Friday, March 24, 2017

You can have help from a publishing industry professional...

If you want a literary agent to take on your manuscript, you need a query letter that opens doors for you. Book a consult with Brian Henry. Brian’s seen hundreds of query letters, and he’ll help you write a query that gets a yes.

Or maybe you want help crafting an opening page or a first chapter that hooks the reader. Or you have a picture book manuscript or a short story you want help with. Book a consult. 

In a consultation, Brian looks over a short piece and edits or reworks as needed to make it shine. Then you get to sit down with him to get your questions answered and to get the immediate help you need. 

Perhaps you want an experienced publishing professional to bounce ideas off of. Or maybe you’d like a writing coach
 to meet with periodically. Or you might want to discuss the direction or scope of your project. 
If so, you can arrange a consultation with Brian.

Consultations are brief – usually about one hour – and can be done in person (at a convenient Starbucks for example) or over the telephone. The rate is $75 per hour {plus hst}, pro-rated to the actual length of the consultation. To arrange a time, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

And if you've got a longer work, you need help with, the manuscript of a novel, for example, email Brian now to book a  time slot for this summer. For more information about critiques of full manuscripts, see here and scroll down.

What previous clients and a literary agent have to say:

"Brian's the real deal."
 ~ Kelley Armstrong
Brian, You helped me re-work my query letter. Before that, I'd queried dozens of agents, and guess how many of them asked to see my manuscript? None. After you helped me rewrite, I sent my new query to six agents and all of them asked to see my full manuscript. It was like I discovered the secret password.  Thank you so much,
Sohan S Koonar, Windsor, Ontario. 

Note: Sohan is now represented by Sam Hiyate of The Rights Factory.

Hello, Brian. I’m writing to thank you for your help and advice in both tweaking the manuscript and crafting the query letter for my novel, The Name’s George. I’ve had four requests for the full manuscript as well as one request for a partial. I'm thrilled and hopeful that I can write you again soon with news that I’ve secured representation. Thanks again and all the best,
~ Shauna Clinning, Oakville, Ontario
Note: Shauna is now represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

"Brian’s the real deal.  He isn't just an inspiring teacher – he's plugged into the publishing world! He got me an agent {Helen Heller of the Helen Heller Agency} who sold my first novel, to publishers around the world.  My 13th novel, The Awakening, hit number 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list. Currently, Random House Canada, Macmillan in the U.S. and Little Brown in Britain have contracted my next seven books.  So it looks like I’ll be writing for a while."
~ Kelley Armstrong, Aylmer, Ontario
Note: More recently, they've made a TV series, Bitten, based on Kelley's Otherworld series. 

“Brian Henry is a skilled query doctor – I've had a look at some queries he's worked on with authors. He took a query that would have been an immediate "Pass" and transformed it to a compelling query that made me want to read the book right away. I highly recommend Brian to any author who is struggling with getting manuscript requests and needs to take their query to the next level.”
~ Michelle Johnson, Literary Agent and Founder of Inklings Literary Agency.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops, writing retreats, and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Alton, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshop, with literary agent Monica Pacheco, Saturday, July 29, in Collingwood

Missing, a YA novel by Kelley Armstrong,
a New York Times #1 bestselling author,
and one of Brian's students
The Collingwood Public Library presents....
Writing for Children & for Young Adults ~ the world’s hottest market
An editor & a literary agent tell all
Saturday, July 29, 2017
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste Marie St, Collingwood, Ontario (Map here)

If you want to write the next best-selling children’s books or just want to create stories for your own kids, this workshop is for you. Learn how to write stories kids and young adults will love and find out what you need to know to sell your book.

Special option: You may, but don't have to, bring 3 copies of the opening couple pages (first 500 words) of your children’s book or young adult novel (or 1,000 words if that will get you to the end of your picture book or to the end of your first chapter.) If you’re not currently working on a children’s story, don’t worry, we’ll get you started on the spot!

Captain Monty Takes the Plunge,
a picture book by Jennifer Mook-Sang,
one of Brian's students
Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He teaches at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers and is the author of a children’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute Publishing). But his proudest boast is that he’s helped many of his students get published. 

Guest speaker Monica Pacheco is a literary agent with the McDermid Agency.  The McDermid agency represents literary novelists and commercial novelists of high quality and writers of nonfiction in the areas of memoir, biography, history, literary travel, narrative science, investigative journalism, popular culture and lifestyle. The agency also represents children's and young adult (YA) writers and writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy.
The McDermid agency's clients include distinguished literary novelists such as David Adams Richards (Winner of the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award for both fiction and nonfiction), Nino Ricci, Andrew Pyper, Michael Winter, Michael Crummey, and Alison Pick.
The agency also represents nonfiction authors, such as Charles Montgomery, Andrew Westoll, and James MacKinnon, all three of whom won the prestigious Charles Taylor prize for literary nonfiction in their years of publication. And the agency represents upmarket commercial fiction writers, such as Leah McLaren from the Globe and Mail, Andrew Pyper, Robert Wiersema, and Peter Darbyshire. 
Monica Pacheco joined the agency in 2008 and represents a growing list of writers, focusing on Young Adult, science fiction and fantasy, and literary fiction Her clients include Sarah Polley, Yves Meynard, Madline Ashby, Sarah Henstra, Irina Kovalyova, Janice Pook, Eli K.P. William, and Bram Stroker Award–winning horror writer David Nickle.

Fee: 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 if you wait to pay at the door

To reserve a spot now, email: 
brianhenry@sympatico.ca
See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Three new agents at Corvisiero Literary seek Middle Grade, Young Adult and New Adult novels, plus genre fiction and nonfiction, including memoir

Make It Count, a New Adult novel
by Megan Erickson, represented by
the Corvisiero Agency 
Corvisiero Literary Agency
275 Madison Avenue
14th Floor
New York, NY  100016

Note: Don't ever miss a post on Quick Brown Fox. Fill in your email in the box to the right under my bio, and get each post delivered to your Inbox. ~ Brian

The Corvisiero Agency bills itself as a New York City boutique agency founded by Marisa A. Corvisiero. Here’s what they have to say about themselves: “This agency is a place where authors can partner with professional and experienced representation, who will value and guide them toward a successful career in publishing. We offer international literary representation and management services to fiction and non-fiction authors of all ages, for all ages, in a wide spectrum of genres. We pride ourselves in our expertise and tailor fit approach to helping authors reach their maximum potential.”

Altogether, the agency has nine agents, including three apprentice agents: Vanessa Robins, Kaitlyn Johnson, and Justin Wells. Like all new agents, they need authors:

Vanessa Robins is a writer, reader, and lover of food. From Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in May of 2015 with a degree in English literary studies and a minor in professional writing. When she isn’t reading or working, Vanessa can be found playing rec league softball (her team is called “Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Batman *and Women*,” in case you were wondering), experimenting in the kitchen, knitting, or screaming at her favorite sports teams (go Eagles and Phillies!). 

Vanessa is currently accepting queries within the following categories:
  • New Adult – all, but especially humor
  • Young Adult – gritty plots with diverse characters
  • Fiction – thought-out thrillers, romance with strong female leads, heavily based science sci-fi, and sports-centric plots
  • Nonfiction– memoirs including coming of age, cultural/ethnic/sexuality, survivor, and humor themed
  • Bonus points for Medical Narratives (characters with medical illnesses and chronic diseases, or MS told through a medical professional’s view point)
She will not represent Picture Books Middle Grade, Screenplays, or Erotica

Query Vanessa at: query@corvisieroagency.com
Put "ATTN: Vanessa Robins-Query [Book Title]" in the subject line.
Attach a 1–2 page synopsis and the first five pages of your manuscript in separate Word .doc files. Your query letter should include links to any social media or author websites.

Kaitlyn Johnson received a BA in Writing, Publishing, and Literature from Emerson College. Then, as soon as her diploma came in the mail, she then started her own freelance editing company, K. Johnson Editorial.
 
Kaitlyn is proud to be on staff for the increasingly popular Muse and the Marketplace Conference held in Boston every April/May through GrubStreet. She currently works as both the Muse Conference Assistant and the Donor Communications Assistant at GrubStreet.
 
Young Adult and New Adult are her main interests. She mostly drools for fantasy (yes, that very much includes urban fantasy!), time travel, select dystopian, romance (with erotic elements is OK), and historical fiction if it is anything other than Henry VIII. Contemporary stories can grab her attention only if the concept is unique enough and executed well. Overplayed tropes/characters make her cringe. Same goes for upper Middle Grade.

LGBT (as well as characters questioning their sexuality) welcome in all genres accepted above. No chapter books or picture books, horror, thriller/suspense, or nonfiction.

 Her favorite authors/books include the following: Cornelia Funke (Inkheart series);  John Green (more Looking for Alaska, less An Abundance of Katherines); Gayle Forman (Just One Year and Just One Day); Lois Lowry (The Giver series); Scott O’Dell (Island of the Blue Dolphins). Her favorite TV shows are Doctor Who, Buffy, Supernatural, Firefly – basically the nerdier the fandom the better.

 
When not drowning in words, Kaitlyn can be found exploring beautiful Boston, working with a fabulous community of writers at GrubStreet, or home hanging with her fatty calico cat, Keiko. She blogs here.  

Query Kaitlyn at: query@corvisieroagency.com
Put: "Query: Kaitlyn Johnson, [name of manuscript]" in the subject line. Include the first five pages and a 1–2 page synopsis.

Justin Wells is going into his Senior year of college, and will be graduating with a B.S. in Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations. He loves being able to utilize his skills in public relations to assist the agency, and his own clients through his work as a literary agent. 

Justin loves every aspect of the agent lifestyle. He loves learning new things every day, and being able to grow as an agent. Be it searching for that next amazing manuscript and client, helping current clients, or doing regular tasks throughout the agency. He loves all of it, and looks forward waking up every day and wondering what new adventure could be awaiting him in his query box. 

When it comes to reading, he is very open. His main focus is young adult, middle grade, and new adult, though he has been known to branch out and explore other books that catch his eye.

His favourite authors include Markus Zusak, John Green, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkein, Beth Revis, Susan Dennard, Gary Paulsen, Lauren Oliver, and Sarah Dessen.

Justin is seeking:
Middle Grade: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Adventure, and Historical Fiction. 

Young Adult: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Adventure, Historical Fiction, Contemporary, and Dystopian.

New Adult: Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, Science Fiction 

Adult: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction 

Query Justin at: query@corvisieroagency.com  
In the subject line, write: "Query - ATTN: Justin Wells, [name of manuscript]"
Include a 1–2 page synopsis, 10-page sample of manuscript included in the body of your email, and your social media links. No Attachments.

Author Kira Vermond
up for a Silver Birch Award
Note: Brian Henry will lead a Writing and Revising workshop Saturday, March 25, in Toronto (see here).

He'll will lead Writing for Children & for Young Adult workshops on Saturday, April 1, in Windsor (see here), on Saturday, May 13, in Caledon at the Bolton Library with Yasemin Uçar, senior Editor at Kids Can Press and author Jennifer Mook-Sang (see here), and on Saturday, May 27, in St. Catharines with Anne Shone, senior editor at Scholastic Books (see here). Brian will also be leading a weekly Kid Lit class, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, in Mississauga (see here).
Note: For updated listings of Writing for Children & for Young adult workshops and for weekly Kid lit classes, see here (and scroll down).

Also, Brian will lead a How to Get Published workshop on Saturday, April 22, in Midland, with literary agent Sue Miller (see here).
Note: For updated postings of current How to Get Published workshops here (and scroll down).

And don't miss the June in Algonquin Writing Retreat,Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4 or Monday, June 5. Details here.

For more information or to reserve a spot in any Saturday workshop or weekly course, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

This spring – starting soon! – Brian will offer a full range of classes from beginner to advanced:

Welcome to Creative Writing, Monday evenings, April 10 – June 19, Burlington Details here.
Writing Personal Stories, Thursday afternoons, April 27 – June 15, Burlington Details here.
Writing Kid Lit, with guest speakers authors Sylvia McNicoll and Kira Vermond, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, Mississauga. Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, April 13 – June 15, starts by email April 6, Georgetown. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, April 11 – June 13, starts by email April 4, Burlington. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, April 12 – June 14, starts by email April 5, Burlington. Details here.
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, April 5 – June 21, starts by email March 29, Burlington. Details here.

Details of all classes offered this spring here
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For more information or to register for any of the above, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.


Navigation tip: If you're searching for a literary agent who represents a particular type of book, check out this post. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Intensive Creative Writing offered at two times: April 4 – June 13 and April 5 – June 14, in Burlington

Intensive Creative Writing
Ten weeks toward mastering your craft
Offered at two times:
Tuesday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Begins by email April 4

Classes run April 11 – June 13 
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
And
Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
Begins by email April 5
Classes run April 12 – June 14, 2017
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
See details of all 7 classes offered this spring here.

This course will give you the chance to work on your writing in a more intimate group of fellow writers. This course will also offer the opportunity to bring in more of your writing to have it critiqued in a constructive, encouraging atmosphere. The course isn't for beginnersit's for people who have been writing for a while or who have done a course or two before and are working on their own projects.

You’ll be asked to bring in five or six pieces of your writing for detailed feedback. All your pieces may be from the same work, such as a novel in progress, or they may be stand alone pieces. You bring whatever you want to work on.  In addition to learning how to critique your own work and receiving constructive suggestions about your writing, you’ll discover that the greatest benefits come from seeing how your classmates approach and critique a piece of writing and how they write and re-write.

Instructor Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada's most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. But his proudest boast is that he's helped many of his students get published.
Note: Read a review of the Intensive course here. See other reviews here.

Fee: $184.96 plus hst = 209.  
Number of participants strictly limited.
To reserve your spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

21 American and Canadian children’s and young adult book publishers accepting unagented manuscripts

Note: Brian Henry will lead Writing for Children & for Young Adult workshops on Saturday, April 1, in Windsor (see here), on Saturday, May 13, in Caledon at the Bolton Library with Yasemin Uçar, senior Editor at Kids Can Press and author Jennifer Mook-Sang (see here), and on Saturday, May 27, in St. Catharines with Anne Shone, senior editor at Scholastic Books (see here). Brian will also be leading a weekly Kid Lit class, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, in Mississauga (see here).
Note: For updated listings of Writing for Children & for Young adult workshops and for weekly Kid lit classes, see here (and scroll down).
If you can get an agent, it’s usually a good idea and there are many agents representing authors of children’s books, especially middle grade and young adult. You can find many agents actively looking for authors here. But if you can’t get an agent, here are 21 American and Canadian publishers of children's and YA books who accept unagented authors:

Annick Press (15 Patricia Avenue, Toronto, ON  m3m 1H9) publishes books by Canadian authors for children ages six months to twelve years and for young adults, though at the moment Annick is not accepting picture book manuscripts.
Teen Fiction: Annick Press invites writers to submit proposals for teen novels which possess a high degree of originality and capture strong and distinctive contemporary voices. There should be creativity in the use of language—language that is lively, dramatic and vivid. The story must involve and stimulate the reader. It is essential that it have authentic dialogue and richly visualized settings. The reader must see the real teen experience reflected through the story line. We encourage the use of appropriate and well-timed humor.
Please mail a synopsis, together with a sample chapter. (No email submissions.)
Middle Reader Fiction: Annick Press seeks middle reader fiction (8 – 11) which captures the imagination of readers and readily engages their interest. The story must be memorable, well-written and notable for its originality. Humor, even if used occasionally, is an asset. The characters in the novel should come to life for the reader and the settings must be vivid and rich in detail. We look for gripping action, even though it may be delivered in a subtle form. Stories should involve the reader while simultaneously provoking thought and reflection. 
Please mail a synopsis, together with a sample chapter. (No email submissions.)
Nonfiction for mid-grade and teen readers: The degree of originality in an idea or in the approach to a subject is key to our non-fiction program. The subject matter must have inherent appeal to the readership. The key is to combine the skills of a fiction writer, including narrative techniques, to draw the reader into the text. At the same time, there must be a dedication to accuracy—fictionalization is not a stylistic option. The text should encourage the reader’s natural sense of wonder, and avoid any tendency to become didactic. Attention should be given to little-known details that serve to fascinate the reader and encourage further exploration. The work should have a distinctive voice that uses language in an engaging and lively manner. The topic must be thoroughly researched and a passion for the subject matter must be evident. The writing level must be age appropriate. 
Please mail a synopsis, together with a sample chapter. (No email submissions.) Annick Press also uses illustrators.
Full submission guidelines here.

Arthur A. Levine Books (U.S.) was founded in 1996 as an imprint of Scholastic Press. Since then, they have produced more than one hundred seventy-nine works of hardcover literary fiction and nonfiction for children, teenagers, and adults. 
SubmissionsPicture Books: Query letter + the full text; 
Novels: Query letter + the first two chapters + synopsis; 
Other: Query letter + five page samples (five poems, five nonfiction pages, etc.); 
Illustration: Three sample illustrations via attachment, and links to online portfolios. Do not send full manuscripts.
Full submission guidelines here.

August House (U.S.) focuses on world folktales and the art and uses of storytelling. 
Submissions are by regular post only. Please review their guidelines  their before contacting them about publishing your work. They do not respond unless they are interested.

Boyds Mills Press (U.S.) is the trade division of Highlights for Children, Inc. 
Picture Books: Please submit the entire manuscript of your picture book
Middle Grade Fiction: Please submit the first three chapters (do not include chapters from the middle of the book) and a plot summary
Nonfiction: Include a detailed bibliography with your submission and a detailed explanation of the books in the marketplace that are similar to yours. Regular mail only. They publish their books under five imprints.

Capstone (U.S.) publishes both fiction and nonfiction books for struggling and reluctant readers. They have four imprints and three separate divisions with over 3,000 books in print. 
Most of Capstone's books are produced in-house, but they are also interested in receiving writers’ manuscripts and reviewing artists' portfolios. Fiction submissions should be sent via email, nonfiction by regular post only. They respond only if they are interested. See guidelines here.

Charlesbridge (U.S.) publishes both picture books and transitional “bridge books” (books ranging from early readers to middle-grade chapter books). Nonfiction books focus on nature, science, social studies, and multicultural topics. Fiction titles include lively, plot-driven stories with strong, engaging characters. 
Please submit only one or two manuscript(s) at a time. For picture books, please send a complete manuscript. For fiction books longer than 30 manuscript pages, please send a detailed plot synopsis, a chapter outline, and three chapters of text. For nonfiction books longer than 30 manuscript pages, please send a detailed proposal, a chapter outline, and one to three chapters of text. Regular mail only. No simultaneous submissions.
Read guidelines here.

Coteau Books (2517 Victoria Ave, Regina, Sk S4P 0T2) is a literary press and a children's publisher. For adults, it publishes novels; short fiction collections; poetry; drama and nonfiction. For children, it publishes novels for young readers aged 9 – 12 and novels for teens 13 – 15, and for teens 15 and up. They don’t publish kids’ picture books. 
To see what they prefer, check out their previously published books. Also, they'll send you a copy of their current catalogue upon request.
Query Coteau by mail (not email) and include a brief sample of your work. No more than 20 pages. Coteau evaluates all submissions and will get back to you if they want to see your whole manuscript.
Coteau only publishes authors who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
Full submission guidelines here.

Free Spirit (U.S.) publishes nonfiction books and learning materials for children and teens, parents, educators, counselors, and others who live and work with young people. They do not publish fiction.
Proposals to be considered must be sent by mail (not by fax or email). Include the following: A cover letter briefly outlining your project, the intended audience (including age ranges), and your relevant expertise; A current résumé; A detailed chapter-by-chapter outline; At least two sample chapters. (If a full manuscript is available, you may send it.); A market analysis with a comprehensive listing of similar titles and detailed explanation of how your project differs from available products; A description of your personal promotion plan for the proposed book (including both in-person and social media outreach). Read guidelines here.

Great Plains Publications (Winnipeg,Manitoba) is a non-fiction publisher specializing in Prairie history and biography. Their mandate is to publish books that are written by Prairie authors (Note: their other imprints are open to authors from across Canada). 
Enfield & Wizenty is a literary imprint of Great Plains that publishes original novels and short story collections by Canadian writers at all career stages. Before submitting a manuscript, check out their backlist to decide if your work is likely to fit with our publishing program. While you may query us email, they do not accept email submissions of full manuscripts except by invitation; attachments should be in doc format only. 
Great Plains Teen Fiction primarily publishes contemporary and historical fiction from Canadian authors for readers age 14 to 16, and 15 to 18. Humour is appreciated, as is romance. Stories can be set anywhere, though they prefer stories set on this world, present or past. If you have been previously published by a traditional book publisher, you may query by email with a synopsis of your story, a short bio with your previous publications, and one to three chapters of your novel as a Word attachment. If you are an emerging author or self-published author, please send by standard mail a cover letter, synopsis, and the first one to three chapters of your book. 
Full submission guidelines here.

Harbour Publishing (Madeira Park, B.C.) is an independent book publisher owned and operated by Howard and Mary White. The company was established in 1974 and is based on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast. It publishes about twenty books a year in many genres, but mainly on topics concerning the west coast of British Columbia. 
Harbour also publishes children’s books, poetry, books concerning Canada’s north, and assorted other books with a wider range of interest than the west coast.
Harbour has published more than five hundred titles, including Raincoast Chronicles, a series of anthologies on BC coast history and culture, of which twenty have now been produced, and the bestselling, Fishing with John by Edith Iglauer.
Recent children's books from Harbour include Boys, Girls and Body Science and Fishing with Gubby.
Recent poetry releases include Patrick Lane's Witness: Selected Poems 1962-2010. Other titles include novels, gardening titles, art books, cookbooks and anthologies.
The press publishes books about life in Canada's North Under its Lost Moose imprint, including titles such asHouse Calls by Dogsled: Six Years in an Arctic Medical Outpost and The Boreal Gourmet: Adventures in Northern Cooking.
Submissions: Harbour accepts unsolicited manuscripts and regularly receives 1,000 per year, which they read as time permits. Submit a letter of inquiry which includes an outline, a bio, publication credits (if applicable) and a sample of the work. Manuscripts should be submitted on hard copy or by email as an attached MS-Word (.doc) file. 
Send your submission to: submissions@harbourpublishing.com
Full submission guidelines here.

Heritage House (103 - 1075 Pendergast Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 0A1) began telling Canada's stories in 1969. Many of our books celebrate the pioneer spirit and colourful history of western Canada, particularly the Cariboo region in which the company's roots are founded. Others delve into contemporary themes, focusing on significant cultural, social, political, environmental and recreational subjects. 

Heritage House also has a range of full-colour pictorials and recreational guides, and a series of shorter narratives designed for younger readers, new Canadians and casual readers, called Amazing Stories. Heritage House publishes 20-30 new titles per year. Most of authors are Canadian citizens or residents, as the company’s mission is to publish and promote distinctive nonfiction works by Canadian authors. 
Full guidelines here.  
Heritage House is a member of The Heritage Group, an affiliation of five separate entities. In addition to Heritage House, it includes TouchWood EditionsBrindle & Glass and Rocky Mountain Books, which also publishes some children’s books (see below). By sharing select resources, The Heritage Group is better able to generate publicity, expand promotional activities and serve retail customers and readers alike

Holiday House (U.S.) specializes in hardcovers, from picture books to young adult, both fiction and nonfiction for ages four and up. They do not publish mass market books, including pop-ups, activity books, sticker books, coloring books, or licensed books. 
Holiday House only responds if they are interested in publishing your manuscript. Please send the entire manuscript, whether submitting a picture book or novel. All submissions should be directed to the Editorial Department, Holiday House, 425 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10017. No email or fax submissions. 
Full submission guidelines here.

Ideals Children’s Books (U.S.) publishes fiction and nonfiction picture books for children ages 4 to 8. Subjects include holiday, inspirational, and patriotic themes; relationships and values; and general fiction. Manuscripts should be no longer than 800 words.
CandyCane Press publishes board books and novelty books for children ages 2 to 5. Subject matter is similar to Ideals Children’s Books, with a focus on younger children. Manuscripts should be no longer than 250 words. Ideals magazine welcomes the opportunity to review your poetry or prose.
For Ideals or CandyCane, send complete manuscript to: 2630 Elm Hill Pike, Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37214.

Just Us Books and Marimba Books (U.S.) publishes children’s books that celebrate the diversity of Black history, culture and experiences, and Marimba publishes multicultural books. 
Just Us Books is currently accepting queries for chapter books and middle reader titles only. Please send a query letter pitching us your manuscript, 1-2 page synopsis of your manuscript, 3-5 sample pages of your manuscript, a brief author bio that includes any previously published work, self-addressed stamped envelope. Mail your query to: Submission Debt., Just Uss Books, P.O. Box 5306, East Orange, NJ 07019
Marimba is looking for fiction and nonfiction chapter books for children aged 8–12 (middle grades). Mail your query to: Submissions Dept., Marimba Books, P.O. Box 5306, East Orange, NJ 07019
Full submission guidelines here.


Kane Miller (U.S.) is expanding its picture book, chapter book, and middle-grade fiction lists. They are interested in all genres (mystery, fantasy, adventure, historical, etc.), especially those with particularly American subjects. 
Please send either the complete picture book manuscript, or a synopsis and two sample chapters of your fiction work. Electronic submissions accepted.
Full submission guidelines here.

Kids Can Press (Toronto, Ontario) is looking for “quality picture books and nonfiction manuscripts for children, as well as chapter books for ages 7–10. We do not accept young adult fiction or fantasy novels for any age. To ensure that your manuscript is appropriate for our publishing list, please familiarize yourself with the books that we publish.
“For picture book submissions, please send a copy of the entire manuscript. For chapter book submissions, we require a synopsis and approximately three sample chapters. Please do not send the entire manuscript unless requested to do so. No email submissions.
“You are welcome to send your proposal simultaneously to other publishers rather than submitting it exclusively to Kids Can Press.”
See the full writers’ guidelines here. See the guidelines for illustrators here.

Lerner Publishing Group (U.S.) is one of the nation’s largest independently owned children’s publishers with more than 5,000 books in print. Their Jewish-themed imprint, Kar-Ben, is the only division accepting submissions. 
Kar-Ben accepts unsolicited manuscripts by regular post only. Full submission guidelines here (scroll down page for PDF submission guidelines for fiction, nonfiction and illustrations).

OnStage Publishing (U.S.) publishes chapter books, middle grade novels and young adult novels. 
Fiction: If under 100 pages, submit the completed, double-spaced manuscript. If over 100 pages, submit the first three chapters and a plot summary. Cover letter with market analysis is required. Submissions may be sent via regular mail or email.
They do not publish picture books, short stories or poetry. Query first for non-fiction. They only publish fiction books for ages 8 to 18.
Full submission guidelines here.

Pajama Press was established in early 2011. A small literary press with big ideas, Pajama aims to publish titles of exceptional quality for children and teens of all ages. Pajama publishes picture books – both for the very young and for school-aged readers – and novels for middle grade readers and for young adults aged 12+. Pajama’s nonfiction titles typically contain a strong narrative element.
Query Pajama Press at: info@pajamapress.ca
Your query should include an overview of your book, information about your writing background, and an excerpt. Send the equivalent of one or two pages of your finished book—this means that novel excerpts will be considerably longer than those for picture books. The excerpt will give a taste of your writing style.
Full submission guidelines here.

Pants On Fire Press (U.S.) publishes picture, middle-grade and young adult books. They are always on the lookout for Action, Adventure, Animals, Comedic, Dramatic, Dystopian, Fantasy, Historical, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-fi, Supernatural and Suspense stories.
Pants on Fire is acquiring Chapter Books, Middle-grade and Young Adult fiction.
Full submission guidelines here.

Rocky Mountain Books (Calgary, Alberta) Since its inception in 1979 at the hands of renowned mountaineers Tony and Gillean Daffern, Rocky Mountain Books has been publishing books focused on mountain culture, outdoor adventure and "writing of place," including volumes on hiking, climbing, skiing and outdoor recreation; history, art, memoir, biography and travel; and environmental writing. 
“At RMB we ‘Think Outside.’” Rocky Mountain Books only accepts submissions relating to the following:
·                     Mountaineering & Alpinism
·                     Exploration & Discovery
·                     Adventure Travel & Eco-Tourism
·                     Eco-Politics & the Environment
·                     Aboriginal History & Issues
·                     Natural History
·                     Art & Photography
·                     Guidebooks (hiking, climbing, scrambling, winter sports)
·                     Children's Picture Books (in areas relating to the above topics)
·                     At this time, RMB does not accept fiction, poetry, drama, self-help, family histories, self-publishing endeavours or corporate histories.
Full manuscript guideline here and submission guidelines here.

Rocky Mountain Books is a member of The Heritage Group, an affiliation of five separate entities. In addition to our company, it includes our distribution partner, 
Heritage Group Distribution, and publishing houses TouchWood EditionsBrindle & Glass and Heritage House Publishing. By sharing select resources, The Heritage Group is better able to generate publicity, expand promotional activities and serve retail customers and readers alike.

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Brian Henry will lead a Writing and Revising workshop Saturday, March 25, in Toronto (see here).
To register or for details, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca 

Also, Brian will lead a How to Get Published workshop on Saturday, April 22, in Midland, with literary agent Sue Miller (see here).
Note: For updated postings of current How to Get Published workshops here (and scroll down).

And don't miss the June in Algonquin Writing Retreat,Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4 or Monday, June 5. Details here.

For more information or to reserve a spot in any Saturday workshop or weekly course, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

This spring – starting soon! – Brian will offer a full range of classes from beginner to advanced:

Anne Shone, senior editor, Sholastic Books,
will be the guest speaker for the
"Writing for Children & Young Adults" workshop
Saturday, May 27 (see here)
Welcome to Creative Writing, Monday evenings, April 10 – June 19, Burlington. Details here.
Writing Personal Stories, Thursday afternoons, April 27 – June 15, Burlington Details here.
Writing Kid Lit, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, Mississauga. Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, April 13 – June 15, starts by email April 6, Georgetown. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, April 11 – June 13, starts by email April 4, Burlington. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, April 12 – June 14, starts by email April 5, Burlington. Details Details here.
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, April 5 – June 21, starts by email March 29, Burlington. Details here.

Details of all seven classes offered this spring here.

For more information or to register for any of the above, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.


See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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