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Agent Spotlight: Nancy Gallt

This week's Agent Spotlight features Nancy Gallt of the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency.

Status: Accepting submissions.

panel1_startAbout: "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)

Web Presence:

Nancy Gallt Literary 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 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."

Editorial Agent?

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's clients include: Bety G. Birney, Jeanne DuPrau, Bagram Ibatoulline, Jenny Moss, Rick Riordan, Janni Lee Simner, among many others.


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.

Query Methods:

E-mail: No.

Snail-Mail: Yes.

Online-Form: Yes.

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. 

Response Times:

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:

Nancy Gallt Literary thread on AbsoluteWrite.

Nancy Gallt on P&E.

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.

Profile Details:

Last updated: 9/21/11.

Agent Contacted For Review? Yes (in 2010).

Last Reviewed By Agent? No response.


Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at agentspotlight(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.


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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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

  7. 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.

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

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

  13. 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 ;)