Thursday, March 14, 2013

Two new Canadian literary agents: Olga Filna & Eftyhia Lucas at The Rights Factory

The Rights Factory Inc. 
PO Box 499, Station C
Toronto ON M6J 3P6

The Rights Factory is a boutique agency that deals in intellectual property rights for entertainment products, including books, comics & graphic novels, film, television, and video games. As an international agency, TRF licenses rights in every territory. TRF works directly with publishers, producers, studios, game developers and other rights-buyers in all territories, occasionally in conjunction with local representatives.  

The company was founded in 2004 by principal, Sam Hiyate, and partner, Christos Grivas.

Olga Filina has recently been hired as an associate agent. A graduate of Humber’s Creative Book Publishing Program, Olga spent over a decade as a sales manager and book buyer for both national and independent book store chains and two years as a literary assistant at The Cooke Agency.

While Olga will read anything that may set her book clubs on fire, she gravitates towards commercial and historical fiction, great genre fiction in the area of romance and mystery, nonfiction in the field of business, wellness, lifestyle and memoir and young adult and middle grade novels with memorable characters. In her spare time, Olga sits on library boards, organizes literary festivals and runs more book clubs than she can count.

Query Olga at:

Olga will be the guest speaker at the "How to Get Published" workshop, Saturday, May 4, in Barrie. Details here.

Eftyhia Lucas is another new associate agent at The Rights Factory. No other information available about her. Query Eftyhia at

Ali McDonald specializes in children's literature of all kinds, ranging from novelty board books, picture books, early readers, and chapter books, to middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. She enjoys working primarily with debut authors, but also has the distinguished pleasure of co-representing big stars of Canadian literature, including Mariko Tamaki and David Glimour, in their kidlit works. Ali is open to anything, building her list on strong voices with original stories. Many Quick Brown Fox readers will be familiar with Ali from when she`s been a guest speaker at Brian Henry's workshops.

Haskell Nussbaum is a lawyer turned writer turned literary agent. He is the author of Beat That Parking Ticket and has contributed articles and stories to the National Post (Canada), Jerusalem Post, Pacific News Service and others, and he has appeared on, or been featured in, national and local news, radio and TV, including Fox and Friends, NPR, NY Post, New York Magazine, USA Today, NY1, CBS, Today in New York, and many others. His list is diverse, ranging from clients on the New York Times Bestseller list to debut authors.

Query Haskell at

Drea Cohane joined The Rights Factory in 2011. With a publishing degree, and several years of writing behind her, Drea is a voracious reader of all genres. She is currently looking to add to her list of authors in memoir, crime, creative non-fiction and literary fiction. Drea blogs occasionally here.

Query Drea at:

Sam Hiyate has an esteemed roster of both fiction and non-fiction writers including Jennifer Close, debut author of the must-read short story collection of the summer, Girls In White Dresses (August 2011 release); Margot Berwin, author of Hot House Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire (optioned by Julia Roberts in conjunction with Columbia Pictures for film rights), and the forthcoming paranormal romance, Aromata.

Among others, Sam also represents Andrew Kaufman, author of such literary works as All My Friends Are Superheroes and The Waterproof Bible; Rupinder Gill, This Hour Has 22 Minutes staff writer and author of the humorous memoir On the Outside Looking Indian; and David Gilmour, multi-award winning author of The Film Club and upcoming The Perfect Order of Things. Sam is always on the lookout for that perfect commercial-literary hybrid and is partial to funny and moving stories.
Query Sam through TRF’s submissions page here.

Rights Factory contact page 
here. Submissions page here. 

Brian Henry will lead a "Writing for Children and for Young Adults" workshop in Guelph on April 13 (see here). Also, he’ll lead a "How to Get Published” workshop on Saturday, May 4, in Barrie (see here). To register, mail

However, before you submit, though, the best way to get your manuscript into shape is with a weekly course. This summer, Brian will be leading Intensive Creative Writing courses on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (details here) and on Thursday evenings in Mississauga (details here). 
To register, email

Also, he’ll be leading Writing True Stories classes on Monday mornings in Mississauga (see here), and he'll lead a Welcome to Creative Writing course on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (see here). 
To register, email

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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