Thursday, September 20, 2012

Three literary agents at Anne McDermid & Associates seek authors

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan,
represented by McDermid & Associates
Anne McDermid & Associates
83 Willcocks Street
Toronto, ON  M5S 1C9

Anne McDermid founded this agency in Toronto in January 1996. She had previously been a senior partner in the distinguished British agency Curtis Brown for several years.
The McDermid agency represents literary novelists and commercial novelists of high quality, and also writers of non-fiction in the areas of memoir, biography, history, literary travel, narrative science, investigative journalism and true crime.
The agency also represents a certain number of 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 authors such as Michael Crummey, Camilla Gibb, Greg Hollingshead, Andrew Pyper, Nino Ricci, David Adams Richards, Michael Winter and Vincent Lam, who won the Giller Prize in 2006.

The agency also represents writers of narrative non-fiction, such as Charles Montgomery and James MacKinnon, both of whom won the Charles Taylor prize for literary non-fiction in their years of publication. More recently, the agency has been branching out to represent upmarket commercial fiction writers, such as Leah McLaren from the Globe and Mail, Robert Wiersema, and Peter Darbyshire.

If you are interested in submitting your work McDermid & Associates, please e-mail your query to
Your query should include a brief description of yourself and your project, and you are welcome to include the first 5 pages of your manuscript. Please do not send any further material unless invited.

The agency has three agents currently looking for new authors:

Monica Pacheco represents a growing list of writers, focusing on children's, young adult, science fiction and fantasy. Her clients include actress/writer/director Sarah Polley whose children's picture book Monica sold to HarperCollins Canada; Yves, Mynard whose fantasy trilogy she sold to Tor/Macmillan; Deborah Kerbel who was short-listed by the Canadian Library Association for 2010 YA book of the year; and horror writer David Nickle, winner of the Bram Stoker Award.

Monica will be the guest speaker at Brian Henry's
 "How to Get Published" workshop on Saturday, October 13, 2012, in Toronto. Details here.

Chris Bucci represents both fiction and non-fiction, focusing particularly on non-fiction in the areas of popular science and technology and popular culture.

Martha Magor Webb represents a growing list of writers, focusing on literary fiction, narrative non-fiction (including memoir and true crime) and ideas-driven non-fiction. 

Her clients include Pasha Malla (longlisted for the Giller, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, winner of the Danuta Gleed and the Trillium awards), Damian Tarnopolsky (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the award), Russell Smith, Jessica Grant, (winner of the First Novel and the Winterset Awards) Nicholas Ruddock, and Andrew Westoll.

Brian Henry will be leading a "Writing for Children and for Young Adults" workshop in Hamilton on February 9 (details here). Also, he'll be leading "How to Get Published" workshops on March 16 in Kingston (details here) and on March 17 in Peterborough (details here). To register, email:  

But probably the best single step you can take toward getting manuscript ready for publication is to join one of the
“Next Step” or “Intensive” creative writing courses. Starting in January, Brian will be leading “Next Step” courses in Mississauga (details here) and in Georgetown (details here). He’ll be leading   “Intensive” courses in Burlington (details here) and in Mississauga (details here).

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

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