I began my publishing career as an editor of Kindergarten and Pre-K reading textbooks at McGraw-Hill, which gave me a solid respect for everything the School/Library market does, but I always knew that children's book publishing was my true passion. After attending the Columbia Publishing Course, I joined Random House Books for Young Readers, where I rose to become a Senior Editor. I've had the pleasure of publishing multiple award-winning and New York Times bestselling books, editing authors such as Tamora Pierce, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Sarah J. Maas, Matt de la Peña, Mark Siegel, Julia Walton, and Jessica Cluess to name only a few. Now as an agent with Greenhouse, I bring my deep understanding of how publishers think and vast editorial experience to my role as an expert advocate for my clients. I love to help my clients think Big Picture about their career goals, and then work with them to develop the strategy that will allow them to achieve their dreams. Basically, I love books and the people who make them. There's nothing better than falling in love with a story and then telling everyone you know that they HAVE to read this book! If I love something, you will hear about it, and I bring that energy and enthusiasm to my clients' work on a daily basis.
My taste is upmarket and decidedly commercial. Bring on multiple hooks and best-in-class storytelling!
High-concept, commercial reads that will stand out in the crowded US market with depth and heart. I am actively building my list and am primarily interested in fantasy, magical realism, contemporary fiction (particularly romance, thrillers, and humor), and graphic novels—though please surprise me with an excellent read that I didn’t know I needed! I have a soft spot for literary when there’s a strong plot propelling the reader forward. I am interested in projects from underrepresented and marginalized voices. I am also interested in reads that thoughtfully address mental health and learning disabilities as part of the story but not necessarily the main focus. I am open to non-fiction with a unique point of view and/or a platform-driven project.
An unforgettable voice and an uplifting take on the problems that middle-school readers face, especially if the story is told from a specific point of view that can act as a mirror, window, or sliding glass door into diverse experiences. I love when authors tackle Big Truths in a heartfelt way. I am also on the lookout for memorable characters in action-packed fantasy adventures (similar to Rick Riordan Presents titles) and humorous voices that can grow to become series juggernauts. If you have a humorous main character with a voice like comedian Mitch Hedberg, send your project my way! I also love when kids are connecting with animals in a bring-your-tissues kind of way.
A great love story, a unique fantasy world, and a heart-pounding mystery/thriller. I love when authors are thoughtful about structure and voice; e.g. a ticking-clock timeline, a closed setting, a journal-entry format, Death as a unique narrator, and so forth. I love a good enemies-to-lovers story. Ambitious projects with multiple commercial hooks and an empowering sensibility with feminist and social justice angles are a plus. I am a voracious YA reader, so I fall head over heels for any voice or plot that can surprise me. And, as always, I am looking for underrepresented and marginalized voices.
Middle grade and YA contemporary, fantasy, fractured fairy tales, unique retellings, humor, slice-of-life romance, and select historical/non-fiction projects if they have clear hooks. I love when authors are mining their own experiences in an autobiographical or semi-autobiographical way. Hit me with side-busting humor and/or box-of-tissues feels. I have a soft spot for cats. And, as always, I am looking for underrepresented and marginalized voices.
Picture Book Author-Illustrators
I am highly selective, looking for author-illustrators who can create a strong character, a clear conflict, and write with a silly, laugh-out-loud voice and/or a surprising twist at the end. I love creators who understand the power of the page-turn and the heartwarming sense of community that being read a book aloud delivers. I am open to non-fiction if the story has multiple hooks and an evergreen, contemporary delivery. And, as always, I am looking for underrepresented and marginalized voices.
Adult Women's Fiction
I am extremely picky, but I love upmarket contemporary fiction with a feminist angle, a strong romantic thread, and/or a domestic thriller/mystery. Think QUEENIE, ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE, WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE, AYESHA AT LAST, BIG LITTLE LIES, and WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING as examples of my taste. And, as always, I am looking for underrepresented and marginalized voices.
ABOUT GREENHOUSE LITERARY AGENCY
Greenhouse is the place where careers grow. It is a transatlantic literary agency that provides exceptional individual attention to each of its clients while working closely with a robust team of foreign, accounting, royalty, and contract departments. Sarah Davies founded the agency in 2007, and Greenhouse has since established itself at the forefront of the US and UK children’s markets and built a powerful, supportive community of bestselling and critically acclaimed clients whose books have been translated into many languages. Our vision is to work with clients in as full a way as possible, so if our authors and illustrators diversify into other markets, we are often able to represent that work, too. With our vast editorial backgrounds at major publishing houses, Greenhouse can help authors develop their voice and craft—and then be their advocate and partner through the publishing process and beyond. Our sister company Rights People represents our foreign rights to the rest of the world, and we strongly feel that the whole world is our marketplace.