Thursday, August 25, 2011

Michelle Hardy and other agents at Serendipity seek new authors

Serendipity Literary Agency
305 Gates Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216 

Dawn Michelle Hardy landed in the book business after a friend recommended her for a gig as a personal assistant to New York Times bestselling author Terri Woods  (True to the Game, Dutch trilogy, Alibi).

In 2004, Dawn formed a PR and consulting agency and has planned public relations campaigns for fiction authors signed to Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster and Kensington/Dafina, as well as nonfiction self-published titles on career, health and empowerment.

She also contributes to Called Magazine, as the Books & Products editor for this lifestyle publication for women in ministry. In between coordinating book releases, attending professional sporting events, and getting her passport stamped, Dawn Michelle is writing her first book, a helpful guide for writers considering the self-publishing route.

Most recently, Dawn joined Serendipity as an associate agent.  She's actively seeking to represent a broad range of projects. She's looking to acquire nonfiction self-help, motivational and empowerment titles,  relationship, pop culture, leadership and non-denominational spiritual books and women's fcition. Feel free to contact her in reference to any nonfiction subject.

Linda Duggins of Hachete Books, author Felicia Pride,
Karen Thomas & literary publicist Gilda Squire
Karen Thomas has also recently joined Serendipity as a senior agent.  Karen began her career as an Editorial Assistant at Berkley Publishing in 1992. She is the Founding Editor of Dafina Books, an African American, award-winning imprint of Kensington Publishing, and a former Executive Editor at Grand Central Publishing.

Karen has acquired and edited numerous fiction and nonfiction New York Times bestsellers, including: Teri Woods, Pam Grier, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Sherri Shepherd, Faith Evans, Karrine Steffans, Mary HoneyB Morrison, Tyrese Gibson, Carl Weber, Queen Latifah and Wahida Clark. She has been profiled in prominent publications including spreads in Black Enterprise magazine, Publishers Weekly and Today's Black Woman.

Karen is seeking narrative nonfiction, celebrity, pop culture, memoir, general fiction, women's fiction, romance, mystery, self-help, inspirational, Christian-based fiction and nonfiction including Evangelical.

Foladé Bell is an Associate Agent. She is focused on unearthing the raw potential of new authors ready to enter the collaborative process as well as on assisting existing authors advance their careers.

Foladé is actively seeking to represent a broad range of projects. She is particularly drawn to literary and commercial women’s fiction with a strong sense of story, voice and character; funny and relatable fiction; daring YA books that showcase a fresh, unique perspective; literary mysteries/thrillers that aren’t formulaic or market saturated, contemporary historical fiction, African-American issues, gay/lesbian, Christian fiction, humor and books that deeply explore other cultures. No subject is out-of-bounds. She loves non-fiction that reads like fiction. Feel free to approach her with ideas adapted from blogs or websites with new views on pop culture

Ful submission information and submission form here.
Brian Henry has a "Writing for Children and for Young Adults" workshop coming up on  in Gravenhurst in Muskoka on October 1 (see here), and in St. Catharines on January 14, 2012 (see here).

Also, Brian will be leading "How to Get Published" workshops on August 27 in Woodstock, (see here), on September 24 in Guelph with guest Monica Pacheco of the Anne McDermid Agency (see here), on Sunday, Oct 23, in Sudbury (see here) and on December 3 in Oakville with guest Ali McDonald of The Rights Factory literary agency (see here).

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

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