Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 29, 2019

Agent Looking For Clients – Erin Casey

Erin Casey

Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency

Erin’s Manuscript Wish List

Erin is open to all kid lit age groups, from picture books through YA, and is particularly drawn to work that shows the author’s world- and character-building ability. She wants to believe wholeheartedly in the world of the book, whether the setting is familiar or fantastic. She wants to see authentic, thoughtful representations of all people so that every kid can find a book that speaks to them. She wants even the simplest lines of text to pluck at her heartstrings because they’re so beautifully written. Erin loves getting so engrossed in a book she forgets she’s reading entirely.

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children’s, Commercial, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Historical, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, Mystery, New Adult, Picture Books, Poetry, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: History, Humor, Illustrated, LGBTQ, Pop Culture, Science, Sports

Favorite sub-genres: Magical Realism, Speculative

Fun stuff: I’m an escapist reader – I read to live in another person’s experience for a little while. I love magical realism and speculative novels that take our world and change one small thing or turn it on its head entirely. I love fantasy, high or low, and it’s usually what I turn to for pleasure reading. I’m excited to be reading and representing more graphic novels. I’m interested in nonfiction but preferably not straight biographies unless the world really needs to hear that person’s story. If I’m going to read realistic contemporary, I want to learn something, broaden my perspective, or be otherwise removed from the traditional high school drama of white cishet teenage existence. I’m not the best fit for romance or super commercial, dramatic YA plots (think The OC) but I’m open to well-written and well-plotted “guilty pleasure” books. I am looking to build a diverse list of fiction that provides mirrors, windows, and doors for all kids. No adult fiction or nonfiction please!

Fun facts about me: I’ve always loved sports and still competitively play volleyball and ultimate frisbee. I love being outside and am finally starting to rack up National Park visits. I love animals, particularly dogs, whales, and horses – I dream of one day owning an animal rescue/farm (not for whales though…).

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

Choose one agent to query. If that agent passes, you can query another. While we ask that you query only one agent within GZLA at a time, we encourage you to submit your work to other agencies simultaneously.

Using that agent’s query-specific e-mail, on the subject line, please write your last name and the title of your manuscript (if you illustrate but don’t write, write your last name and the word ILLUSTRATOR). Then, in the body of the e-mail, include a query letter with the following:

  • Who you are (please include your website if you have one)
  • What your manuscript is about or a description of your artistry
  • How you came to write that story or draw those illustrations
  • Why you are querying that specific agent
  • A sample of your work keeping the following in mind:
    • If you are a writer, include the first 2000 words (or less, for full picture book texts) pasted in the body of the e-mail (no attachments).
    • If you are an illustrator, author/illustrator, or graphic novelist, please include a link to your website or online portfolio.
    • If you have a dummy or sample illustration pages available and they cannot be accessed online, you are welcome to attach that as one PDF. Otherwise, again, do not include attachments.

We endeavor to respond to all queries within 4 weeks. If we haven’t done so in that time frame, please resend or feel free to query another GZLA agent.

Guidelines & Details


I’d like the next…
Avatar: The Last Airbender; Steven Universe; a book with the ingenuity and world/character building of the Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin but for kids/young adults.

My favorites include…
Books: Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks, The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas, The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin, all things by Terry Pratchett (but particularly the City Watch Discworld series), The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Ekua Holmes, Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn, and of course good ol’ Harry Potter.

Movies/TV: Indiana Jones, The Blues Brothers, Steven Universe, Disney, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Good Place, Killing Eve, Jane the Virgin.

Podcasts: The Adventure Zone, MBMBAM, Burn It All Down, She Explores, This American Life, Up First.

Video Games: Zelda (Ocarina of Time and Breath of the Wild tie for first), Battlefront II, Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley, Red Dead Redemption.


Talk tomorrow,




  1. Thanks, Kathy. Very helpful.

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  2. Great interview! Thanks, Kathy and Erin. 🙂


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