Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 18, 2013

HSG Literary Agency

The other week I congratulated Mimi Cross for getting an agent at HSG Literary Agency and was interested in learning more about the agency, Josh and his assistant, Danielle. Actually, there is an opportunity with Danielle Burby (below), since she is just starting to take on some clients of her own under Josh’s tutelage.

JoshBW-300x297Josh Getzler

Josh left Harcourt in 1993 to get an MBA from Columbia Business School. After Business School, Josh spent 11 years owning and operating a minor league baseball team (the Staten Island Yankees). He left baseball in late 2006 and rejoined the book world on the agent side. Josh worked at Writers House until November 2009, building a list of adult novelists, YA and middle grade authors, and the occasional nonfiction writer; then joined Russell and Volkening. In May 2011 he partnered with Carrie Hannigan and Jesseca Salky, and has been actively and happily running his list.

Josh represents more than 40 authors, including Geoff Rodkey (THE CHRONICLES OF EGG series from Putnam Children’s Books), Sam Thomas (THE MIDWIFE’S TALE—Minotaur), Cali Yost (TWEAK IT!—Center Street), EJ Copperman/Jeff Cohen (THE HAUNTED GUEST HOUSE series from Berkley Prime Crime, and Dana Cameron (SEVEN KINDS OF HELL—47 North).

Josh is particularly into foreign and historical fiction; both women’s fiction (your Downton Abbey/Philippa Gregory Mashups), straight ahead historical fiction (think Wolf Hall or The Road to Wellville); and thrillers and mysteries (The Alienist, say; or Donna Leon or Arianna Franklin). He’d LOVE a strong French Revolution novel. So send in your ruthless doges and impious cardinals…and your farmhouse cozies! (He does love cozies…) Give him atmosphere, let him learn something about another time or another place (or both), and kill off nasty Uncle Mortimer in the process—Josh will be yours!

Josh has also been taking on a significant amount of middle grade and YA: mysteries and adventure stories, strong contemporary girl books, and well thought-out retellings of classics. Not so much fantasy, and definitely not picture books. (There are many others who specialize in these books, including Carrie Hannigan at HSG!) Please don’t send religious fiction–he doesn’t have contacts in the Christian book market.

In nonfiction, he’s interested in increasing his list in history, business, and political thought–but not screeds.

For more information on Josh’s most recent sales, please see his Publishers Marketplace profile. Josh also tweets under @jgetzler, and is the Tuesday blogger on Hey, There’s a Dead Guy in the Living Room

Danielle Burby, Assistant

Armed with a love of the written word, Danielle proved her ninth grade English teacher right and her inner theater nerd wrong by choosing a career in publishing. She graduated from Hamilton College with honors and a double major in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies.  Before finding her home at HSG, she interned at Writers House, Clarion Books, Faye Bender Literary Agency, Dunow Carlson and Lerner, John Wiley and Sons, and SquareOne Publishers (along with stints as a waitress and a farmers’ market vendor). At HSG she serves as Josh Getzler’s assistant and Foreign Rights representative as well as the Tumblr-in-Chief/social media guru. Danielle was involved in way too many singing groups in college and is always up for karaoke. She has a real soft-spot for YA, especially of the historical and fantasy persuasion, and is quickly developing a love for Women’s Fiction. She also enjoys both tea and coffee, managing to defy the naysayers who claim they’re an either-or thing. She is, however, distinctly a cat person. You can follow her on twitter at @danielleburby.

They do not represent screenplays, romance fiction, science fiction, or religious fiction.HSG only accepts electronic submissions. 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. We generally respond to queries within 4-6 weeks, although we do get behind occasionally.

They prefer that you query only one agent within HSG.

Talk tomorrow,


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