Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Rights Factory has six (Canadian) literary agents seeking authors, including one brand new agent

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

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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 Rights Factory has an esteemed roster of both fiction and non-fiction writers including Jennifer Close, debut author of the must-read short story collection, Girls In White Dresses; 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.

As of January 2014, The Rights Factory has promoted Devon LaBerge to associate agent from agency assistant. Devon previously interned at HarperCollins Canada and Dundurn Press. She holds a publishing certificate from Ryerson University and an honours bachelor of arts in English Literature and Canadian Studies from University of Toronto. Like all new agents, Devon is in need of new authors.

“I'm primarily interested in literary fiction, women's fiction, genre fiction (most notably crime and mystery), and memoir,” says Devon. “And I’lll be venturing out to acquire YA as well.” 

Query Devon at: Devon@therightsfactory.com
Or she can be queried through The Rights factory submissions page here.
Include the first three chapters of the manuscript.

The Rights Factory also has several other agents who are looking for clients:

Sam Hiyate is the president The Rights Factory.  Among others, Sam 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 seeking great mysteries, crime novels and thrillers, he’s partial to funny and moving stories, and he’s always on the lookout for that perfect commercial-literary hybrid.

Note: Sam will be the guest speaker at the "How to Get Published" workshop, Saturday, April 12, in Guelph. Details here.

Query Sam through TRF’s submissions page here.

Olga Filina is fairly new to the agenting business. 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.

Note: Olga will be the guest speaker at the "How to Get Published" workshop, Saturday, April 19, in London. Details here.

Query Olga at: Olga@therightsfactory.com
Or through The Rights factory submissions page here.

Eftyhia Lucas
 is another relatively new associate agent at The Rights Factory, but she’s currently on leave

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 Haskell@therightsfactory.com

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: Drea@therightsfactory.com

See The Rights Factory contact page here. Submissions page here. 

Brian Henry will lead a “How to Get Published" workshop in Burlington on Feb 22 with literary agent Martha Magor Webb (see here). 

He’ll also lead “How to Get Published” workshops in Thessalon in Algoma on March 23 (see here), in Guelph on April 12 with literary agent Sam Hiyate (see here), in London on April 19 with literary agent Olga Filina (see here), and in Stouffville on May 24 with literary agent Carly Watters (see here).

Also, Brian will lead a “Writing for Children & for Young Adults” workshop in Burlington on May 31 (see here).

To register or for more details of any course or workshop, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Algoma, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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