Jesseca Salky has been an agent for over a decade, and in the publishing industry even longer. She got her start at Random House and spent her formative years as an agent at the boutique literary agency, Russell & Volkening. Jesseca represents New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler, whose 20th novel, A Spool of Blue Thread, was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Other highlights from her list include A Year in the Life of Chloe Snow (Simon Pulse, April 2017), We're All Damaged by Matthew Norman (Little A, June 2016); The Curve by Jeremy Blachman and Cameron Stracher (Ankerwycke, June 2016) and The Tumble Inn by William Loizeaux (Syracuse University Press, 2014). Jesseca received her J.D. from Fordham Law School and in addition to being an agent, does legal work for authors, publishers, agents and other publishing industry professionals who need a legal perspective. For legal matters only, you can reach her at email@example.com.
Jesseca is looking for literary fiction submissions that are family stories, have a strong sense of character or place, or a daring or unique voice (think I Want to Show You More by Jamie Quatro), as well as upmarket commercial fiction that can appeal to men and women and has that Tropper/Hornby/Matt Norman quality to it. Some recent books she wishes she’d agented are The Vacationers by Emma Straub, My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout and Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. She also loves to read non-fiction with a strong narrative in the areas of current affairs, food, finance, psychology, science, history and parenting.
Assistant: Ellen Goff
Ellen graduated from The University of Chicago in the spring of 2016 with a degree in English and Film and a focus in Creative Writing. Ellen has worked everywhere from The White House under the Obama administration to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. After time with Sanford J. Greenburger & Associates Literary Agency, she finally settled with HSG and now works as an assistant to both Carrie and Jesseca.
While Ellen is not currently accepting queries, she enjoys all fiction from science fiction to contemporary, especially Young Adult novels and books that read with the conciseness of screenplays. The best writing advice she ever received was to never end a sentence with a word the reader is expecting. She has a specific fondness for stories with a southern setting that remind her of her home state of Kentucky.