Part of the success of Pippin is due to a philosophy shared by all Pippin artists and authors:
The world owes you nothing. You owe the world your best work.
Evergreens—we want to create books that will stand the test of time.
We want to work with people in all media who share our philosophy.
We are based in New York City, at 110 West 40th, at Bryant Park, close to the B, D, M, F, N, R, 456 and 123 trains, and we use that to our great advantage, hosting regular portfolio parties to show off our artist's work and visitIng with editors and our own clients, as well as foreign publishers, scouts, and film producers, whenever they pass through the Big Apple. This is a huge advantage for our clients too, as we foster friends and personal relationships across all genres of literature. We have the editorial expertise required to help bring each project to its full potential, prior to submission, and we place nearly every project we submit. We'll work as hard as you do, and we are avid caretakers of our clients' projects, marketing plans, and careers, be it picture books, middle-grade, young adult, graphic, novelty, and adult trade projects. We grow as you grow, and are devoted to maintaining a standard of excellence in content unmatched in the industry. Additionally, we are a little bit obsessed with licensing every ancillary right to our books that we can, from live stage to theatrical to merchandise to audio. In tandem with our clients' desires, we are interested in increasing the footprint of every property we represent.
Holly M. McGhee still carried MADELINE around in 3rd grade -- until Mrs. Carrier, her school librarian, tricked her into reading longer books by giving her one with her name on it, HOLLY IN THE SNOW. After college, Holly headed straight into the book world of New York City, where she has enjoyed being a secretary, an advertising manager, a sales rep (for one month), and in the six years prior to opening the doors at Pippin, an executive editor at HarperCollins. Now, as the President and Creative Director of Pippin she is dedicated to shepherding books that make a difference into the world. Someone once told her, "If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life," and that has proven true for her.
Elena Giovinazzo, Senior Agent, always thought she'd be an English teacher. That is, until the day she realized (later than she cares to admit) that books came from someplace and that there were jobs in those places. She immediately set out to find one of those jobs. After attending the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver she worked her way through positions in subsidiary rights and marketing, until she landed at Pippin in June of 2009 and never looked back. She has been mining the queries for gold and jewels ever since.
Heather Alexander comes from a family where the constant refrain was, “Don’t forget to bring a book!” She never stopped reading books for kids, and when a great children's lit professor in college introduced her to Phillip Pullman and MT Anderson, her career path became obvious. Heather landed in editorial at Penguin, where she happily stayed for six years, working with both debut and veteran authors and illustrators. In addition to cultivating the careers of her clients, Heather manages foreign, audio, live stage, and merchandise rights, as well as permissions for all of Pippin. She looks for stories that will be the favorites of generations, unique perspectives well told, and authors and illustrators dedicated to using their art to make the world a better place.
Sara Crowe, Senior Agent, did not know what a literary agent was when she graduated from college, but was incredibly happy to find out that such a job existed and has never looked back. She began her career as The Wylie Agency, and worked in foreign rights for eight years. For the last decade she has been at Harvey Klinger, Inc., building a list of children's and adult fiction including many New York Times best selling and award-winning authors and titles. She loves finding new talent to champion, and nurturing and developing careers. More info can be found on her website.
Ashley Valentine remembers the day she discovered THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIRLY STUPID TALES at her local library. Her 9-year-old mind blown, she realized that words and pictures were friends she always wanted around. Years later, Ashley studied painting in college and created visual narratives of her own. She moved on to teach kids' art classes, managed events at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and was studio manager to author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi. In 2016, she packed up her things and relocated to the Big Apple to join the fierce team of Pips. Here, she hopes to further her passion for story through supporting others in sharing theirs.
"Art has the power to make any spot on earth the living center of the universe; and unlike science, which often gives us the illusion of understanding things we really do not understand, it helps us to know life in a way that still keeps before us the mystery of things. It enhances the sense of wonder. And wonder is respect for life." --William Steig, in his Caldecott Medal acceptance speech for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble