Sunday, May 15, 2011

Kathleen Rushall joins Waterside Literary Agency, seeks children's and YA fiction

Waterside Productions Inc.
2055 Oxford Ave.
Cardiff, CA. 92007

Waterside Literary Agency bills itself as "the world’s premier literary agency for computer and technology authors. Since our founding in 1982, Waterside agents have successfully represented more than 5,000 books to over 50 publishers, generating more than $150 Million for authors."

Recently, Waterside has hired Kathleen Rushall to expand the agency's operations into children's and young adult literature.

"Kathleen looks forward to garnering fresh voices, strong narratives, and whimsical tales in all areas of young adult literature including fantasy, historical fiction, science fiction, dystopian stories, and contemporary fiction. She is open to all genres of YA, but has a soft spot for well-researched historical narratives, edgy or paranormal plots, humorous voices, and would love to find a dark mystery. Kathleen is open to unique, quirky picture books and character driven middle grade fiction as well (especially multi-cultural or boy-driven MG).

"For all manuscripts, character development and voice are essential. Please make sure your work is as polished as possible and has been revised, both for plot and for superficial changes (grammar counts!). Please submit a query letter and a maximum of the first 50 pages of your manuscript for consideration.

"Kathleen also represents select nonfiction and is interested in parenting, cooking, crafts, business, alternative medicine, women’s interest, humor, pop-culture, and some how-to. For nonfiction projects, please submit your query letter in your email body with your proposal and up to 3 sample chapters as an attachment. You can find our nonfiction proposal guidelines on our website." (See here.)

Kathleen graduated from Seattle University with her bachelor’s degree in English and minor in fine arts. She moved back to her hometown of San Diego to earn her master’s degree in English, specializing in children’s literature, from San Diego State University. When she is not at her desk, Kathleen enjoys exploring new restaurants, dreaming of Ireland, and walking her Australian Shepherd, Finn.

Kathleen can be queried at

Brian Henry has a "Writing for Children and Young Adults" workshop coming up on on August 20 in Oakville. (See here).

Brian will also be leading: "How to Get Published" workshops on August 27 in Woodstock, Ontario, (see here) and on September 24 in Guelph with guest Monica Pacheco of the Anne McDermid Agency. (Details here.

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Kitchener, Orangeville, Barrie, Woodstock, London, Gravenhurst, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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