Monday, March 14, 2016

New agent at Dystel & Goderich seeks thrillers, sci-fi/fantasy, YA fiction, women's fiction, plus narrative nonfiction

One Union Square, New York, NY
Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
One Union Square West
Suite 904
New York, NY 10003

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Dystel & Goderich was founded in 1994 by Jane Dystel, who has been in publishing for over 30 years. The agency prides itself on taking query letters from unknown writers very seriously. “As a matter of fact,” says Jane Dystel, “we have discovered many of our most talented authors in the slush pile. We read everything that is sent to us, whether we decide to represent it or not.”

Michael Hoogland is the newest member of the team and like all new agents, he needs authors. He comes to Dystel & Goderich after completing a foreign rights internship at Sterling Lord Mike studied at Colgate University and after graduating with a degree in political science, interned with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, but soon realized he was better suited to a career in publishing. Mike furthered his career at the Columbia Publishing course and discovered his passion for the agenting side of the business. He Tweets here.

Mike is looking for thrillers (especially domestic), sci-fi/fantasy, YA, and upmarket women’s fiction. He is also seeking a wide array of narrative nonfiction.

Query Mike at:
Include synopses, outlines or sample chapters (say one chapter or the first 25 pages of your manuscript) in the body of the email or as an attachment.

Jennifer Mook-Sang
Brian Henry will lead Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshops on Saturday, April 2, in Barrie, with literary agent Rachel Letofsky (see here), on Saturday, April 30, in Guelph, with Yasemin U├žar, senior editor, Kids Can Press and authors Jennifer Mook-Sang and Kira Vermond (see here), and Sunday, May 29, in Ottawa with acclaimed author Alan Cumyn (see here).

Other upcoming workshops include  Writing Your Life, Saturday, March 16, in Caledon (see here) and Saturday, April 16 in London (see here) and How to Write Great Characters, Saturday, May 14 in Toronto (see here) and Sunday, June 5 in Georgetown (see here).

Also, Brian will be part of the Windsor International Writers’ Festival May 5 – 8, where he’ll be leading Writing Query Letters that Get a Yes and a Query Letter Clinic (see here). And Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 12, Brian will lead a Writer’s Retreat at Arowhon Pines Resort in Algonquin Park (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. This spring, Brian will be offering a full range of courses from beginners to more experienced. See details of all six classes starting this spring here.
Canoeing at Arowhon Pines Resort
“Exploring Creative Writing,” Tuesday afternoons, April 19 – June 21, in Burlington (see here)
“Writing Personal Stories,” Wednesday mornings, April 27 – June 15, in Mississauga (see here)
“Next Step in Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, April 13 – June 15, in Burlington (see here)
“Next Step in Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons, April 21 – June 23, in Oakville (see here)
“Intermediate Creative Writing,” Thursday evenings, April 14 – June 16, in Georgetown (see here
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, March 30 – June 15, in Burlington

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
To register or for more information for any class or workshop, email:

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

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