Monday, July 18, 2016

Andrea Cascardi rejoins major Canadian literary agency Transatlantic; seeks books for children and adults

Transatlantic Agency
2 Bloor Street East
Suite 3500
Toronto, ON M4W 1A8
Canada

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The Transatlantic Agency is one of Canada’s larger literary agencies, with over 150 clients on two continents. The agency represents both books for children and books for adults, and nine of their agents are looking for authors, including Andrea Cascardi, who has returned to Transatlantic after a few years as Publisher and Managing Director of Egmont USA.

Andrea Cascardi is enormously experienced both as an agent and an editor and she is now actively looking for authors, of both children’s and adult books. Before her recent stint with Egmont, she was with Transatlantic for ten years and before that held senior editorial positions at Random House and Disney Publishing.

Said Cascardi, “I am delighted to be returning to agenting with Transatlantic, a company I know and trust, after a period of three years on the other side of the desk. I am very excited about working closely with authors and illustrators and I look forward to bringing a new perspective to my work as an agent.”

David Bennett, president of Transatlantic  said, “We are so pleased that Andrea is returning to the agency to represent a broad range of talent in different genres from her base in New York.”

“I have eclectic taste, so my submissions wish-list is broad-ranging,” says Andrea. She is looking for both children’s authors and adult authors, both fiction and nonfiction

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool,
represented by Andrea Cascardi
Fiction: “Any fiction submission must, first and foremost, have a compelling voice driving the story.” says Andrea. “Beyond that, I look for smart writing, and amped-up emotions: for example, if you’re writing a warm, heartfelt story, I want it to leave me emotionally spent at the end. Ditto for romance: I want to feel the heat!

“I’m hoping to discover funny books that literally make me snort with laughter throughout. And books that take unexpected turns that surprise or shock me in a good way. I look for unique yet relatable characters, and I want those characters to come from a full range of diverse backgrounds and time periods. More specifically, I’d love to see boundary-pushing stories, dark humor, literary, and clever commercial fiction.”

Nonfiction: I am open to nonfiction for young readers of all ages, and I’m keen to find innovative presentations and compelling, creative nonfiction that illuminates a broader topic by viewing it through a smaller lens. I’d like to see some “out there” nonfiction ideas that dazzle with their brilliance yet connect immediately with kids.”

Author-illustrators: “I’m excited to bring new storytelling talent into the field, as well as to work with artists who have experience in other fields such as animation or editorial work and are ready to send their own projects into the world.”

Adult fiction: I’m a voracious reader, and I’m looking to represent what I’d love to read, which for lack of a better term I will call commercial books that beg to be discussed. As with children’s fiction, it must be superlative in one or more ways: smart, fierce, commercial, emotionally-hooking, clever, heart-pounding, diverse…the bar is high but I’m eager to discover exciting new voices.”

Full submission guidelines, here.

Literary agent Cassandra Rodgers
Brian Henry has a number of workshops coming up: “Writing and Revising,” Saturday, July 23 in Kitchener (see here),“How to Make Your Stories Dramatic,” Saturday, Aug 20, in Oakville (see here), and “You can write great dialogue,” Sunday, Aug 21, in Brampton (see here).

For those who love great food and a beautiful setting with their writing, Brian Henry will lead a Fall Colours Writing Retreat at Arowhon Pines Resort in Algonquin Park, Friday, Sept 16 – Sunday, Sept 18 (see here).

This fall, Brian will offer a wide range of classes:

“Welcome to Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons, Sept 29 - Dec 8, in Oakville.
 “Writing Kid Lit ~ Picture Books to YA (new) Tuesday afternoons, Sept 27 - Nov 22 (no class Oct 11), in Burlington.
“Intermediate Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, Sept 21 to Nov 30 (no class Oct 12), in Burlington (see here)
Intermediate Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, Sept 29 - Dec 8, in Georgetown (see here).
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, Intensive Sept 14 - Dec 14 (no class Oct 12) , in Burlington.

See details of all five classes offered this fall here.
To reserve a spot or for more details, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Brian will lead “How to Get Published” workshops on Saturday, Oct 15 in Burlington with literary agent Cassandra Rodgers of The Rights Factory as his guest speaker (details to be posted soon), and on Saturday, October 29, in Caledon, at the Bolton Public Library, with Martha Web of the McDermid Agency (see here). 
To register or for details, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Then on Saturday, November 19, Brian will lead a “Writing for Children and for Young Adults” workshop in Mississauga with Anne Shone, Senior Editor, Scholastics Canada as his guest speaker.

To register of for more information for any of the above, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, 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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