Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Literary agent Monica Odom of Liza Dawson Associates seeks literary and women's fiction, memoir and some nonfiction

Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows,
authors of The Guernsey Literary and
Potato Peel Society
, are represented
by Liza Dawson Associates
Liza Dawson Associates
350 7th Avenue
Suite 2003
New York, NY 10001

Here’s what the Dawson agency has to say about themselves:

“We are a full-service, highly selective literary agency based in New York City. Every day we draw on our expertise as former publishers to ensure that the material we submit stands out. We’re fascinated by how books and ideas spread, and so we’re deeply involved in all aspects of maximizing a book’s life in the marketplace – including the digital, film and licensing worlds.

“We’ve helped journalists and academics discover the nonfiction book they're truly excited to write – and that mainstream publishers are eager to acquire. We’ve re-built careers and we’ve launched first-time novelists. Many of our titles are award winners. We’ve had great success in the international market. Last year, three of our titles were on the New York Times bestseller list, for a total of seventy-two weeks. Our goal is to build long-lasting careers.”

The newest member of the team – and the agent most in need of clients – is Associate Agent Monica Odom. She is also the agency's manager of finance and social media. Monica graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Montclair State University, and is now a candidate for her Masters in Publishing from New York University. Prior to joining LDA, Monica interned at Joelle Delbourgo Associates, New Jersey Business Magazine, and MTV Networks' Public Affairs department.

Monica Odom
Monica is building her client list with a focus on literary fiction, women's fiction and voice-driven memoir, as well as a focus on nonfiction in the areas of pop culture, food and cooking, history, politics, and current affairs.

Monica is looking for writers with big ideas who push the boundaries of storytelling and its traditional forms. She is especially interested in writers with strong social media platforms who have something original to say.

Include the first ten pages of your manuscript as an attachment.

There are also six other agents at Liza Dawson Associates, all looking for new authors. They represent many different kinds of fiction and nonfiction for adults and young adults. Check out what they’re looking for here.

Brian Henry will lead a “How to Get Published"workshop  with guest speaker Martha Magor Webb of Anne McDermid literary agency in Oakville on February 22 (see here).

Karen Le Billon, author of
French Kids Eat Everything, is
represented by Martha Magor Webb

of the McDermid Agency.
Also, Brian will lead a “Writing for Children & for Young Adults” workshop in Mississauga on Sat, Oct 26 (here) and in Caledon at the Bolton Library on January 18 (here).

And he’ll lead “How to Make your stories dramatic” workshops in Kingston on Nov 16 (here), Orillia on Nov 23 (here), and in Brampton on Dec 7 (here).

Brian also has a number of weekly course coming up in January. He'll lead a “Writing your life & other true stories” on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (see here) and a “Welcome to Creative Writing” course on Tuesday evenings in Burlington(here).

Brian will lead Next Step courses on Tuesday mornings in Burlington (see here), Thursday afternoons in Mississauga (here) and Thursday evenings in Georgetown (here); and he'll lead “Intensive” courses for more experienced writers on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington and Wednesday evenings in Mississauga (see here).

To register or for more details of any course or workshop, email

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

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