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Jesseca Salky began her publishing career at Random House and spent her formative years as an agent and foreign rights manager at the boutique literary agency, Russell & Volkening. Jesseca represents a wide variety of literary authors, with a focus on literary fiction. Her clients include New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler, among other critically acclaimed and prize-winning writers. Jesseca is also an attorney, 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 (she loves a good mother/daughter tale), have a strong sense of place (where the setting feels like its own character), or a daring or unique voice (think Jamie Quatro), as well as upmarket fiction that can appeal to men and women and has that Tropper/Hornby/Matt Norman quality to it. She loves interwoven or multiple narratives, novels in stories, and surprising character arcs. Some recent books she wishes she’d agented are The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti, Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney, My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout and Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. She also represents select narrative non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, food, psychology, science, history and parenting.
NOTE: If Jesseca has not responded to your query within ten weeks of submission, please consider this a pass.
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.