Tuesday, September 15, 2015

New literary agents Sandy Harding and Amanda Leuck at Spencerhill Associates seek upmarket commercial and literary fiction, YA, new adult fiction, urban fantasy, and romance

Literary agent Karen Solem,
president of Spencerhill
Spencerhill Associates        
8131 Lakewood Main Street
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

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Until recently, Spencerhill Associates represented authors of commercial, general-interest fiction and specialized in romance and women’s fiction. But with Sandy Harding and Amanda Leuck  joining the team, the agency has branched out into upmarket commercial and literary fiction and literary and commercial young adult fiction, new adult fiction, and urban fantasy. All four agents at Spencerhill are accepting new clients, but the newest members of the team are most in need of new authors:

Sandy Harding spent fifteen years at Penguin Random House and Penguin Group USA, most recently as a senior editor at NAL.  She recently switched to the agenting side of the publishing business, joining Spencerhill in 2015. Like all new agents, she needs authors.

In earlier days she earned an MA in American Literature at NYU and taught expository writing.  As an editor she was fortunate to work with New York Times bestselling authors, but she also loved discovering new writers in unexpected places and nurturing both their manuscripts and their careers. She’s excited to bring this passion to agenting as she works to build her client list.

Sandy is seeking mainly upmarket commercial and literary fiction for the adult market.  She enjoys women’s fiction for book clubs, smart page-turning thrillers, works of suspense with complex protagonists, mysteries of all sorts (cozies, historical, traditional), and romance. Most of all she’s seeking writing with a voice so penetrating and a story so captivating the reader simply must keep reading.

Attach the first three chapters and synopsis preferably in .doc, rtf or txt format to your email. Full submission guidelines here.

Amanda Leuck began her career in media, and has worked on a TV talk show, at a fashion magazine, as a print journalist, and as an on-air traffic reporter. After graduating from New York University, Amanda went on to study literacy and literature at the post-graduate level. It was then that she developed her passion for publishing.  Amanda joined Spencerhill as an editorial assistant and was promoted to agent in August 2014.

Amanda is currently seeking strong, character-driven stories with an unforgettable voice. She’s looking for literary and commercial YA, new adult fiction, urban fantasy, and romance in all genres, including edgy romantic suspense, contemporary, and paranormal with a fresh twist.

Attach the first three chapters and synopsis. Full submission guidelines here.

Rachel Letofsky
Brian Henry will lead a How to Get Published seminar and a Query Letter Clinic in Saint John, NB, on Saturday, Oct 3 (details here), and a How to Get Published workshop in Hamilton on Saturday, Oct 17, with Rachel Letofsky of the Cooke Agency (see here). 

Also, Brian will lead a Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshop on Saturday, March 5, in Burlington, with Monica Pacheco, literary agent with The McDermid Agency (details to come).

Other upcoming workshops, include Writing Your Life, Saturday, Sept 26, in Brampton (see here) and Saturday, Dec 5, in Burlington (details here), and How to Make Yourself Write, Saturday, Oct 24, in Guelph (see here) and Saturday, Nov 28, in Mississauga (see here).   

For more information or to register, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

But the best way to grow as a writer or to get your manuscript ready for publication may be with a weekly class. This fall, Brian is offering a full line-up of six weekly courses for beginners through advanced. There are still spaces in two of these classes:

Exploring Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Sept 24 - Nov 26, in Mississauga (see here).

Writing Personal stories, Thurs mornings, Oct 8 - Nov 26, in Oakville (see here)
For details or to reserve a spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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