Sarah Davies founded the Greenhouse and is head of the agency. She created the business after moving to the USA from England in 2007, following a long career as a senior UK children’s publisher.
As a publisher, Sarah worked with many high-profile writers on both sides of the Atlantic. As an agent she has shepherded many debut authors to success. She 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 homes 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 and SCBWI, Sarah is an experienced speaker on children’s books and creative writing and attends many writers’ and book-trade events throughout the year. She says, ‘Everything you need to know about Greenhouse is embodied in its name.’
What Sarah is seeking: Fiction by North America 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 plots, writing that has literary quality but is also commercial, a strong/special voice, emotional heart. Loves both adventurous and classic MG, especially for girls. Currently particularly keen to see unique contemporary YA, sexy historical (French Revolution?!), and voice-driven or exciting MG, maybe with potential for illustrative components.
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.wordpress.com/
What John is seeking: Fiction by North American authors, from Picturebooks and Middle Grade through Young Adult. Particularly keen to see MG (and maybe YA) for boys. Fast-paced/thrilling/heart-breaking stories. Contemporary realism, historicals, speculative fiction, sci-fi and fresh fantasy, villains with vulnerabillity, 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 is making the move into agenting to do more of what she enjoys most - finding new writing talent, helping to develop great fiction, and achieving 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 latterly as Associate Publishing Director (Fiction) at Macmillan Children’s Books. She still edits a handful of leading authors, and has an enviable record as a talent-spotter and experienced nurturer of writers.
What Polly is seeking: Fiction by UK, Irish, Commonwealth (including Australia, NZ and India) authors, from picturebooks to young fiction series, through Middle Grade and Young Adult. She is open to all genres, but is particularly looking for an arresting voice, strong concepts, and stories that have heart and engage the emotions – 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.