Pippin Properties, Inc.
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-one 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, 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 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 interested in increasing the footprint of every property we represent.

Holly McGhee
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.

Elena Giovinazzo
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

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.

Cameron Chase
Manager of Subsidiary Rights

Pippin Properties, Inc. is pleased to announce that Cameron Chase will be joining the team as Manager of Subsidiary Rights. He comes from the Hachette Book Group, where he was a Senior Subsidiary Rights Associate. Cameron will be supervising the licensing of Pippin titles for foreign territories, live stage, audio, merchandise, and permissions. He starts on June 10th and will be reachable at: cchase@pippinproperties.com.

Ashley Valentine
Agency Associate

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.