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Agent Spotlight: Carrie Hannigan

This week's Agent Spotlight features Carrie Hannigan of HG Literary.
Status: Open to submissions.
About: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 and a similarly brief career at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, a rare book and archive dealer specializing in 19th and 20th century literature.) After 16 years working at Russell & Volkening with the esteemed Timothy Seldes, she and her colleagues opened HG Literary in 2011 (then called HSG). Carrie specializes in children’s books but also represents a select, limited list of adult books. 
"Some of her children’s book clients include: New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Vashti Harrison (LITTLE LEADERS: BOLD WOMEN IN BLACK HISTORY, LITTLE DREAMERS: VISIONARY WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD, LITTLE LEGENDS: EXCEPTIONAL MEN IN BLACK HISTORY – Little, Brown); SULWE by Lupita Nyong’o, winner of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award – Simon & Schuster, 2019). New York Times bestselling author of the Lemoncello series Chris Grabenstein; Picture book and middle grade author Erica Perl (WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU OJ – Knopf Books for Young Readers; ALL THREE STOOGES, a Sidnee Taylor Book Award Honoree and winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Children's Literature – Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2018). Author/illustrator and Theodore Geisel Honor winner Jonathan Fenske (BARNACLE IS BORED – Scholastic, 2016; I'M FUN, TOO! the first-ever LEGO® picture book – Scholastic, 2018). Author/illustrator and Theodore Geisel Honor winner Jennifer Morris (MAY I PLEASE HAVE A COOKIE? – Scholastic; FLUBBY IS NOT A GOOD PET – Penguin Workshop, 2019). YA fantasy author Laurie Forest (THE BLACK WITCH series – Inkyard Press). And author and illustrator Gilbert Ford (THE MARVELOUS THING THAT CAME FROM A SPRING – Atheneum; THE MYSTERIOUS MESSENGER – Macmillan, 2020);  Leslie Vedder (THE BONE SPINDLE - Putnam, 2022)
"Among Carrie’s adult clients are: Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of the New Horizons Mission and twice named to the Time 100 most influential people list (CHASING NEW HORIZONS – Picador, 2017); Marilyn Chase, previously a journalist and senior special writer at the Wall Street Journal (EVERYTHING SHE TOUCHED: THE LIFE OF RUTH ASAWA – Chronicle, 2020).
"In the kidlit world, from picture books to MG to YA, Carrie is looking for humorous books with warmth, heart, and a great voice in both contemporary and fantasy. She is also open to illustrators and graphic novels." (Link)

About the Agency:
“HG Literary is a boutique literary agency, formed by Carrie Hannigan and Josh Getzler in 2011 (then called HSG). Our agents have over forty years combined experience in the publishing industry and represent a diverse list of best-selling and award-winning clients.
"HG is a full-service literary agency that through collaborative and client-focused representation manages all aspects of an author’s career, from manuscript shaping, to sale and publication, subsidiary rights management, marketing and publicity strategy, and beyond. Our diverse and skilled team represents all types of fiction and non-fiction, for both adults and children, and has strong relationships with every major publisher as well as familiarity with independent and start-up publishers offering a different approach to publishing. Our clients have access to the resources and expertise of every member of our agency team, which includes contracts professionals, a film/TV rights director, foreign rights managers, and royalty and accounting specialists. Most importantly, our worth is measured by the success of our clients, and so you will find in each HG agent not only a staunch advocate but a career-long ally." (Link)

Web Presence:
HG Literary website.
Publisher’s Marketplace page.
What She's Looking For:
Genres / Specialties:
Children’s picture books through young adult. "In the kidlit world, from picture books to MG to YA, Carrie is looking for humorous books with warmth, heart, and a great voice in both contemporary and fantasy. She is also open to illustrators and graphic novels." (Link) She specifically leans towards author-illustrators.
From Her Publisher’s Marketplace Page:
"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." 
What She Isn't Looking For:
Rhyming picture books
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: Vashti Harrison, Chris Grabenstein, Jonathan Fenske, Erica Perl, Gilbert Ford, Alan Stern, Jennifer E. Morris, Stephanie Watson, Darcy Miller, Leslie Vedder, Laurie Forest, Rubin Pingk, Theodore Taylor III, among others.
Query Methods:
E-mail: No.
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: Yes. "Carrie accepts unsolicited queries through Query Tracker at http://QueryMe.Online/Hannigan." (Link)
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Use the Query Tracker Online-Form
See the HG Literary website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.  
Response Times:
Carrie responds within 8 weeks.
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.
Worth Your Time:
None found online.
Please see the HG Literary website for additional contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last Updated: 5/7/2020.
Agent Contacted for Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 5/7/20.
Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at natalieiaguirre7(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.


Joshua David Bellin, Sci-Fi Author said...

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!

Rosi said...

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

Cynthia said...

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

Creepy Query Girl said...

thanks! *starts prepping query*

Rachna Chhabria said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

L. Diane Wolfe said...

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?

Robyn Campbell said...

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

Cynthia said...

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.