Monday, July 11, 2016

Six literary agents at HSG seek authors, including new agents Danielle Burby and Leigh Eisenman

Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency
Carrie Hannigan, Josh Getzler & Jesseca Salky
37 West 28th St, 8th floor
New York, NY 10001

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Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency is a newish literary agency with six agents on staff, all of them acquiring new authors – everything from picture books, to YA, literary fiction and nonfiction. The two newest member of the team are Danielle Burby and Leigh Eisenman, and like all new agents, they need authors.

Danielle Burby began working at HSG in early 2013 but has just been promoted to agent and foreign rights manager. Before finding her home at HSG, she interned at Writer’s House; Clarion Books; Faye Bender Literary Agency; Dunow, Carlson & Lerner; and SquareOne Publishers. She also did some freelance copy editing for John Wiley & Sons. She graduated from Hamilton College with an honors degree in women’s studies and creative writing. 

Her passion lies in young adult novels, women’s fiction, mysteries, and fantasy. She gravitates toward stories with strong voices and particularly enjoys complex female characters, coming-of-age stories, complicated family dynamics, and narratives that explore social issues. She finds it hard to resist gorgeous writing and is a sucker for romantic plot lines that are an element of the narrative but don’t dominate it. 

Genres that appeal to her include contemporary YA, fantasy that takes her to an unfamiliar world, historical fiction, cozy mysteries, and upmarket women’s fiction.

Query Danielle at:
Include the first five pages of your manuscript pasted into the email – no attachments! If it is a picture book, include the entire manuscript. If you were referred to HSG, mention it in the first line of your query. 

Leigh Eisenman joined HSG Agency in the fall of 2015. Like so many English majors before her, Leigh answered the question of “what next?” upon graduating from college with “law school, of course!” She graduated from Dartmouth College and received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. After ten years of practicing law in the New York offices of several international firms, she decided to follow her dream of becoming part of the New York City literary landscape. 

She worked for a year at Folio Literary Management prior to moving to HSG. Leigh now combines her legal background with her love of books as a junior agent with HSG, actively building her own client list, and as an associate with the Salky Law Firm, providing legal counsel to authors and publishing professionals.

Leigh seeks submissions in the areas of literary and commercial fiction for adults, and is particularly drawn to flawed protagonists she can’t help but fall in love with (Holden Caulfield was her first crush); stories that take place in contemporary New York, but also any well-defined, vivid setting; and given her background, novels set in law firms or involving lawyers (but not legal thrillers).

On the nonfiction side, Leigh is interested in foodie/cookbooks (especially baking and – maybe conversely – healthy cooking), health and fitness, lifestyle, and select narrative nonfiction.
Query Leigh at:
Include the first five pages of your manuscript pasted into the email – no attachments! If it is a picture book, include the entire manuscript. If you were referred to HSG, mention it in the first line of your query. 

Canoeing to a quiet writing spot
 at Arowhon Pines Resort
Brian Henry has a number of workshops coming up: “How to Build Your Story,” Saturday, July 16, in Midland (see here), “Writing and Revising,” Saturday, July 23 in Kitchener (see here),“How to Make Your Stories Dramatic,” Saturday, Aug 20, in Oakville (see here), and “You can write great dialogue,” Sunday, Aug 21, in Brampton (see here).

For those who love great food and a beautiful setting with their writing, Brian Henry will lead a Fall Colours Writing Retreat at Arowhon Pines Resort in Algonquin Park, Friday, Sept 16 – Sunday, Sept 18 (see here).

This fall, Brian will offer a wide range of classes:

“Welcome to Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons, Sept 29 - Dec 8, in Oakville.
 “Writing Kid Lit ~ Picture Books to YA,” (new)Tuesday afternoons, Sept 27 - Nov 22 (no class Oct 11), in Burlington.
“Intermediate Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, Sept 21 to Nov 30 (no class Oct 12), in Burlington (see here)
Intermediate Creative Writing,” Thursday evenings, Sept 29 - Dec 8, in Georgetown (see here).
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, Intensive Sept 14 - Dec 14 (no class Oct 12) , in Burlington.
See details of all five classes offered this fall here.
To reserve a spot or for more details, email

Martha Webb
Brian will lead “How to Get Published” workshops on Saturday, Oct 15 in Burlington with literary agent Cassandra Rodgers of The Rights Factory as his guest speaker (details to be posted soon), and on Saturday, October 29, in Caledon, at the Bolton Public Library, with Martha Web of the McDermid Agency (see here). 
To register or for details, email:

Then on Saturday, November 19, Brian will lead a “Writing for Children and for Young Adults” workshop in Mississauga with Anne Shone, Senior Editor, Scholastics Canada as his guest speaker.

To register of for more information for any of the above, email:

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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