Monday, August 29, 2016

Seven agents at New Leaf Literary & Media seek everything from picture books to YA, from crime fiction to romance to upmarket woman’s fiction, and from lifestyle books to cookbooks

Joanna Volpe,
president New Leaf Literary
New Leaf Literary & Media
110 West 40th Street, Suite 410
New York, NY 10018

New Leaf has seven literary agents all looking for authors – everything from picture books to YA, from crime fiction to romance to upmarket woman’s fiction, and from lifestyle books to cookbooks. For new authors, three agents at New Leaf are of special interest, because they’re new, and like all new agents, they’re hungry for clients:

Janet Reid has joined New Leaf Literary & Media as director of literary development and as a literary agent. Previously she was an agent at FinePrint Literary Management. Janet Reid specializes in narrative non-fiction and compelling crime fiction.

Her publishing background includes fifteen years in book publicity with clients both famous and infamous. In her spare hours she drinks scotch and stalks Jack Reacher. Janet is a member of the literary agents professional association AAR; an associate member of Mystery Writers of America. She Tweets here.

Query Janet at: query@newleafliterary.com
The word Query must be in the subject line, plus the agent’s name; eg: Subject: Query, Janet Reid. You may include up to five double-spaced pages in the body of the email. No attachments.

Danielle Barthel, assistant agent. Danielle is seeking Upmarket Woman’s fiction, Historical fiction, Romance, Unique Lifestyle books and Cookbooks.

Following her completion of the Denver Publishing Institute after graduation, Danielle began interning at Writers House. While there, she realized she wanted to put her English degree and love of the written word to work at a literary agency. She worked as a full-time assistant for three years, and continues to help keep the New Leaf offices running smoothly in her role of Coordinator of Team and Client Services. In her downtime, she can be found with a cup of tea, a bar of chocolate, or really good book … sometimes all together.
Query Danielle at: query@newleafliterary.com
The word Query must be in the subject line, plus the agent’s name; eg: Subject: Query, Danielle Barthel. You may include up to five double-spaced pages in the body of the email. No attachments.

Jackie Lindert, associate agent: Jackie says she’s “looking for a unique voice, one that feels fresh and different and makes me think in new ways. Regardless of genre, those are the books I can’t get out of my head, and the ones I want to share.”

More generally, she’s seeking YA and upmarket adult projects, with bonus points for political undertones. She is looking for voice-driven fiction and narrative non-fiction for adults and teens, especially stories featuring underrepresented characters and topics. She has a soft spot for history or anything featuring a strong female lead.

Jackie earned her B.A. in English in her home state of Wisconsin before trekking to Colorado to attend the Denver Publishing Institute. Her first job in publishing was in subsidiary rights at Penguin Random House, following an internship at none other than New Leaf Literary. After assisting the agency’s literary department for two years, Jackie now works directly with lead agent Joanna Volpe and is happily building her own list.

Query Jackie at: query@newleafliterary.com
The word Query must be in the subject line, plus the agent’s name; eg: Subject: Query, Jackie Lindert. You may include up to five double-spaced pages in the body of the email. No attachments.

Jennifer Mook-Sang
Brian Henry will lead How to Get Published workshops on Saturday, Oct 15, in Burlington with literary agent Cassandra Rodgers of The Rights Factory (see here), on Saturday, Oct 22, in London with Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy agency (details here), and on Saturday,  October 29, in Caledon, at the Bolton Public Library, with Martha Web of the McDermid Agency (see here). 

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 (see here).

To register or for details, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

But the best way of getting your manuscript ready for publication, may be with a weekly writing course. This fall, Brian will offer a wide range of classes: 
“Welcome to Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons Sept 29 - Dec 8, in Oakville (see here).
“Writing Kid Lit ~ Picture Books to YA (new),Tuesday Tuesday afternoons, Sept 27 - Nov 22 (no class Oct 11), in Burlington (see here).
“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, Sept 14 - Dec 14 (no class Oct 12) , in Burlington.
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Tuesday mornings, Oct 18 – Dec 6, in Burlington. Details here.
See details of all six classes offered this fall here.

To reserve a spot or for more details, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Brian Henry also has a number of other workshops coming up soon:  Secrets of Writing a Page-turner (tips for all story writers), Saturday, Sept 10, in Guelph (see here),  Writing with Style, Saturday, Sept 24, in Toronto (see here), and How to Write Great Dialogue,Saturday, Oct 1, in Kitchener (see here).

Finally, 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).

To register of for more information for any of the above, emailbrianhenry@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, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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