Sarah founded Greenhouse when she moved to Northern Virginia in 2007 after a long career as a UK children’s publisher, working with many internationally celebrated authors. After a decade in the States, she is now back in the UK, but regularly spends time in New York (when Covid isn’t stopping her flying!).
As Publishing Director at Macmillan Children’s Books UK (until 2007) Sarah was part of the team that published market-leading authors such as Judy Blume, Philip Pullman, Sharon Creech, Gary Paulsen and Julia Donaldson, and for many years she edited authors as varied as Meg Cabot and Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls.
Sarah has been an editor most of her life but also has considerable experience in management, contract negotiation, marketing and rights. Many years spent living in both the US and UK have given her an unusually transatlantic view of the children’s books industry, from both sides of the desk. A member of AALA, Sarah has crossed America and Europe talking about children’s books and writing craft, and she loves to inspire and encourage new authors and share all she has learned about the industry. She says, ‘Everything you need to know about Greenhouse is in its name.’ Follow her on Twitter at @SarahGreenhouse.
Chelsea Eberly represents authors of middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, and women’s fiction, as well as illustrators who write picture books. As a former Senior Editor at Random House, she edited the Newbery Medal winning When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller as well as award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors such as Tamora Pierce, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Sarah J. Maas, Mark Siegel, and Kim Johnson to name only a few. She has a deep understanding of how publishers think and is an expert advocate for her clients. Chelsea is also a Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree, which recognizes “the rising stars of the US publishing industry.”
A Midwesterner turned New Yorker, Chelsea regularly presents at writing conferences across the country and enjoys teaching craft. Follow her on Twitter at @chelseberly and discover more about her taste on her Publishers Marketplace page.
Rights People is a dedicated children’s rights-selling business – a team of experts in the field: Charlotte Bodman, Alexandra Devlin, Harim Yim, Claudia Galluzzi, Jodie O’Toole, Hannah Whitaker (who sells adult rights) and director Charles Nettleton. Between them, Rights People have many years’ experience and a huge network of international contacts. They attend both Bologna and Frankfurt Book Fairs, and undertake territory-specific selling trips around the world at other times of the year.
Rights People is Greenhouse’s sister company and represents all the agency’s foreign rights. This gives Greenhouse an exceptionally cohesive presence around the world and a truly global reach. Here, they’re photographed in a brief lull at Frankfurt Book Fair!
Contracts (Kevin Stewart and Jackie Wilson)
Kevin and Jackie are Greenhouse’s contracts experts. Between them, they have 35 years’ experience in the negotiation of international publishing agreements and a deep knowledge of the evolving market factors that affect 21st century contracts. Their expertise comes into play once primary deal terms (advance, royalties and other significant points) have been agreed, working with our agents and with publishers to reach an optimum final contract for our authors.
Finance (Gary Phillips and Lisa Darby)
Gary and Lisa form one of Greenhouse’s most crucial teams – Finance. Both have worked in the media, publishing and licensing industries for many years, and together they are responsible for coordinating all aspects of the agency’s financial affairs on behalf of our clients. This includes ensuring our authors are paid on time, reviewing and sending out royalty statements, and liaising with authors on issues related to overseas taxation.