This week's Agent Spotlight features Julie Just of Pippin Properties, Inc.
Status: Open to submissions.
About: “Julie Just began her career at The New Yorker magazine reading the slush pile (author names A through K), and to this day loves finding unexpected gold in her in-box. She went on to spend more than twenty years at magazines and newspapers, most recently at the New York Times Book Review, where she reconnected with her love of children's literature. She became a literary agent in 2010, and this spring was delighted to join Pippin.” (Link)
About the Agency:
“Since 1998, Pippin Properties, Inc. has been an integrated publishing and entertainment representation agency. Located in New York City, it is a diverse agency dedicated to maximizing the creative and commercial potential of all its properties. Pippin represents the works of these writers and artists to a wide range of publishing, animation, motion picture, television, and licensing companies. Because Pippin both develops and represents its projects, it is a unique, full-service company that prides itself on attention to detail. Small and discerning in choosing its clientele, Pippin is devoted to maintaining a standard of excellence in content unmatched in the industry.” (Link)
What She's Looking For:
Fiction: Middle grade and YA fiction, and graphic novels.
Non-Fiction: Strong narrative nonfiction, biography, history (children’s and adult). (via e-mail 2/2013)
From an Interview (03/2013):
“I'd love a smart new middle grade mystery – that’s tops; a story that makes me laugh, MG or YA; and a thrilling Bronte-esque romance.” (Link)
“Her specialty is children's literature -- illustrated books, middle grade, young adult and graphic novels, with a particular interest in literary fiction, adventure, mystery, fantasy, and romance.
“Selectively, she is also interested in humor and adult fiction and nonfiction.” (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
Screenplays; picture books.
“YES, I am editorial: I work a great deal on polishing nonfiction proposals and also do editing on ms.s.” (via e-mail 2/2013)
Ms. Just’s clients include: Ana Homayoun ("The Myth of the Perfect Girl," just out from Perigee); Jeff Baron (“I Represent Sean Rosen,” coming from Greenwillow/HarperCollins in March '13); Amy Butler Greenfield ("Chantress," coming from McElderry/S&S in May '13); Renee Watson (author of "Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills," Random House 2012, recently nominated for an NAACP Image award), among others.
E-mail: Yes (only).
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Writers: E-mail a query letter that includes a synopsis of the work, your background and/or publishing history, and anything else relevant.
Illustrators: Send a query letter detailing your background in publishing or illustration and any other pertinent information. Include a link to a website with examples of your work, if possible. The agency will request digital files or hard copies if they're interested in seeing more.
See the Pippin Properties website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
“She is not interested in long synopses -- two or three paragraphs, tops.” (Link)
Ms. Just’s stated response time for queries is currently one month (see comments). Stats on the web show Ms. Just responding to most queries and requests within days to a month.
What's the Buzz?
Julie Just joined Pippin Properties in May of 2013 after a couple years with Janklow & Nesbit. Prior to becoming a literary agent, Ms. Just spent sixteen years with The New York Times where she was Deputy Editor and then Editor of the Children's and Young Adult coverage in the Book Review.
Ms. Just is very well respected in the industry, actively making sales, and her clients seem pleased with her representation.
Worth Your Time:
7 Questions For: Literary Agent Julie Just at Middle Grade Ninja (3/2013).
Children’s Bookshelf Talks with Julie Just at PW (11/2005).
Around the Web:
Western Washington Spring SCBWI conference notes on Julie Just at The Write Path (05/2013).
On My Nightstand: Julie Just's Nighttime Reading at PW (08/2011).
National Book Critics Circle Secrets of Publishing, video of the panel including Ms. Just (06/2011).
Articles and reviews by Ms. Just at The New York Times during her career there.
Please see the Pippin Properties website or one of the query databases linked above for contact information.
Last updated: 5/24/13.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 5/28/13.
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