Monday, December 1, 2014

The Rights Factory literary agency takes on editors to help their clients; has new agent seeking American authors and six agents looking for Canadian authors

News flash: The Rights Factory literary agency has developed a roster of freelance editors to work with its clients “– with the agency covering editorial fees," explains Sam Hiyate, the agency’s president and co-founder.

"The literary marketplace has become so challenging that I wanted to give our clients – and our agents – a better shot at getting their work placed with the right houses,” says Sam. “This is even more essential for debut novelists and memoirists."

The editors will choose the projects they want to work on. The group comprises editors-at-large Diane Terrana, Leah Fairbank, and Trisha Telep; editor Joanna Childers; and associate editor Haley Nixt.

Also, Natalie Kimber has joined The Rights Factory as associate agent in New York City. Natalie brings her list from her self-started Sun Rae Agency. Previously, she worked with Georgetown Booklab and as an associate to Muriel Nellis at Literary and Creative Artists, Inc.

Natalie is primarily looking for American authors. If you’re an American, looking for an agent, query her at:

The Rights Factory has six more agents, all of whom would be glad to take on new Canadian authors (though doubtless they’d be happy to take on American authors, too):

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, March 7, 2015, in Niagara on the Lake. Details here.

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

Sam Hiyate is the president and co-founder of 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.

Query Sam through TRF’s submissions page here.

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 kid lit 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.

Query Ali at:

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:

Devon LaBerge was recently promoted 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:
Or she can be queried through The Rights factory submissions page here.
Include the first three chapters of the manuscript.

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:

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

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Brian Henry will lead a "How to Get Published" workshop in Niagara on the Lake on Saturday, March 7, with literary agent Olga Filina of The Rights Factory (see here).

Other upcoming workshops, include: “How to Write a Bestseller" with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, Saturday, Dec 6, in London (see here),  Secrets of Writing a Page-turner, Saturday, Jan 17, in Toronto (here), "How to Write Great Dialogue," Saturday, Jan 24, in Georgetown (here), and “Revising and Editing,” Saturday, Jan 31 in Oakville (here).

Kelley Armstrong, a New York Times
#1 bestselling author and one of 
Brian's former students
Weekly courses: Whether you're looking for an introduction to creative writing or you're getting your manuscript ready to submit to an agent, your best bet is a weekly course. Starting in the new year, Brian will be offering classes for beginners through advanced writers. See details for all six courses here.

For details of “Welcome to Creative Writing” on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington see here, for “Writing Your Life & Other Personal Stories” on Tuesday mornings in Oakville see here, for “The Next Step in Creative Writing” on Wednesday evenings in Burlington here, on Thursday afternoons in Mississauga here, and on Thursday evenings in Georgetown here, and for “Intensive Creative Writing” on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington here.

For details of any course or workshop or to register, 

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, 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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