Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 20, 2015

Agent Elena Giovinazzo Open Again to Query Letters

elena_gPolish up those manuscripts – Young Adult, Middle Grade, Picture Books, etc. Elena Giovinazzo at Pippin Properties is back from maternity leave and starts accepting query letters today. Don’t query unless your manuscript is 100% ready to go.

Elena is also interest in illustrators so if you’re an illustrator and would like representation, you can query her and provide her a link to your website.

She would like to see a historical novel with a contemporary feel or a heartbreaking gorgeous contemporary YA novel.

Elena joined the Pippin team in June of 2009. Having begun her publishing career in subsidiary rights, moving on to children’s book marketing with a stint in audio, she realized that a position in agenting would enable her to continue to be involved in the many aspects of publishing about which she is so passionate from one place. She is thrilled to be pursuing her love of children’s literature and the industry from her seat at Pippin and especially enjoys the treasure hunt that is sorting through the daily query emails.

Pippin Properties, Inc. is an agency devoted primarily to picture books, middle-grade, and young adult novels, but we also represent adult projects on occasion. We are always on the lookout for writers and illustrators who take the challenge of creating books seriously and are willing to give the publishing world nothing less than their very best.

Twitter: @elenagiovinazzo

If you are a writer who is interested in submitting a manuscript, please email a query and first chapter or the entire picture book manuscript to info@pippinproperties.comand include a short synopsis of the work(s), your background and/or publishing history, and anything else you think is relevant. No attachments, please. Unfortunately, we are not a large enough agency to respond to each query individually. If you don’t hear from us within three weeks, please understand that we have read and considered your query, and have concluded that we are not the right agency to represent your work at this time. If we do request additional material, we would appreciate the exclusive opportunity to review it for one month.

Submissions Pig

For illustrators interested in submitting their work, please send an initial query letter detailing your background in publishing or illustration and any other pertinent information. Links to websites with examples of your work are extremely helpful. If we are interested in seeing more of your work, we will either request that you send digital files, such as jpegs, or hard copies to be mailed to our office.

Congratulations, Elena! Best wishes to you and the baby.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Hi Kathy, Is there an email to send material to? Thanks, Bebe Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:32:14 +0000 To:


  2. Thanks for the heads up, Kathy! Always love your blog and find it sooo helpful. Though I don’t always have time to comment, LOL.


  3. Kathy, you save writers and illustrators so much time by providing agent info.
    Thank you, 😀


  4. Thanks, Kathy!!


  5. Thanks, Kathy. She’s an agent who I will definitely keep in mind!


  6. Thanks for the great post. FYI, Elena Giovinazzo’s twitter: @elenagiovinazzz


  7. Great post, Kathy! Thank you for sharing this. 😉


  8. Great lead, Kathy.


  9. Kathy, I’m very interested in the “First Pages” critique opportunity. Will the first page critiques be sent to the author only or will they be posted on your blog? Thank you!


    • Virginia,

      They will be posted on the blog. You can see January’s results by scrolling back to January 30th.



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