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Agent Spotlight: Carrie Hannigan

This week's Agent Spotlight features Carrie Hannigan of Hannigan, Salky, Getzler Agency.

Status: Open to submissions.

CarrieBW-300x300About: “Carrie was lucky enough to find her way to agenting quickly after moving to New York City. (There was a brief stint in the Rolling Stone Art & Photo Department until she came to her senses and realized she’d rather attend a reading than a concert. And a similarly brief career at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, a rare book and archive dealer specializing in 19th and 20th century literature.) Carrie had the pleasure of working with the esteemed Timothy Seldes for 14 years at Russell & Volkening literary agency and helped to manage the works of such luminary authors as Anne Tyler, Ntozake Shange, Eudora Welty, Barbara Tuchman and Bernard Malamud. During her time at Russell & Volkening Carrie had her hands in almost every aspect of the business from selling audio and first serial rights to reprint and permission rights and finally settling in as a children’s book agent. Some of her children’s book clients include: picture book writer and middle grade and YA novelist Erica Perl (CHICKEN BUTT IS BACK- Abrams April 2011 and WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU OJ- Knopf Books for Young Readers, June 2011), adult and middle grade author and journalist Ken Wells (RASCAL: A DOG AND HIS BOY – Knopf Books for Young Readers, September 2010), picture book author and illustrator Jennifer Morris (PLEASE WRITE BACK! – Cartwheel/Scholastic, April 2010) among many other talented authors. Carrie also now represents select adult books, both fiction (no thrillers please – send it to Josh) and narrative non-fiction. Some non-fiction areas she is currently interested in are social sciences, food, travel, women and children’s issues, photography and almost any kind of immersion journalism. Among her adult authors are novelist and journalist Ken Wells (MEELY LA BAUVE- Random House , CRAWFISH MOUNTAIN- Random House, GOOD PIRATES OF THE FORGOTTEN BAYOUS Yale University Press), Paul Clemens (MADE IN DETROIT- Doubleday, PUNCHING OUT-Doubleday) and photographer Michael Soluri.

“For the last five years Carrie was also Co-Publisher of Pond Press, an independent illustrated book publisher specializing in photographer monographs.

“For more information on Carrie’s most recent sales, please see her Publishers Marketplace profile.” (Link)

About the Agency:

“HSG Agency is a full-service literary agency founded in May 2011.

“Carrie Hannigan, Jesseca Salky, and Josh Getzler met at the venerable literary agency Russell & Volkening, Inc. where they were mentored by the inimitable Tim Seldes. They have operated as a dynamic team on behalf of all of the authors on their varied lists and among them have more than thirty years experience in various sectors of book publishing.

“They see forming HSG, in this changing world of publishing, as an opportunity to bridge the traditional agency model with a more progressive mode of representing authors, using creative methods to keep abreast of the new avenues to distribute content.

“They primarily pursue traditional publishing opportunities for their clients, while considering alternative methods of publication and distribution that reflect the growing digital marketplace and new means of sale and publicity for books. They work with each individual client to develop a strategy appropriate to the genre, style and goals of the author.” (Link)

Web Presence:

HSG Agency website.

Publisher’s Marketplace page.

HSG Agency Tumblr.

HSG Agency Facebook.


What She's Looking For:

Genres / Specialties:

Children’s picture books through young adult; adult fiction and nonfiction. (Link)

Via E-mail (09/2013):

“I was a dance major when I first went to college and would love to find a YA that focuses around a dancer. I am also looking for middle grade with a lot of humor, similar to the Fudge books.” (via e-mail)

From Her Publisher’s Marketplace Page (as of 9/2013):

“I represent all types of children's books from picture books through middle grade and YA. I also represent adult fiction and non-fiction books.

“In children's books I am looking for picture books (no rhyming, please), middle grade and YA. While I do represent some fantasy, it really has to stand out from what is already on the market. In adult books, I am looking for literary and women's fiction and narrative non-fiction in the areas of social sciences, food, travel, women's and children's issues, photography and almost any kind of immersion journalism.”  (Link)

From a Blog Contest (02/2012):

“Adult fiction: Women's commercial fiction and literary fiction.

“Adult Non-fiction: Narrative non-fiction.

“Middle grade: Anything!

“YA: Almost anything. But I'm not looking for dystopian YA right now. I also don't represent many paranormal or fantasy writers unless their manuscript really stands out in the crowd.” (Link)

What She Isn't Looking For:

Thrillers, rhyming picture books, screenplays, romance fiction, science fiction, or religious fiction (Link, Link).

Editorial Agent?

“Yes, I am an editorial agent. I always revise and edit with my clients as it is rare for a manuscript to be perfect when it first comes in. Even at the picture book level!” (via e-mail 9/2013)


There are pages of client titles on the agency website.

Ms. Hannigan’s clients include: Linda Booth Sweeney, Paul Clemens, David Gavril, William Loizeaux, Ann McCallum, Jennifer Morris, Erica Perl, Michael Soluri, Stephanie Watson, Ken Wells, among others.  

Query Methods:

E-mail: Yes (only).

Snail-Mail: No.

Online-Form: No.

Submission Guidelines (always verify):

Query only one agent at the agency.

“Please send a query letter and the first five pages of your manuscript (within the email–no attachments please!) to the appropriate agent for your book. If it is a picture book, please include the entire manuscript. If you were referred to us, please mention it in the first line of your query.”

See the HSG Agency website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.  

Response Times:

“We generally respond to queries within 4-6 weeks, although we do get behind occasionally.” (Link)

Stats on the web show a response range of just hours to a couple months on queries, and days to a few months on requested material.

What's the Buzz?

Ms. Hannigan is a long-established agent with verified clients and sales. She is open to all types of children’s books (except rhyming picture books) and appears to represent author-illustrators as well.

Check the agency’s Facebook page for current news and happenings.

Worth Your Time:


None found online.

Around the Web:

Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency thread at AbsoluteWrite.

Carrie Hannigan at Predators and Editors.

Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency at Preditors and Editors.

Ms. Hannigan and HSG in the 2014 Guide to Literary Agents via Google Books.

Secret Agent Unveiled: Carrie Hannigan at Miss Snark’s First Victim – read the contest entries that month for her comments (02/2012).


Please see the HSG Agency website for additional contact and query information.

Profile Details:

Last Updated: 9/26/13.

Last Reviewed By Agent? 9/26/13.


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 an agent. The information found herein is subject to change.


  1. I had contact with Carrie a year or so ago when I was shopping around a manuscript, and she's great--smart, funny, genuine. Highly recommended!

  2. Thanks for posting this. I will definitely be sending her a submission.

  3. Thanks for posting. It's always nice to know there are agents out there who are open to all genres.

  4. Getting my query ready for Carrie, she sounds perfect for me :)

  5. Thanks for the info. I'll put this in my literary bookmarks.

  6. Looking at other opportunities besides traditional - that seems to be what a lot of agents are doing now.

    Interesting that she's not taking any dystopian. Has it run its course?

  7. Oh wowee! She takes picture books! SCHWEET! Thanks for all you ladies do. *pat on the back*

  8. Thanks for sharing this. I've been told before that it's hard to market religious fiction (or even fiction with religion as a supporting character), so it's nice to see that there's an agent out there who represents this.