Sarah Davies (Agent representing US/Canadian authors)
Sarah founded the Greenhouse when she moved to the US in 2007 after a long career as a UK children’s publisher, working with many internationally celebrated authors. She now divides her time between London and New York.
Sarah has been an editor most of her life and has considerable experience in contract negotiation, marketing and rights. 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 crossed America and Europe talking about children’s books and writing craft. She says, ‘Everything you need to know about Greenhouse is in its name.’ Follow her on Twitter at @SarahGreenhouse.
Polly Nolan (Agent representing UK, Irish, Commonwealth and North American authors)
Polly joined Greenhouse in June 2013 as our UK agent. This was after a distinguished career at many of the UK’s top children’s publishing houses, where she started as a Junior Editor and finished as a Publishing Director over fifteen years later. Polly made 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. She has an enviable record as a talent-spotter and experienced nurturer of writers.
You can follow her on Twitter at @NolanPolly.
Chelsea Eberly (Agent representing stories that will stand out in the US marketplace)
Chelsea Eberly represents authors of middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, and women’s fiction, as well as writer-illustrators of picture books. As a former Senior Editor at Penguin Random House, she edited award-winning and New York Times bestselling 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. 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.