This week's Agent Spotlight features Nancy Gallt of the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency.
Status: Accepting submissions.
About: "Nancy Gallt attended Williams College where she received a BA in English. For nearly 25 years she worked in subsidiary rights at Viking, HarperCollins Children's Books, Morrow Junior Books, Greenwillow, and Lothrop Lee & Shepard. In 2000, she founded the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency in order to represent a wide-ranging list of authors and illustrators. In addition, she is the North American sales representative for the Australian Licensing Corporation, a scout for DTV Junior in Germany, and sub-agents for the children's book authors at New Zealand's Ray Richards Agency." (Link)
Ms. Gallt lives in South Orange, New Jersey with her dog and has two grown children.
About the Agency:
"The Nancy Gallt Literary Agency focuses on developing and finding the right home for the work of some of the most talented writers and illustrators in the children’s book industry. Established in 2000 by Nancy Gallt, and later joined by Marietta B. Zacker, we aim to bring to life stories and artwork that help young readers throughout the world become life-long book enthusiasts. We represent authors and illustrators who share and, through their work, exemplify that vision." (Link)
"At the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency, we represent people, not projects and we focus solely on writers and illustrators of children’s books." (Link)
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 now broken)
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)
According to a commenter on QueryTracker in 2008, she isn't really interested in "horse stories."
Ms. Gallt has been know to make revision suggestions, but I don't believe she is editorial. A former client reported via e-mail that she isn't.
A comprehensive list of clients is available on the website.
Ms. Gallt does not actively report her deals to Publisher's Marketplace, but she has many confirmed sales. You can view her clients and some of their available titles on the Nancy Gallt Lit website.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Electronic: See the submissions form on the Nancy Gallt website.
Snail-mail: Send a query and the first five pages (or complete picture book manuscript) with a SASE.
See the Nancy Gallt Literary website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines including other submission particulars.
The agency only responds if interested. Stated response time is 6 weeks. If you do not hear back, assume rejection. Response times on requested material seem to fall anywhere from under a month to several.
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.One writer sent the following information in in early 2009. Since then, two other agents have joined the agency.
"Be aware that while Nancy has some very big name clients on her list, she works alone in her agency and is very busy. I know of more than one client who left because of communication difficulties and/or their submissions not receiving the personal attention needed to secure sales. That said, Nancy is very personable and friendly, and while not editorial, has a good pulse on how to reach readers effectively."
Worth Your Time
None that I could find.
Around the Web:
Keep an eye on the contact page of the website for conferences Ms. Gallt will be attending.
Ms. Gallt answers the question: "How can a writer determine whether royalty or purchase (possibly with advance) will prove most advantageous?" here.
You can read a lovely article here about Ms. Gallt's annual publishing party and the passing of her husband, Crain Virden.
Please see the Nancy Gallt Literary website for contact and query information.
Last updated: 9/21/11.
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes (in 2010).
Last Reviewed By Agent? No response.
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