Sarah Davies founded the Greenhouse when she moved to the US in 2007 after a long career as a senior UK children’s publisher.
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 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 unique contemporary, realistic fiction, perhaps involving unreliable narrators and/or interesting perspectives and structures. Anything that has the feel of a “big book” - so, stories with emotional scope and scale, which might mean magic, strangeness, other worlds - or could equally be set in one street. Also loves the past coming back to haunt the present. In MG, looking for pacy/adventurous fiction, but also “classic"-voiced and heartfelt stories for girls.
John Cusick joined Greenhouse in January 2013 after several years with a small New York agency, where he began as an assistant and rose to be an agent with a fast-developing client list. As well as being a YA author in his own right, John is a sought-after speaker on writing, both at writers’ conferences and via webinars. You can read his blog here: http://johnmcusick.com/
What John is seeking: Picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult by North American authors. Particularly keen to see fast-paced/thrilling/heart-breaking stories, contemporary realism, historicals, speculative fiction, sci-fi and fresh fantasy, villains with vulnerability, bad decisions with best intentions, boldly imagined worlds, striking imagery, characters with histories, stories about siblings and about middle America.
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.