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Agent Spotlight: Jill Grinberg

This week's Agent Spotlight features Jill Grinberg of Jill Grinberg Literary Management, LLC.

Status: Open to submissions.

Jill; photo by Ali SmithAbout: Jill Grinberg was previously a partner of Anderson Grinberg Literary Management with Kathleen Anderson before establishing Jill Grinberg Literary Management in 2007. As well as running her own agency, Ms. Grinberg subagents for Curtis Brown Australia, David Higham Associate, Curtis Brown Ltd., Margaret Conolloy and Associates, Australian Literary Management, and Robinson Literary Agency. She has over ten years of experience as an agent, attended Tufts University, and lives in New York.

Web Presence:

Jill Grinberg Literary website.

Publisher's Marketplace page.

Twitter @JillGrinbergLit.

AAR Profile.



What She's Looking For:

Genres / Specialties:

Fiction: General fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Juvenile Fiction,

Non-Fiction: Biography, History, Mind/Body/Spirit, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks
Children's, African-American, Science (Link).

What She Isn’t Looking For:

Screenplays, poetry.

Editorial Agent?

Yes. See this post at The Chinook Update.


Alexandra Adornetto, Alma Alexander, Susanne Antonetta, Julie Chibbaro, Catherine Clark, Audrey Couloumbis, Sara Donati, Henry Gee, Alison Goodman, Andy Griffiths, Christopher Healy, Kevin Hearne, Jennifer Holm, Matthew Holm, Margo Lanagan, Justine Larbalestier, Rosina Lippi, Melina Machetta, John Marciano, John Marsden, Lauren McLaughlin, Marissa Meyer, Nicholas Montemarano, Jacklyn Moriarty, Cartherine Gilbert Murdock, Garth Nix, T.J. Stiles, Lian Tanner, Scott Westerfeld, Colin Woodard, among others.

Query Methods:

E-mail: Yes (preferred).

Snail-Mail: Yes.

Online-Form: No.

Submission Guidelines (always verify):

“Please send your query letter to info(at)jillgrinbergliterary(dot)com and attach the first 50 pages (fiction) or proposal (non-fiction) as a .doc file. All submissions will be read, but electronic mail is preferred.” (Link)

See the Gringberg Literary website or Publisher's Marketplace page for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.

Response Times:

Stats on the web show Ms. Grinberg responding to most queries and requested materials within 1-6 weeks.

What's the Buzz?

Ms. Gringberg is a long-established agent with an impressive clientele and track record.  Her clients seem quite happy under her representation and are quick to praise her. She’s noted to have a nice rejection letter and continues to respond to most submissions. 

Worth Your Time:


None that I could find online.

Around the Web:

Jill Grinberg Literary Management, LLC thread at AbsoluteWrite.

Jill Gringerg at P&E ($).

Jill Grinberg and the Art of the Query at The Chinook Update (10/2013).

Jill Grinberg on Her Editorial Process at The Chooknook Update (10/2013).

Jill Grinberg Literary Management Rights Guides at Graal (2011 to Current).

Justine Larbalestier announces Jill Grinberg as her new agent and meets her perfect agent requirements (2005). Ms. Larbalestier also praises Ms. Grinberg in this post (2009).


Please see the Grinberg Literary Management website or Ms. Grinberg's Publisher's Marketplace page for contact and query information.

Profile Details:

Last updated: 1/24/14.

Last Reviewed By Agent: 2/2/2011


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/teen fiction. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying. The information found herein is subject to change.


  1. Hmm, this is very interesting, thanks for digging up all this information. With clients such as Garth Nix and the like, I'm shocked she's not a member of AAR. But her track record does seem to speak for itself.

    Other than the web presence, she seems right up my alley!

  2. I just can't get excited over agents who only accept snail mail. AND no web site. How ancient is she?

    It's not just that it's inefficient, but it's a sort of snobbery: "WE don't do that sort of thing..."

    This would be like dealing with my aging Auntie Mabel, sorry.

  3. Fran, a lot of veteran agents have full lists and don't need the influx of submissions that comes with having a large web presence. If you don't have a specific reason to want to query her, just focus on those with the web presence and visibility you're looking for.

  4. Submission guidelines updated 01/08/10.

  5. Just emailed her at the "info" address and got back an autoresponse saying that they received it. That's pretty cool. I like that. No wondering if it got lost in the nexus.

  6. It's my understanding that Richard Abate, formerly of WMA/Endeavor, is now at Grinberg. Anyone know for sure?

  7. I'm not sure, Anon. I don't think so. There's a Dec deal listing on PM that has Richard Abate as being with 3 Arts Entertainment. QueryTracker has him listed there as well.

  8. i got to this from your most recent post. Thank you

  9. Received this lovely feedback from a client:

    "Would like to give Jill Grinberg and her associate Cheryl Pientka a five star rating. They are outstanding agents and negotiated a lovely publishing contract for us with Disney Hyperion. Could not ask for better representation."

  10. These agent spotlights are great for those querying. Thanks! I wanted to add an update here. The agency Publisher's Marketplace page reads:

    "Please send your query letter to and attach the first 50 pages (fiction) or proposal (non-fiction) as a .doc file. All submissions will be read, but electronic mail is preferred."

  11. Hi Casey ~ You have a wonderfully helpful site. Just wanted to let you know, the links to her website are dead.

  12. Thank you, Carol. It's due for an update!

  13. Does anyone know her current response time? I know on here it says 1-6 weeks, but it seems she's taking longer now.

  14. I just sent her a query with a doc. file attached.
    Then I got a response saying to attach a docx. file!
    Looks like the old links are wrong, the Publishers' Marketplace info is correct.