Monday, April 22, 2019

12 literary agents at Sterling Lord Literistic seeking authors, including new agent Danielle Bukowski


They Could Have Named Her Anything
by Stephanie Jimenez,
represented by Sterling Lord 
Sterling Lord Literistic
115 Broadway
New York, NY 10006

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The Sterling Lord Agency was founded in 1952 and counted Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey among his early clients. Peter Matson founded his firm, Literistic, in 1979 and rose to prominence representing such writers as John Irving and Dee Brown. In 1987, the two agencies joined forces to create Sterling Lord Literistic. The agency now has 18 agents, a dozen of whom are looking for authors.

Danielle Bukowski joined the foreign rights department of Sterling Lord Literistic in 2014, but was just recently promoted to Associate Agent, and like all new agents, she needs authors.
Danielle is looking for upmarket women’s fiction, smart commercial fiction, literary fiction, and select nonfiction. {Like everyone} she is looking for narratives from underrepresented and marginalized voices in particular, and she prefers fiction that balances a unique hook and well-paced plot with strong writing and a distinctive voice.
Danielle Bukowski
“I can fall in love with incredible writing and a slow plot or an amazing plot and more accessible writing, but my ideal book finds the perfect intersection of the two,” says Danielle.
“I want nonfiction that expands my view of the world or provides an unconventional perspective on a conventional topic.
“For fiction and nonfiction, I like books about feminist issues, chronic illness/disability, work and those set in workplaces, and competitive individual (non-team) sports; #ownvoices; stories with people of color as protagonists and not sidekicks; stories with queer and gender-nonconforming characters; stories set in cities that are not New York, books that borrow tropes from other genres while remaining firmly literary; and campus novels.
“I am looking for narrative voices that are bold, fresh, and unique. I want to be fully transported into your characters' world and care about them deeply. I love books that make me think, that offer a new perspective, books like a strong cup of coffee after a restless night or a perfect Merlot after a stressful day.”
Her clients have been excerpted in the New Yorker and have multiple foreign sales. Her forthcoming titles include Lot by Bryan Washington (published by Riverhead), They Could Have Named Her Anything by Stephanie Jimenez (Little A), The Secret Life of Books by Professor Tom Mole (Elliot & Thompson), and Evensong by Rafe Posey (Pamela Dorman Books). 
Danielle graduated from Vassar College with a concentration in EnglishShe Tweets here.
Query Danielle at danielle@sll.com
Put QUERY and your title in the subject line. Paste the first three chapters or first 20 pages into the body of your email.
Or query Danielle or any of the agents at Sterling Lord through the agency’s submissions page here.

YA author Tanaz Bhathena
In early May, don't miss Writing for Children and for Young Adults. This workshop will feature Erin O'Connor, senior editor, Scholastic Books as a guest speaker and is being offered in two locales. On Saturday, May 5, in Toronto, the workshop will also feature young adult author Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (see here), and on Saturday, May 11, in Brampton the workshop will feature young adult author Tanaz Bhathena (see here).

If you’re interested in getting published, soon or somewhere down the road, don’t miss the How to Get Published workshop, Saturday, June 8, in Waterloo with literary agent Meg Wheeler (see here). 
For updated listings of How to Get Published workshops see here (and scroll down). 

And don’t miss these other great workshops coming soon:  Plotting Novels and Writing Short Stories, Saturday, May 25, in Niagara on the Lake (see here), How to Write Great Characters, Saturday, June 22, in Oakville (see here), and Finding Your Voice, Saturday, July 13, in London (see here).    

But the best way to grow as a writer may be with a weekly course. 
One class starting in April still has space:
Toronto: Welcome to Creative Writing, Friday afternoons, April 26 – June 28. Details here.

And come the summermore courses are starting:
Oakville Woodside Library: Exploring Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, July 2 – Aug 13. See here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, July 3 – Aug 21, 1st readings emailed June 26. See here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings July 3 – Aug 21.  1st readings emailed June 26.  See here.

In the fall, join us at the ... 
November at the Briars Writing Retreat
Friday, November 1 – Monday, November 4; four days of creativity in a setting that provides the warmth of a country estate steeped in history while providing all the benefits of an extensive, modern lakeside resort. Details here.

To reserve a spot in any upcoming weekly course, weekend retreat, or Saturday workshop, email Brian at: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Read reviews of Brian’s courses, retreats, and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.


Sunday, April 21, 2019

"Cold Day" a photo-haiga by Elizabeth Crocket




Elizabeth Crocket’s Japanese short form poetry is widely published. One of her chapbooks was shortlisted for the American Haiku Foundation Touchstone Distinguished Book Award. Her photo-haiga won the Jane Reichhold Memorial 2nd Annual Photographic Contest. She has two women's fiction novels, A Path to the Lake and Full of Grace both available worldwide in print and e-book, with a third being released later this year. Elizabeth has a children's picture book of haiku forthcoming. Please visit her website here. 

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Plotting novels & Writing short stories workshop, Saturday, Nov 16, in Guelph


How to Build Your Story
 ~ Plotting novels & Writing short stories
Saturday, November 16, 2019
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Ave, Guelph, Ontario (Map here.)

This workshop will show you how writers plot a novel and will give you the best tips on writing short stories. We’ll also look at where to get your stories published and how to win contests. Best yet, you’ll see how to apply the story-building techniques you’ve learned to your own writing.

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 has helped many of his students get published. 
Read a review of Brian's various courses and workshops here (and scroll down).

Fee: $37.17 + hst = $42 paid in advance 
or $39.82 + hst = $45 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

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

Friday, April 19, 2019

Happy Passover and Happy Easter!



Chag Pesach Sameach – Happy Passover! – חג פסח שמח




“A Purrrfect Purrrspective” by Michelle Wheaton



I sit and I wait. I’m lying on my comfy spot on the couch, waiting for my mommy to come home from wherever she goes for so long. Hmm, I’m hungry, I guess I’ll get up and get a bite to eat. There’s not much food left in the contraption that’s designed to make me work to get at the food. My mommy says I’m getting fat. Sometimes she grabs my belly and goes, “Look at that belly, it’s so fat!”

But that’s okay. Sometimes I lay on her tummy and think the same. 

Oh! I hear something! I think the front door is about to open!

Yep, I was right, I’m always right, she’s home!

I sit up on the couch and stare at her. She looks at me, smiles, and touches my head. Then she grabs my face and starts wiping my eyes with her fingers. Ugh, I hate when she does this. I try to squirm out of her grip, but she keeps a firm grip with one hand while wiping my eyes with the other. She finally stops and has a big smile on her face and then kisses me on the forehead. I wonder if all humans are as crazy as she is.

She goes into the room where my larger water bowl is – the water bowl that makes the water swirl. I like that bowl the best, much more room and it never runs out of water.  She’s in there for a while. I hope she’s still alive, I’m hungry again.

I scratch and yawl at the door and as usual she lets me in. She’s sitting on my water bowl. Ugh, the nerve of her. That’s where I drink from. She gets up and I immediately jump on the bowl to get a quick drink. But then I look at the water. Hmm maybe I should wait before proceeding.

With a whoosh, the water in the bowl goes round and round and quickly back to normal, and I’m about to go in for a drink, then suddenly I’m off the bowl and onto the floor. This happens to me a lot. 

Mommy’s now lying on the couch, so I hop up beside her. She’s staring at the folding light up box. She has two light up boxes, one that opens and closes and a bigger light up box that stands against the wall. She stares at her light up boxes a lot. I don’t know what she’s looking at so intensely, sometimes I play a game and stare at her while she’s staring at a light box and see how long it takes her to notice me.

Sometimes when she’s looking a light box, she makes loud, sudden noises. It’s like she has no control over it. Her belly goes up and down really fast, and she’s so loud, it startles me. Other times she stares at a light box and water starts rolling down her face, and I can sense she isn’t feeling good. I go and cuddle her when this happens. Maybe I should cuddle with her now just in case. I go to her and climb onto the folding light up box.

No! I’m on the floor again. 

I jump back onto the couch and sit beside her and give myself a bath. I like to keep her close at all times, so I can keep an eye on what she’s doing.

Huh! What is that smell? I never smelt that before. I jump over my mommy and check it out. The smell is coming from the big white food box. I sniff and sniff, I think the smell’s coming from behind the big food box. I try and squeeze myself between the food box and the wall, but the crack it too small. I keep trying because the smell is so strong and unusual. I have to know what it is!

Hmm, maybe if I paw at the big food box it will move. My mommy is behind me now. She must smell the smell too. She’s calling my name, and asking me what it is.

But now the smell is now gone I continue to sniff around in case I can catch the scent again but no luck. I decide to wait in case it comes back, but my mommy’s lost interest. She goes back to the couch and starts making those weird noises again. 

It’s been ten hours and still no smell. I decided to sleep in front of the big food box just in case. Persistence and patience is key. My tummy starts to rumble, it’s about that time my mommy feeds me the good stuff. It’s so delicious, much better than the crunchy food that is left in that contraption all the time.

I go into the room and jump on Mommy’s bed. I stare at her for a bit and wait. Sometimes she wakes up herself, which makes everything easier. No luck. Okay, eyeballs it is! I go up to her pillow and lay right beside her face – this works every time by the way, it’s my best trick! Her eyes are closed now, but wait! When I go to wash them they’ll open!

"Maus"
And like I said it works! She opens her eyes, makes an unpleasant sound. And, whoops, I’m on the floor. That’s okay, it’s all part of the game. I’ll just jump back onto the bed and do it again. Eyeball, floor, eyeball, floor! One time Mommy and I played this game and I had to lick her eyeballs thirty times before she got up to get me my delicious food! Today it took ten eyeball washings were enough. 

Mommy leaves to go wherever she goes all the time and I’m home alone. I decide today I’m going to sleep in the medium-sized box. Mommy has boxes laid all over the house for me. We have at least five boxes, all different sizes. I’m lucky that way, though Mommy’s friends must think she’s a crazy box lady.

As I’m lying in the best box in the house, I smell something!

OH MY GOODNESS THE SMELL IS BACK!

I rush up and it’s coming from the big white food box again. I run over and I see it! It runs from under the food box, and into a hole under a cupboard!

I SAW IT!

It’s much smaller than me and it moves pretty quick. It has a long thin tail, not furry like mine though. It has four legs and did I mention, so quick!

I examine the hole it went into. The hole is much smaller than the fuzzy thing. How did it fit?

I can’t wait to tell Mommy about this when she gets home!

Mommy finally gets home and I tell her all about the thing I saw today. I rub against her leg and she seems really happy to hear. She picks me up and hugs me. I think she’s just as excited about this furry thing as me!

The next morning, I only have to lick Mommy’s eyeball four times for her to get up and get my food. Mommy must be in a good mood! She leaves and I’m lying on the couch again and the smell comes back. I immediately get up and go to the hole in the cupboard, the thing runs out and runs right through my legs!

I see it! This is the most exciting moment of my life! This is more exciting than when Mommy comes home with a new box!

I spin around and chase it. I think I scared it because it runs into the wall and tries to squeeze itself in a small hole but it doesn’t fit!

THANK GOODNESS!

This is my chance! I pounce and catch it between my paws. I don’t know what comes over me but I bite it hard, and it stops moving.

Hmm, hello, little furry thing. Move again, please. I’m not done playing.

I pat it around for a bit and nothing. All right, boring. I’m tired, time for a nap. I put it in one of my fav boxes for now.

Mommy comes home when I’m napping and she must be really tired too because she goes straight to her bed. Poor tire Mommy. I decide to share my new toy with her. I grab the furry thing from the box. It’s still not moving, but I grab it and hop up onto the bed.

Mommy is lying on her tummy with her face facing the window. Her eyes are closed, I put my new fuzzy thing on her pillow beside her face, and I proceed to play our favourite game. I lick her eyelids and she opens them right away. This time I don’t land on the ground. She does. 

Michelle Wheaton lives in Mississauga alone with her 23 cats – just kidding. She lives with her one cat, Maus, who like his mom enjoys eating delicious food and taking naps.

See Brian Henry’s schedule hereincluding Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Writing for Children and for Young Adults, Sunday May 5, in Toronto and Saturday, May 11, in Brampton

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong,
a New York Times #1 bestselling author
and one of Brian's students
Writing for Children and for Young Adults
  ~ The world’s hottest market
With Scholastic Books senior editor Erin O’Connor
Offered in two locales:
Sunday, May 5, 2019
10 a.m – 4 p.m.
The Carrot Common, 348 Danforth Ave, Room 212, 
Toronto, Ontario (Map here)
And
Saturday, May 11, 2019
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
210 Steeles Apartments, Party Room
210 Steeles Avenue West, Brampton, Ontario (Besides the building’s guest parking, there’s more parking in the Shopper’s World mall next door. 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. We'll be quite a small group, so be sure to bring all your questions – we'll have lots of time for interaction.
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 up to 750 words if that gets 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!
Note: Following the formal end of the workshop at about 3:45, Erin will stay around to chat with you one-on-one and Brian will stay till 4:45 to help with your opening pages.

Guest speaker Erin O’Connor has worked in children's publishing for 25 years. She is senior editor at Scholastic Canada, focusing on picture books and on nonfiction and book-plus projects. Erin began her career as assistant art director at Owl and Chickadee magazines, and at Scholastice spent many years with the school book clubs division acquiring everything from board books to YA novels. 
Erin understands children’s literature from both sides of the desk, as she’s also the author of 101 Math Jokes, 101 Cool Canadian Jokes, Canadian Cartooning and Laugh Out Loud Canadian Jokes – in spite of her kids, who don’t think she’s very funny at all.


In Toronto, on May 5, the second guest speaker will be Laurie Elizabeth Flynn. Laurie is the author of Firsts (Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Press) and the psychological thriller Last Girl Lied To, to be released April 16, 2019 from Imprint/Macmillan, along with an untitled thriller to follow in 2020. 
She is also the author of Wattpad featured series The Boys Tell AllHer other short fiction has been named a finalist for the John Kenneth Gailbraith Literary Award.
Laurie is a former model who worked in Tokyo, Athens, and Paris. She now lives in London, Ontario, with her husband, daughter, new-born son, and the world’s most spoiled Chihuahua. When she’s not writing about unlikable girls, you can likely find her hiking in the woods with her family, perusing thrift stores for vintage dresses, or binging reality TV.
At the workshop, Laurie will speak about writing young adult fiction and her career to date.

In Brampton, on May 11, the second guest speaker will be Tanaz Bhathena. Tanaz was born in India and raised in Saudi Arabia and Canada. Her critically acclaimed novel A Girl Like That (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018) was nominated for the 2019 Ontario Library Association White Pine Award and named a Best Book of 2018 by The Globe and Mail, CBC, Quill & Quire, Seventeen, PopSugar, and The Times of India, among others. 
Tanaz is also the author of The Beauty of the Moment, which is due out Feb 26, 2019, (FSG and Penguin Canada), and a fantasy duology called Hunted by the Sky, with the first book coming out in spring 2020 (FSG and Penguin Canada). Her short stories have appeared in various journals, including BlackbirdWitness Room, and of course on Quick Brown Fox
Visit her website here.

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor, author, and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. 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 Inc). But his proudest boast is that he’s has helped many of his students get published. 
Read reviews of Brian’s classes and workshops here.

Fee: $49.56 + 13% hst = $55 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or $53.10 + 13% hst = $60 at the door
To reserve a spot now, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

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See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.