Monday, September 8, 2014

Six agents at Liza Dawson Associates seek books for adults and younger people and all sorts of fiction and nonfiction

Editor Valerie Gray, author Robyn Carr,
and agent Liza Dawson
Liza Dawson Associates
350 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2003
New York, NY 10001

Liza Dawson Associates has six literary agents all accepting new clients and interested in a broad range of books. They’re looking for both fiction and nonfiction, literary fiction and genre fiction, adult fiction, picture books, Middle Grade, Young Adult and New Adult fiction.

Liza Dawson (president of the agency) specializes in plot-driven literary fiction and thrillers of all sorts, historicals, suspense, history, psychology, politics, parenting, narrative nonfiction and memoirs.

Query letter only; if she likes your query, she’ll ask for a partial manuscript


Caitlin Blasdell specializes in quality commercial fiction including science fiction & fantasy (adult, young adult, and middle grade), urban fantasy, historical, mysteries, thrillers, and women's fiction.


Query letter only; if she likes your query, she’ll ask for a partial manuscript and a plot synopsis.


Anna Olswanger specializes in children's illustrated books and adult nonfiction, Judaica, some middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. Anna is particularly interested in working with author-illustrators.


Paste the first five pages of your manuscript into your email. No attachments


Havis Dawson specializes in military memoirs, southern fiction, fantasy, thrillers, business and practical books, as well as spiritual and self-help books.


Attach the first 5 – 10 pages as a Word of PDF document


Hannah Bowman specializes in commercial fiction, especially science fiction and fantasy, women’s fiction, cozy mysteries, romance and young adult...also nonfiction in the areas of mathematics, science and spirituality.


Query letter only; if she likes your query, she’ll ask for more


Monica Odom specializes in literary fiction, compelling speculative fiction and magic realism, women’s fiction and voice-driven memoir, as well as nonfiction in the areas of pop culture, food and cooking, history, politics, and current affairs. Monica is especially interested in writers with strong social media platforms.


Attach the first 10 pages of your manuscript


Scoop: Catie Flum works as the assistant at Liz Dawson and her duties include “slush pile patrol,” that is, reading submissions from unknown authors like you.  According to the agencies Twitter feed, Catie is looking for;

-        -  New Adult romance with geeks/nerds and non-abusive relationships. Think Cath and Levi in a new adult book
-       -  A mystery/thriller with a young female journalist uncovering a scandal: think Rory Gilmore in her dream job!
     -  Adult fiction with characters with disabilities – no fantasy/science fiction.
    - And she’d love historical fic from new perspectives: e.g. stenographer at the Continental Congress or servant in Tudor courts.

Check out Liza Dawson Associates twitter feed here.
See the agency’s full submission guidelines here.

Kelley Armstrong, a New York Times
bestselling author and former student
of Brian's, will be the guest speaker at
"How to Write a Bestseller" 
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 (see here).

He has a “Writing for Children & for Young Adults" workshop Saturday, Nov 8, in Guelph (see here).

Other upcoming workshops, include: “How to Make Yourself Write,” Saturday, Sept 13 in Brampton (see (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. Fall courses are starting soon. There are still lots of spaces in
“Welcome to Creative Writing" on Tuesday mornings in Burlington (see here) and “Writing Your Life & Other Personal Stories” on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (here).

But other courses are full or filling up fast, so if you’re interested, register soon. Here’s what’s on offer: “The Next Step in Creative Writing” Wednesday evenings in Burlington (here), Thursday afternoons in Mississauga (here) and Thursday evenings in Georgetown (here), and “Intensive Creative Writing” Wednesday afternoons in Burlington (here).

See details of all six courses starting in September 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, 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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