Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Three literary agents at Marsal Lyon agency are looking for new authors

Marsal Lyon Literary Agency 
PMB 121
665 San Rodolfo Dr. 124
Solana Beach, CA 92075

Kathleen Rushall started as an intern at the Sandra Dijkstra Agency, and then spent almost two years at Waterside Productions

Kathleen looks forward to garnering fresh voices, strong narratives, and whimsical tales in all areas of young adult literature including contemporary fiction, suspense, Southern gothic, historical fiction, and science fiction. She is open to all genres of YA, but has a soft spot for thrillers, horror, romance, laugh-out-loud voices, and would love to find a dark mystery. She’s also open to New Adult queries.

Kathleen is looking for funny, character-driven, quirky picture books and all genres of big voiced middle grade fiction.

Kathleen also represents select nonfiction and is interested in parenting, cooking, crafts, business, alternative medicine, women’s interest, humor, pop-culture, and some how-to.

Kathleen graduated from Seattle University with her bachelor’s degree in English and minor in fine arts. She moved back to her hometown of San Diego to earn her master’s degree in English, specializing in children’s literature, from San Diego State University. When she is not at her desk, Kathleen enjoys exploring new restaurants, dreaming of Ireland, and walking her Australian Shepherd, Finn.

Read an interview with Kathleeen here.

Include “Query” in the subject of your email and include your phone number in your query. Full submission guidelines here.

Shannon Hassan brings a depth of business and editorial experience to her role as agent, having worked in publishing and law for more than a decade.

She represents authors of literary and commercial fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction, and select nonfiction.

With respect to fiction, she is drawn to fresh voices, compelling characters, and crisp prose, and enjoys both contemporary and historical settings.

For nonfiction: she is interested in memoirists with exceptional stories to tell, as well as authors with a strong platform in current affairs, history, education, or law. Based in Boulder, Colorado, she is also eager to hear from authors with a unique perspective on the New West.

Before entering the publishing world, she was a corporate attorney at Arnold & Porter in New York, and she received her JD from Harvard and her BA from George Washington University. She has served on the board of the Publishers Association of the West and was a founding board member of the Boulder Writing Studio.

Include “Query” in the subject of your email and include your phone number in your query. Full submission guidelines here.
Deborah Ritchken has a broad based knowledge of the book world. After college she managed a chain of bookstores in the Midwest; learned editing and production with a small LA-based publishing house, and had positions as a marketing manager at both Prentice-Hall and Harcourt Brace. Deborah was with the Sandra Dijkstra Agency and for the last four years, the Castiglia Literary Agency.

Deborah is currently looking for lifestyle books, specifically in the areas of food, design and entertaining; pop culture; women’s issues; biography; and current events.

Her niche interest is projects about France, including fiction.

Include “Query” in the subject of your email and include your phone number in your query. Full submission guidelines here.

Carly Watters of P.S. Literary Agency
Brian Henry will lead “How to Get Published” workshops  in Stouffville on May 24 with literary agent Carly Watters (see here) and in Ottawa on June 22 with literary agent Maria Vicente (see here).

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

But the best way to get your manuscript ready for publication is with a weekly course. Check out the details of the summer session of ‘The Next Step in Creative Writing” here and “Intensive Creative Writing” here.

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

See Brian's full 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, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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