Sarah Davies founded the Greenhouse when she moved to the US in 2007 after a long career as a senior UK children’s publisher. She now divides her time between London and New York.
Sarah has shepherded many debut authors to success. She’s been an editor most of her life and has considerable experience in contract negotiation, marketing and rights, as well as a strong understanding of digital developments. Excellent publishing contacts in both the USA and Britain, and many years spent living in both countries, have given her an unusually transatlantic view of the children’s books industry, from both sides of the desk.
A member of AAR, Sarah has crisscrossed America talking about children’s books and writing craft. She says, ‘Everything you need to know about Greenhouse is embodied in its name.’
What Sarah is seeking: Fiction by North American authors, from Middle Grade through Young Adult and across all genres (note: she is currently closed to debut Picturebooks but does rep PBs by clients whom she’s initially taken on for older fiction). She loves strong, hooky, layered plots, writing that is gorgeous but also carries a great idea, stories that are really moving but make you think too. In YA, currently keen to find big, magical worlds; unique and hooky contemporary fiction - perhaps involving unreliable narrators and/or interesting perspectives and structures; multicultural settings and diverse characters; magical realism - perhaps where the “real” is skewed by some other dimension. Loves stories involving the ocean, intriguing mysteries, history (whether French Revolution or World Wars), and richly portrayed characters and settings of all kinds. In MG, looking for pacy/adventurous fiction, but also “classic"-voiced and heartfelt stories for girls. Loves stories of friendships, magical realism (again!), and new ways of interpreting the classic “coming of age” trope.
Polly Nolan joined Greenhouse in June 2013 as our agent based in the UK. After a long and distinguished publishing career, Polly made the move into agenting to do more of what she enjoys most - find new writing talent, help to develop great fiction, and achieve publishing deals for authors both new and established. Polly began in children’s publishing in the 1990s and has worked at a number of major London houses, including several years as Editorial Director of Fiction at Scholastic and Publishing Director (Fiction) at Macmillan Children’s Books. She has an enviable record as a talent-spotter and experienced nurturer of writers.
What Polly is seeking: UK, Irish, Commonwealth (including Australia, NZ & India) and European authors writing in English. Outstanding writing from picturebooks to young fiction series, and from Middle Grade to Young Adult. She is open to all genres, but is particularly looking for middle grade. Brilliant, original story is key. She loves novels written with an arresting voice, strong concept, with heart and emotional pull – in short, stories with true child and teen appeal.
Rights People is a dedicated children’s rights-selling business that comprises six experts in the field - Alexandra Devlin, Alex Webb, Allison Helligers, Caroline Hill-Trevor, Rachel Richardson and Charles Nettleton – who, between them, have many years’ experience and a huge network of international contacts.
Rights People represents all the Greenhouse’s foreign rights, which gives Greenhouse an exceptionally cohesive presence around the world and a truly global reach.