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Agent Spotlight: Nancy Gallt

This week's Agent Spotlight features Nancy Gallt of the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency.
Status: Closed to submissions.
panel1_startAbout: "Nancy attended Williams College where she received a B.A. in English. For nearly 25 years she worked selling subsidiary rights for children’s books imprints at Viking, HarperCollins, Morrow, and Greenwillow. In 2000, she founded the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency in order to represent a wide-ranging list of authors and illustrators. Publishing was always her dream job – getting paid to read books – though it turned out the editorial side was not her forte. Nancy’s children claim she must have been the definition of “nerd” in her youth, though she is proud to say that she’s never been bored, no matter what she’s doing. She avoids reading books in which children are endangered or abused. There’s enough true suffering in the world that she prefers not to read about it. She loves books that entertain and enlighten, with characters that could be treasured friends." (From the agency website)
About the Agency:
"Authors and illustrators are the backbone of Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency and we pride ourselves on treating their work and our partnership with respect and care. The literary agents who represent those creatives are supported by an incredible team of sub rights specialists, marketing mavens, dedicated subagents, and a diligent back-office support system. The magnificent books we champion are the result of this passionate collaboration. Together, we aim to create life-long book enthusiasts and entertain readers of all ages throughout the world." (From the agency website)
"Since 2000, the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency has focused on representing authors and illustrators whose work we firmly believe will have the biggest impact on young readers. Our collective book experience totals almost 70 years and we use that expertise to represent both established and emerging talent." (From the agency website)
Web Presence:
Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency website.
AgentQuery, QueryTracker.
What She's Looking For:
Ms. Gallt specializes in children's books from picture books through young adult, representing both authors and illustrators.
"She is actively seeking middle-grade and young adult novels." (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
Ms. Gallt does not represent adult fiction or adult non-fiction.
"Not interested in rhyming picture book texts." (Link)
Editorial Agent?
A comprehensive list of clients is available on the agency website. 
Ms. Gallt's clients include: Bety G. Birney, Jeanne DuPrau, Bagram Ibatoulline, Rick Riordan, Sophie Blackall, Janni Lee Simner, among many others.
Query Methods: Nancy Gallt is closed to queries.
E-mail: Yes.
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: No.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
See the submissions page on the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency website. Email a query with 2000 words of a completed manuscript or the full text of a picture book in the body of the email.
See the agency website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines including other submission particulars.
Response Times:
The agency tries to respond 4 weeks. If you do not hear back, feel free to send another email or query another agent.
What's the Buzz?
Ms. Gallt doesn't have a large Internet presence, but she is very legit and has over 25 years in the industry.  She has a great list of clients and sales, including several big names such as Jeanne DuPrau and Rick Riordan.  She appears to be a hands-off agent editorial-wise but knows the industry very well.
Worth Your Time
None that I could find.
Please see the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency website for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 1/30/2023.
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 2/9/2023.
Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at natalieiaguirre7(at)gmail(dot)com

Note: These agent profiles presently focus on agents who accept children's fiction. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found herein is subject to change.


Crystal said...

Thanks for this post, Casey! I'd been wondering about this agent for some time. Your research answered many questions.

Lynnette Labelle said...

Interesting. I'd never heard of her before. She doesn't represpent what I write, but I liked that you did a post like this.

Lynnette Labelle

Casey Something said...

Glad I could help, Crystal!

Lynnette: Thanks for stopping by! You might want to keep an eye on the Agent Spotlights. They go up every Thursday, and even though they focus on YA and MG right now, there are sure to be some that represent your genre, too.

Once I'm through the agents that rep kidlit I might branch out into other genres.

Anonymous said...

I just signed with the Nancy Gallt Agency, her husband to be exact, who started agenting with her as of January 2009. Nancy Gallt is a vetted agent, repping major players. Her husband agented to, as well as being the former Books for Young Readers President at Random House and a seasoned editor.

Casey Something said...

Thank you very much for your input, Anon! It is much appreciated.

Christina Farley said...

Another great post. I love how unbiased you are and clear.

Melinda R. Cordell said...

Your readers should know that her husband and co-agent died this month. I was really interested in her as an agent, but I figured I'd better not query her, just to give the lady a break.

Casey Something said...

Thank you, Melinda. How sad. I hadn't heard.

Casey Something said...

Updated on 09/16/09

Casey Something said...

Updated to include new website and submission information 01/20/10.

Michael G-G said...

FYI, I was just at their website and they now seem exclusively to use a submissions form.

Thanks, as always for all the useful info and links, Casey. Google always leads me back to your blog during agents searches.

Casey McCormick said...

Thanks Michael. Just updated!

Kelly Bennett said...

Dear Casey, Have I told you lately how much I appreciate all the work you put into this site? Your is my go-to spot on agents and agencies, etc. Thank you!

Casey McCormick said...

I'm glad you find the site so useful, Kelly. Thank you!

Ashley K said...

Yeah, the link after this: "She is actively seeking middle-grade and young adult novels." (Link)

That link is totally NSFW. Whoops! You should probably take that link down ;)