The world owes you nothing. You owe the world your best work.
Pippin Properties, Inc. opened its doors in 1998, and for the past twenty-two years we have been privileged to help build careers for authors and artists whose work stands the test of time, many of whom have become household names in their own right. We are based in New York City, at 110 West 40th, adjacent to Bryant Park.
Though our primary focus is for the highest caliber literature for young people, we also eagerly represent our clients' fiction, nonfiction, and graphic works should they decide to write for an adult-trade readership. 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 and strategists for our clients' projects, marketing plans, and careers —be it picture books, middle-grade, young adult, graphic novels, 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 passionate about increasing the footprint of every property we represent.
Pippin Properties is also dedicated to diversity, inclusion and equity in all facets of publishing. We believe we must all do our part to dismantle inequitable practices and systemic racism in the publishing industry and in our country. Pippin Properties has pledged to do our part by offering initiatives that aim to amplify and support underrepresented groups.
Founder and Creative Director
Holly 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.
Vice President and Senior Agent
Elena Giovinazzo 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.
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 at The Wylie Agency and worked in foreign rights for eight years. For the last decade, she has been 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.
David Ford is a dual US/ UK national who began his publishing career as one of the founding members of Walker Books Ltd in London, where he became Managing Director. He then returned to the States as the founding president and CEO of Candlewick Press before returning to his native Georgia, where he opened an independent bookshop on St Simons Island. David then moved to New York as publisher of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Most recently, David was appointed General Manager at Pippin, where he is surrounded by a small and energized team of young and brilliant co-workers, and he continues to count his blessings.
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.
Manager of Subsidiary Rights
Cameron Chase will never forget reading when the protagonist in The Giver sees color for the first time. He realized suddenly that a gigantic void existed in his (elementary school) mind: in books, you can see through the eyes of someone living in a world utterly different than your own, of someone mystified by something as banal as color. The desire to learn more about what worlds might exist sparked in him a lifelong love of reading. Cameron studied literature at Lewis & Clark College, worked with students in therapeutic poetry writing, and transitioned from a big corporate publisher to the endlessly inspiring team at Pippin.
Cameron supervises the licensing of Pippin titles for foreign territories, live stage, audio, merchandise, and permissions. You can reach him at email@example.com for more information.
Rakeem Nelson’s parents couldn’t get him to read as a child—little did they know they just weren’t giving him the right books! Once he got his hands on the CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS SERIES, it was as if a fire was lit within him. Later in life, he discovered simply reading wasn’t enough and wanted to take a peek behind the scenes. In 2019, he dipped his toe in the book publishing world with an internship with Macmillan and instantly fell in love. Here at Pippin, he hopes to learn all he can, while supporting his amazing team!