Monday, July 28, 2014

Literary agent Mackenzie Brady of New Leaf Literary seeks new authors

Joanna Volpe
New Leaf Literary & Media
110 West 40th Street, Suite 410
New York, NY 10018

New Leaf Literary is a young agency, led by Joanna Volpe who was previously with Nancy Coffey Literary. Joanna represents all kinds of fiction, from picture books to adult, and like all four agents at New Leaf, she's taking on new clients. 

Here’s what New Leaf has to say about itself: “At New Leaf Literary & Media we believe in total client representation, before and beyond the sale. While it all begins with a good story, there is so much more that goes into a career as an author. It is our goal to not only advise and assist in this journey, but to stand with our clients at each stage.

“We provide editorial direction for each and every project in the development stages, and before a book is published, we work with our clients to develop promotion plans that enhance and support the publisher's outreach. With a comprehensive subrights department and film representation in-house, we are always considering the global and multimedia possibilities for each project we take on.

“Most importantly, we believe in open and honest communication with our clients throughout the entire process.”

The newest member of the team is Mackenzie Brady, who joined New Leaf Literary as an agent in 2014. Like all new agents, she needs authors. Previously, she was an agent at Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency and before that an intern at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Fine Print Literary Mgmt.

Mackenzie  was a microbiologist in her pre-publishing life, so she’s always on the hunt for projects that bring new facets of science to light. She is endlessly fascinated by the human body, especially the heart. Follow her on Twitter: @mackenziecbrady.

Mackenzie’s taste in nonfiction extends beyond science books to memoirs, lost histories, epic sports narratives, true crime and gift/lifestyle books. She is particularly interested in projects with a strong narrative and a female bend.

Mackenzie also represents select adult and YA fiction projects. Her favorite novels are almost always dark, visceral reads focused on the complexities of being a human. Think Breaking Bad and The Wire but in book form. She also represents illustrators (with or without book projects of their own). In the end, all she wants is to be told a good story.

Query Mackenzie at
In the subject line of the email, put the word “Query” plus the agent’s name and the title of your book (for example: “Query for Mackenzie: Title”). Include up to 5 double-spaced sample pages within the body of the email. No unsolicited attachments.

Full submission guidelines here. See author bios for all the staff at New Leaf here.

Carolyn Forde
of Westwood Creative Artists
Brian Henry will lead “How to Get Published” workshops in Oakville on Saturday, Sept 27, with literary agent Carolyn Forde (see here) and in Niagara on the Lake on Sunday, March 1, with literary agent Olga Filina email for details.

Brian also has some great workshops coming up, including, "Writing Great Characters," Saturday, Aug 16, in Hamilton (see here), “How to Make Yourself Write,” Saturday, Sept 13 in Brampton (see here),  “Writing & Revising,” Saturday, Sept 20, in Toronto (see here), and “How to Write a Bestseller,” with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, Saturday, Nov 22, in Burlington (see here) and Saturday, Dec 6 in London (see here). See Brian's full schedule here.

But the best way to get your manuscript ready for publication is with a weekly course. This fall, Brian will be offering weekly classes for writers from beginning to advanced. Check out details of all six upcoming classes here

Specifically, Brian is offering “Welcome to Creative Writing” class on Tuesday mornings in Burlington (see here), “Writing Your Life & Other Personal Stories” on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (see here), “The Next Step in Creative Writing” on Wednesday evenings in Burlington (see here), on Thursday afternoons in Mississauga (see here) and Thursday evenings in Georgetown (see here). He’s offering “Intensive Creative Writing” on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington (see here).

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

Brian's full schedule
(see here) includes writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, 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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