Josh left Harcourt in 1993 to get an MBA from Columbia Business School. After Business School, Josh spent 11 years owning and operating a minor league baseball team (the Staten Island Yankees). He left baseball in late 2006 and rejoined the book world on the agent side. Josh worked at Writers House until November 2009, building a list of adult novelists, YA and middle grade authors, and the occasional nonfiction writer; then joined Russell and Volkening. In May 2011 he partnered with Carrie Hannigan and Jesseca Salky, and has been actively and happily running his list.
Josh represents more than 60 authors, including Geoff Rodkey (NYT Best Selling THE TAPPER TWINS series from Little, Brown), Paul Goldberg (THE YID—Picador), Todd Moss (The Judd Ryker thriller series from Putnam), EJ Copperman/Jeff Cohen (The best-selling HAUNTED GUEST HOUSE series from Berkley Prime Crime among others), EM Powell (The FIFTH KNIGHT series from Thomas & Mercer with more than 150,000 sales), Jessica Burkhart (Best Selling CANTERWOOD CREST series), Asha Dornfest (PARENT HACKS out from Workman) and Gerald Elias (the Daniel Jacobus mystery series from Severn).
Josh is particularly into foreign and historical fiction; both women’s fiction (your Downton Abbey/Philippa Gregory Mashups), straight ahead historical fiction (think Wolf Hall or The Road to Wellville); and thrillers and mysteries (The Alienist, say; or Donna Leon or Arianna Franklin). He’d LOVE a strong French Revolution novel. So send in your ruthless doges and impious cardinals…and your farmhouse cozies! (He does love cozies…) Give him atmosphere, let him learn something about another time or another place (or both), and kill off nasty Uncle Mortimer in the process—Josh will be yours!
Josh has also been taking on a significant amount of middle grade fiction, which has been a particular sweet spot. Settings that are just a little off seem to be a real favorite, along with contemporary/funny books about kids. Not so much high fantasy or science fiction, and definitely not picture books. (There are many others who specialize in these books, including Carrie Hannigan at HSG; and our own Danielle Burby is working on a lot of YA these days.) Please don’t send religious fiction–he doesn’t have contacts in the Christian book market.
In nonfiction, he’s very interested in increasing his list in history (including micro-histories), business, and political thought–but not screeds.
Josh responds to all email queries, which should include a pitch letter and the FIRST five (or so) pages of the manuscript. Silence does not mean a pass, it just means the queue is long. Please do NOT send queries by mail—they will not be answered.
For more information on Josh’s most recent sales, please see his Publishers Marketplace profile. Josh also tweets under @jgetzler, and is the Tuesday blogger on Hey, There’s a Dead Guy in the Living Room http://heydeadguy.typepad.com/.
Assistant: Jon Cobb
Jon began working at HSG in the summer of 2016. After graduating from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, he decided to follow his dream of joining the publishing industry by moving to New York. He gained valuable experience interning at NYU Press and Writers House, while also pursuing a Master’s degree in Publishing: Digital and Print Media at NYU.
While Jon is not currently accepting queries, genres that appeal to him include historical fiction, fantasy and sci-fi, spy thrillers, and African American literature. He has an appreciation for skillful world building thanks to a childhood growing up alongside Harry Potter, and a weakness for stories with diverse casts of characters, grey and gray morality, and anything whatsoever related to video games.