Thursday, December 23, 2010

New Canadian agent: Carly Watters at P.S. Literary Agency in Oakville

"Endangered" by Pamela Beason,
a P.S. Literary Agency client
P.S. Literary Agency
20033 – 520 Kerr Street
Oakville, Ontario

The P.S. Literary Agency is a newcomer to the agenting world, having been established by Curtis Russell in 2005.  It's located in Oakville (a suburb of Toronto) and represents commercial fiction and nonfiction. It is also seeking literary fiction and crossover Young Adult fiction.

"P.S. seeks to work with clients who are professional and committed to their goals. It is our desire to work with clients for the duration of their careers. In addition to contract negotiations, editorial and marketing guidance, our commitment extends to post-publication in pursuing foreign, audio, digital, TV/film and serial rights. Our team attends major national and international industry conferences and travels periodically to New York City to network with top editors."

Carly Watters – Associate Agent
Carly represents a diverse list of fiction, nonfiction and children's authors including Mary Akers, Ian T Healy, Jay Onrait, and Colin Mochrie. Never without a book on hand, she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents, including literary and commercial fiction, upmarket nonfiction, YA and picture books.

Carly did her MA in Publishing Studies at City University London in the UK where she worked in the publishing industry at the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency, and Bloomsbury PLC before returning to Canada in 2010 to join the P.S Literary Agency. She attends Book Expo America in New York, London Book Fair, and the International Festival of Authors in Toronto.

Note: Carly will be the guest speaker at the How to Get Published workshop Saturday, June 16, 2012, in Hamilton. Details here.

Curtis Russell – President & Principal Agent
Curtis began his publishing career nearly a decade ago as proprietor of a micro press. In 2005 he crossed to the other side of the desk and founded the P.S. Literary Agency. He has a wide-ranging and diverse client list, and is interested in discovering writers with unique ideas, no matter what the category.

Curtis is currently acquiring both fiction and nonfiction. In terms of fiction, he is seeking Literary, Commercial mainstream, Women's fiction, Chick lit, Romance, Young Adult/Middle Grade and Mysteries & Thrillers. In terms of nonfiction, he is looking for Business, History, Politics, Current Affairs, Gambling and Health & Fitness. He does not represent poetry or screenplays.

Query by mail or email: 
No attachments unless specifically requested.  Limit your query to one page and include...
Paragraph One – Introduction: Include the title and category of your work (i.e. fiction or nonfiction and topic), an estimated word count and a brief, general introduction.
Paragraph Two – Mini-synopsis: A concise summary or overview of your work.
Paragraph Three – Writer’s bio: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background (awards and affiliations, etc.).
Full submission requirements here: 

Brian Henry has a "How to Get Published" workshop coming up in Burlington on February 19 with agent Alisha Sevigny of the Rights Factory (see here). On May 7, he'll be hosting the "From the Horse's Mouth" seminar at Ryerson University, where one of the guest speakers will be Marilyn Biderman (details to come).
For information about all of Brian's writing workshops and creative writing courses, see here.

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