, and exploring their newly adopted state of Colorado. When it's too cold for any of that, you will most often find her reading a book. Heather is the mother of three, step-daughter, Katie (27),and sons, Cooper (20), and Carson (19).
Working as a team/power couple Heather and Ethan Long specialize in representing author/illustrators and illustrators who aspire to write their own stories and become full time authors. They use their combined experience in a mentorship capacity to guide prospective authors through the process of writing and creating a successful children's book and preparing them for all the success that follows.
Contact Ethan and Heather directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com ** Due to an overwhelming welcome to the industry, Ethan and Heather are closed to submissions until August 31, 2023.
Lillian Mazeika became the T2 Agency's very first Associate Agent in 2021 after spending a year assisting in the office. Coming from an art background herself, Lillian loves engaging with creators and seeing them bring stories to life. Lillian enjoys graphic novels and is always on the hunt for spooky stories and diverse voices. However, she really just adores all things kidlit. When she isn’t working, you can find her at a concert or flea market.
For representation consideration, please follow the submission guidelines on the CONTACT page. For all other inquiries including campus and SCBWI speaking engagements please contact Lillian at firstname.lastname@example.org.