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Ms. Ellen Goff

HG Literary

37 West 28th St, 8th floor

New York, NY 10001

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Twitter: ellenpauleygoff

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from writingbubbly
Nov 25, 2022 2:11 pm

Per interview with Kathy Temean from 11/25/2022 Ellen is interested in:
Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Commercial, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Historical, Horror, Literary, Middle Grade, New Adult, Picture Books, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

For picture books: Ellen is looking for author-illustrators, and projects that highlight the sparse and simple.

For MG: Ellen is looking contemporary realistic MG, also MG with hints of magical realism. Humor is a must!

For YA: She is interested in all genres and formats of any kind of YA. She especially likes anything spooky, historical fiction, martial arts, graphic novels, and novels-in-verse.

Older YA: The stuff you're not sure is YA but not sure it's adult either (anything you might label "New Adult" like Red, White, & Royal Blue)

Non-Fiction: Ellen might be convinced on a nonfiction project if it involves food. Cookbooks, History, Humor, Illustrated, Travel.

She has a soft spot for Shakespeare as well as southern stories that remind her of her home state of Kentucky.

Favorite sub-genres: Gothic, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction YA, Southern Gothic, Speculative Fiction, horror

Here are some of Ellen's favorite things:

YA (of any kind)

Novels in Verse

Middle Grade Humor

Graphic novels

Spooky stuff (ghosts, vampires, lore)

Gothic/Southern Gothic

Southern settings

Shakespeare-inspired & retellings

Historical Fiction (only YA)

Inventive Cookbooks

from aleelee
Nov 08, 2022 9:28 am

Hello querying friends! Just spoke with Ellen (so kind) and I want to correct a rumor that she may not have been/be open to queries earlier in the fall. She has been doing business as usual. Also I read somewhere else that she was on maternity leave earlier this year-- can confirm that's not the case. :) Good luck out there, all!
from bmmatsen
Nov 05, 2022 5:58 pm

EQ: 8/4/22
CNR: 11/5/22
from yuvawrites
Oct 11, 2022 5:39 pm

EQ: 7/10/22
Full Request: 12/10/22

84K YA Horror
from cameronwittbooks
Oct 07, 2022 10:50 am

EQ: 10/7/22

YA Contemporary Fantasy, 101k
from GinaBMonroe
Oct 04, 2022 9:02 am

Email Query: 9/20/22
Very kind, personalized rejection 10/3/22

No actionable feedback, but I really appreciated that she took the time to be specific. If I end up querying my next MS, I’ll definitely reach out to her again.

YA Contemporary Fantasy, 81k
from Claire_47
Sep 28, 2022 7:46 pm

Middle grade horror 48k
from coconutfrog
Sep 03, 2022 1:40 pm

EQ: 9/3/22

YA contemporary 82k
from lumberjacksnackpack
Aug 31, 2022 9:08 pm

EQ: 8/14/22
FR: 8/31/22
Got a similar response to what others reported, now with a "if you're still querying near the end of the year" please resubmit.
from greddin
Aug 24, 2022 4:55 pm

I got a "query again in the fall" response. figured first week of October is a safe bet.
from amanda91m
Aug 24, 2022 11:38 am

I got the same response from her. I was thinking after labor day is technically "fall" in the publishing world.
from eywriterr
Aug 23, 2022 4:11 pm

To everyone who got an invite to query again in the fall, when do you think that means? September 1st? Oct 1st? I'm not sure and don't want to re-query at the wrong time.
from honeybeehorror
Aug 22, 2022 3:12 pm

Queried 8/4 and told me there were things she liked, but she didn't rep the sub-genre of this story (true crime-like subplot). Was very nice.
from potatochip
Aug 10, 2022 4:48 pm

Should we nudge her?
from LesWrite
Jul 31, 2022 8:02 pm

YA/Adult GN

Queried: 10/27/21
Nudge: 2/15/22
CRN: 3/10/22

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