Monday, September 12, 2016

Eight literary agents at The Rights Factory seek all kinds of fiction and nonfiction for adults and for children ~ picture books to YA

The Film Club by David Gilmour,
represented by The Rights Factory
The Rights Factory Inc. 
PO Box 499, Station C
Toronto ON M6J 3P6

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The Rights Factory (TRF) is a young agency with a roster of eight agents, all actively seeking authors. The Rights Factory describes itself as a boutique literary agency that deals in intellectual property rights for entertainment products, including books, comics & graphic novels, film, television, and video games. TRF works directly with publishers, producers, studios, game developers and other rights-buyers in all territories, occasionally in conjunction with local representatives. 

The Rights Factory has an esteemed roster of both fiction and nonfiction writers, including David Gilmour; HannahMcKinnon; Gila Green; Jennifer Close, debut author of the must-read short story collection, Girls In White Dresses; Margot Berwin, author of Hot House Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire (optioned by Julia Roberts in conjunction with Columbia Pictures for film rights), and the paranormal romance, Aromata.

Cassandra Rodgers is an associate agent at the Rights Factory who’s actively working on building her list.  Her focus is on adult commercial and literary fiction – especially manuscripts with an emphasis on relationships and family.  Cassandra has a diverse group of clients from across North America that ranges from debut authors to celebrities.

She’s seeking literary fiction and commercial women’s fiction. With a degree in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto, she does have a weakness for historical fiction. Nonfiction is another passion – particularly politics, history, science, and finance. Memoirs that can make her laugh, cry, or inspire her are always welcome.

“I’m generally interested in a wide range of genres with a focus on the adult market,” says Cassandra.

Note: Cassandra will be the guest speaker at the How to Get Published workshop Saturday, Oct 15 in Burlington. Details here.

Query Cassandra at:
She prefers to be queried with just a good pitch, synopsis, and bio.  If she’s interested, she will generally ask for the entire manuscript.

Olga Filina is an associate agent with The Rights Factory. A graduate of Humber’s Creative Book Publishing Program, Olga spent over a decade as a sales manager and book buyer for both national and independent book store chains and two years as a literary assistant at The Cooke Agency.

While Olga will read anything that may set her book clubs on fire, she gravitates towards commercial and historical fiction, great genre fiction in the area of romance and mystery, nonfiction in the field of business, wellness, lifestyle and memoir and young adult and middle grade novels with memorable characters.

In her spare time, Olga sits on library boards, organizes literary festivals and runs more book clubs than she can count.

Query Olga at:
Or through The Rights factory submissions page here.

Sam Hiyate is the president and co-founder of The Rights Factory. Among others, Sam represents Andrew Kaufman, author of such literary works as All My Friends Are Superheroes and The Waterproof Bible; Rupinder Gill, This Hour Has 22 Minutes staff writer and author of the humorous memoir On the Outside Looking Indian; and David Gilmour, multi-award winning author of The Film Club and The Perfect Order of Things. 

Sam’s projects for the agency have been in various categories, including memoir, literary and commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction and graphic novels. He’s looking for works of all categories with distinct and compelling voices. He loves to discover and help new writers prepare their works for the market, and to help them build a career with their talent.
In particular, Sam is seeking great mysteries, crime novels and thrillers, he’s partial to funny and moving stories, and he’s always on the lookout for that perfect commercial-literary hybrid. He also wants Business Books, Commercial Upmarket Fiction, Literary Fiction, and Memoir, and Nonfiction.

Query Sam through TRF’s submissions page here.

Ali McDonald is The Rights Factory’s lead agent specializing in children’s literature. She represents a select list of authors with projects ranging from novelty, board books, picture books, early readers, chapter books, and graphic novels, to middle grade, young adult and new adult fiction and nonfiction. She enjoys working primarily with debut authors, but also has the distinguished pleasure of representing literary stars among her international clients. Ali is living the dream of having a job she loves.

Ali is seeking Action/Adventure, Biography, Contemporary Realistic Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Magic Realism, Mystery, Popular Science, Recent Historical, Romance, Science Fiction, Speculative, and Thrillers – all for children to YA. She represents Novelty Books, Board Books, Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books, Middle Grade Books, Young Adult Books, New Adult Books, and Graphic Novels.

Or through The Rights factory submissions page here.

Lydia Moëd is an associate agent with The Rights Factory. She came to Canada from the UK, where she worked as a foreign rights executive for UK publishers, including Usborne Publishing and Elwin Street Productions. At The Rights Factory, Lydia, handles foreign rights for children’s and YA books and is building her own list of authors.

In fiction, she is most interested in acquiring science fiction and fantasy, though she also enjoys magical realism, historical fiction, and stories inspired by folklore from around the world.

In nonfiction, she is interested in narrative nonfiction on a wide variety of topics, including history, popular science, biography, and memoir. She particularly welcomes queries by authors from marginalized groups.

Query Lydia through The Rights factory submissions page here.

Natalie Kimber is as associate agent based in New York City. Natalie brings her list from her self-started Sun Rae Agency. Previously, she worked with Georgetown Booklab and as an associate to Muriel Nellis at Literary and Creative Artists, Inc.

She is inspired by bringing experimental, risky, and thoughtful new literature into the world of traditional publishing.  She appreciates authors who have a vision incorporated into their writing, from exploring history untold to re-telling timeless tales with a twist, Nat looks for writers who unveil meaningful new ways to see the world and ourselves in it.  Her passion is helping authors share their vision and talent with a grateful audience, and guiding the process that manifests a vision into book form is her raison d’etre.

On the fiction side, Natalie is seeking Action/Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, and Young Adult boy books.

In nonfiction, she is looking for Cooking, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir, Pop Culture, Science, Science Fiction, Spirituality, and Sustainability.

Query Natalie at:
Or through The Rights Factory’s submissions page here

Haskell Nussbaum is a lawyer turned writer turned literary agent. He is the author of Beat That Parking Ticket and has contributed articles and stories to the National Post (Canada), Jerusalem Post, Pacific News Service and others, and he has appeared on, or been featured in, national and local news, radio and TV, including Fox and Friends, NPR, NY Post, New York Magazine, USA Today, NY1, CBS, Today in New York, and many others. 

His list is diverse, ranging from clients on the New York Times Bestseller list to debut authors.

Query Haskell at:
Or through The Rights factory submissions page here.

Harry Endrulat is an associate agent. Harry has over twenty years of experience as both an in-house and freelance editor, working for numerous publishers such as Fenn/Tundra (Random House), HarperCollins and Penguin.

In addition, he is an award-winning author whose books have been published by Kids Can Press, Key Porter Books and Pajama Press. He is also the creator and producer of It’s a Kid’s World (a television series on Rogers TV). Harry graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours English degree and Centennial College with a Book and Magazine Publishing diploma.

Harry specializes in children’s literature, including board books, picture books, books-plus, early readers, chapter books, middle grade fiction and young adult fiction. Harry also enjoys working with talented illustrators who combine their passion for art with the written word. He’s interested in Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Sports

Query Harry through The Rights Factory’s submissions page here.

Literary agent Martha Webb
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 (see here), and on Saturday,  October 29, in Caledon, at the Bolton Public Library, with Martha Web of the McDermid Agency (see here). 
Note: If you're looking at this posting after October, 2016, check out current How to Get Published workshops here (and down).

Then on Saturday, November 19, Brian will lead a Writing for Children and for Young Adults workshop in Mississauga with Anne Shone, senior editor, Scholastic Books as his guest speaker (see here). 
Note: If you're looking at this posting after Nov 19, 2016, check out current Writing for Children & for Young Adult workshops and weekly Writing Kid Lit courses here (and scroll down).

To register or for details, email:

Author Jennifer Mook-Sang will be a guest
speaker at the Writing Kid Lit course
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 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

Brian Henry also has a number of other workshops coming up soon:  Writing with Style, Saturday, Sept 24, in Toronto (see here), and How to Write Great Dialogue, Saturday, Oct 1, in Kitchener (see here).

To register of for more information for any of the above,

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.

Navigation tip: For many more literary agents seeking authors, click on the Literary Agents button at the top of the page, just below the banner. To see only Canadian agents, click on the button in the right-hand column under More Content. To see only agents representing kid’s lit, click on the Children’s/YA agents button in the list of Labels below. 

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