Monday, November 9, 2015

New literary agent Rachel Burkot seeks woman's fiction, YA, and more

Rachel Burkot
Holloway Literary

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Holloway Literary was a one-woman agency run by Nikki Terpilowski and specializing in Woman’s Fiction and Romance. Now a second agent – Rachel Burkot – has joined Holloway and broadened the agency’s scope. Like all new agents, Rachel needs authors.


Rachel has been in the publishing industry since 2009. After completing an internship with two literary agencies, reading mostly young adult and thrillers, she then worked as an editor for Harlequin, acquiring category romance, contemporary romance, multicultural romance and women’s fiction.

Rachel is drawn to voice-driven fiction, particularly in young adult; quirky, three-dimensional, flawed characters, including and especially secondary characters; beautiful writing; books that explore good people in morally complicated situations; and complex, detailed plots.

Rachel is interested in representing:
  • Women’s fiction
  • Upmarket/book club fiction; e.g., Emily Giffin, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain
  • Young adult (no fantasy or paranormal unless it’s very light)
  • Contemporary romance; e.g., Kristan Higgins
  • Category romance with unique, memorable plots; e.g., Natalie Charles
  • Southern fiction
  • “Dark” women’s fiction/thrillers; e.g., Gillian Flynn or Mary Kubica
  • Urban fiction
  • Literary fiction

Include the first five pages of your manuscript pasted in the body of your email. In the email subject header, write “Query: Title/Genre.” 

Martha Webb
Brian Henry will lead a How to Get Published workshops on Saturday, Feb 20, in Kitchener, with literary agent Olga Filina of The Rights Factory (see here) and on Saturday, Feb 27, in Brampton with Martha Webb of the McDermid 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 (see here).

Other upcoming workshops include  You can write great dialogue, Saturday, Nov 21, in Ingersoll (see here), How to Build Your Story, Sunday, Nov 22, in Windsor (see here),  How to Make Yourself Write Saturday, Nov 28, in Mississauga (see here), and Writing Your Life, Saturday, Dec 5, in Burlington (see  here).   

For more information or to register, email:

But the best way to grow as a writer or to get your manuscript ready for publication may be with a weekly class. Starting in the new year, Brian will be offering a full range of courses for both beginning writers and more experienced writers (details of all five classes here) ...

Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Jan 28 – March 31, (no class March 17), in Burlington. (See details of this class here.)
Writing Personal Stories, Tuesday afternoons, Feb 2 – March 29, (no class March 15) in Burlington (see here.)
The Next Step in Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, Jan 20 – March 30 (no class March 16), in Burlington
Intermediate Creative Writing, Thurs evenings, Jan 21 – March 31, (no class March 17), in Georgetown (see here)
Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, Jan 20 – March 9, in Burlington

See details of all five classes here.
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
To register or for more information, email:

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

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