Carrie was lucky enough to find her way to agenting quickly after moving to New York City. (There was a brief stint in the Rolling Stone Art & Photo Department until she came to her senses and realized she’d rather attend a reading than a concert. And a similarly brief career at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, a rare book and archive dealer specializing in 19th and 20th century literature.) Carrie had the pleasure of working with the esteemed Timothy Seldes for 14 years at Russell & Volkening literary agency and helped to manage the works of such luminary authors as Anne Tyler, Ntozake Shange, Eudora Welty, Barbara Tuchman and Bernard Malamud. During her time at Russell & Volkening Carrie had her hands in almost every aspect of the business from selling audio and first serial rights to reprint and permission rights and finally settling in as a children’s book agent. Some of her children’s book clients include: picture book writer and middle grade and YA novelist Erica Perl (CHICKEN BUTT IS BACK- Abrams April 2011 and WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU OJ- Knopf Books for Young Readers, June 2011), adult and middle grade author and journalist Ken Wells (RASCAL: A DOG AND HIS BOY – Knopf Books for Young Readers, September 2010), picture book author and illustrator Jennifer Morris (PLEASE WRITE BACK! – Cartwheel/Scholastic, April 2010) among many other talented authors. Carrie also now represents select adult books, both fiction (no thrillers please – send it to Josh) and narrative non-fiction. Some non-fiction areas she is currently interested in are social sciences, food, travel, women and children’s issues, photography and almost any kind of immersion journalism. Among her adult authors are novelist and journalist Ken Wells (MEELY LA BAUVE- Random House , CRAWFISH MOUNTAIN- Random House, GOOD PIRATES OF THE FORGOTTEN BAYOUS Yale University Press), Paul Clemens (MADE IN DETROIT- Doubleday, PUNCHING OUT-Doubleday) and photographer Michael Soluri.
For the last five years Carrie was also Co-Publisher of Pond Press, an independent illustrated book publisher specializing in photographer monographs.
For more information on Carrie’s most recent sales, please see her Publishers Marketplace profile.
Jesseca Salky got her start at Random House and was an agent at Russell & Volkening for seven years. Jesseca represents New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler, whose new book, A Spool of Blue Thread, will be out from Knopf in May 2015. Other highlights from her list include The Tumble Inn by William Loizeaux (Syracuse University Press, 2014); the New York Times bestseller Hope’s Boy by Andrew Bridge (Hyperion, 2008); More Money, Please by Scott Gamm (Plume, 2013); Hearts on Fire by Jill Iscol (Random House, 2013); Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse by Suraya Sadeed and Damien Lewis (Voice/Hyperion, 2011); Domestic Violets, the debut novel from Matthew Norman (Harper Perennial, 2011); Song of the Ape by Andrew Halloran (St. Martin’s, 2012) and Poetry in Person: Twenty-five Years of Conversation with America’s Poets, edited by Alexander Neubauer (Knopf, 2010). At Russell & Volkening, she worked closely with such authors as Annie Dillard, Jim Lehrer, Garrett Graff, and Nadine Gordimer as well as the Estates of Eudora Welty, Bernard Malamud, George Plimpton, and Barbara Tuchman. Jesseca received her J.D. from Fordham Law School in May 2011 and does legal work for authors, publishers, agents and other publishing industry professionals who need a legal perspective. For legal matters, you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jesseca is looking for submissions again (June 2014) in the areas of literary fiction that has a strong sense of character or place, or a daring or unique voice (think I Want to Show You More by Jamie Quatro), as well as commercial fiction that can appeal to men and women and has that Tropper/Hornby/Matt Norman quality to it. The latest thing she wishes she’d agented is Where’d You Go Bernadette. She also loves to read non-fiction with a strong narrative in the areas of current affairs, food, finance, psychology, science, history and parenting.
For more information on Jesseca’s most recent sales, please see her Publishers Marketplace profile.
Josh left Harcourt in 1993 to get an MBA from Columbia Business School. After Business School, Josh spent 11 years owning and operating a minor league baseball team (the Staten Island Yankees). He left baseball in late 2006 and rejoined the book world on the agent side. Josh worked at Writers House until November 2009, building a list of adult novelists, YA and middle grade authors, and the occasional nonfiction writer; then joined Russell and Volkening. In May 2011 he partnered with Carrie Hannigan and Jesseca Salky, and has been actively and happily running his list.
Josh represents more than 40 authors, including Geoff Rodkey (THE CHRONICLES OF EGG series from Putnam Children’s Books), Sam Thomas (THE MIDWIFE’S TALE—Minotaur), Cali Yost (TWEAK IT!—Center Street), EJ Copperman/Jeff Cohen (THE HAUNTED GUEST HOUSE series from Berkley Prime Crime, and Dana Cameron (SEVEN KINDS OF HELL—47 North).
Josh is particularly into foreign and historical fiction; both women’s fiction (your Downton Abbey/Philippa Gregory Mashups), straight ahead historical fiction (think Wolf Hall or The Road to Wellville); and thrillers and mysteries (The Alienist, say; or Donna Leon or Arianna Franklin). He’d LOVE a strong French Revolution novel. So send in your ruthless doges and impious cardinals…and your farmhouse cozies! (He does love cozies…) Give him atmosphere, let him learn something about another time or another place (or both), and kill off nasty Uncle Mortimer in the process—Josh will be yours!
Josh has also been taking on a significant amount of middle grade and YA: mysteries and adventure stories, strong contemporary girl books, and well thought-out retellings of classics. Not so much fantasy, and definitely not picture books. (There are many others who specialize in these books, including Carrie Hannigan at HSG!) Please don’t send religious fiction–he doesn’t have contacts in the Christian book market.
In nonfiction, he’s interested in increasing his list in history, business, and political thought–but not screeds.
For more information on Josh’s most recent sales, please see his Publishers Marketplace profile. Josh also tweets under @jgetzler, and is the Tuesday blogger on Hey, There’s a Dead Guy in the Living Room http://heydeadguy.typepad.com/.
Danielle graduated from Hamilton College with honors and a double major in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Before finding her home at HSG, she interned at Writers House, Clarion Books, Faye Bender Literary Agency, Dunow Carlson and Lerner, John Wiley and Sons, and SquareOne Publishers (along with stints as a waitress and a farmers’ market vendor).
Her passion lies in YA, Women’s Fiction, and mysteries. She gravitates toward stories with a strong voice and particularly enjoys complex female characters, narratives that explore social issues, and coming-of-age stories. Genres that appeal to her include contemporary YA, medieval fantasy, historical fiction, cozy mysteries, and upmarket Women’s Fiction. She finds it hard to resist gorgeous writing and is a sucker for romantic plotlines that are an element of the narrative, but don’t dominate it.
Danielle was involved in way too many singing groups in college and is always up for karaoke. She also enjoys both tea and coffee, managing to defy the naysayers who claim they’re an either-or thing. She is, however, distinctly a chocolate person. You can follow her on twitter at @danielleburby.
Tanusri had a somewhat unorthodox transition into publishing. A lawyer by training, she has a PhD in legal philosophy & human rights from Oxford University, and a Master’s degree from Harvard Law School. Along the way she worked in the legal department of the World Bank in Washington and as a teaching fellow at Columbia Law School. An avid fan of children’s literature, Tanusri joined a book club devoted to kidlit in 2012, which sowed the seeds of her decision to become a literary agent specializing in children’s books. To this end, before joining HSG, she gained valuable experience interning at Knopf Young Readers and Foundry Literary+ Media.
She is interested in all sorts of kidlit, ranging from picture books and middle-grade to YA (including YA/Adult crossovers). Tanusri is drawn to storytellers who deftly inveigle readers into their intricately-crafted plots with great voice and a touch of humor, and to writers with a vivid sense of the absurd. And while her primary interest is kidlit, she is also open to selective domestic suspense (Tana French and Sophie Hannah are two of her favorite authors in the genre) and voice-driven narrative non-fiction on social justice issues.
Tanusri was born and raised in India and although she has lived in the UK and then in New York for the past fourteen years, she has strong roots in the Indian sub-continent. She lives with her husband and two children in a household of multiple languages and religions; together they cover all four houses of Hogwarts (even Slytherin). Given her varied professional and personal background, Tanusri is also eager to find writers who can authentically articulate diverse voices and communicate the beautiful complexity of the world around us in their stories. You can follow her on twitter at @TanusriPrasanna.
Leigh joined HSG Agency in the fall of 2015. Like so many English majors before her, Leigh answered the question of “what next?” upon graduating from college with “law school, of course!” She graduated from Dartmouth College and received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. After ten years of practicing law in the New York offices of several international firms, she decided to follow her dream of becoming part of the New York City literary landscape. She worked for a year at Folio Literary Management prior to moving to HSG. Leigh now combines her legal background with her love of books as a junior agent with HSG, actively building her own client list, and as an associate with the Salky Law Firm, providing legal counsel to authors and publishing professionals.
Leigh seeks submissions in the areas of literary and commercial fiction for adults, and is particularly drawn to: flawed protagonists she can’t help but fall in love with (Holden Caulfield was her first crush); stories that take place in contemporary New York, but also any well-defined, vivid setting; and given her background, novels set in law firms or involving lawyers (but not legal thrillers). On the nonfiction side, Leigh is interested in foodie/cookbooks (especially baking and – maybe conversely – healthy cooking), health and fitness, lifestyle, and select narrative nonfiction.