Monday, October 17, 2016

Canadian literary agency the Donaghy Group now has 4 agents seeking authors, wants middle grade, young adult & new adult, sci-fi & fantasy, literary fiction, memoir & other nonfiction

Chasing Crazy by Kelly Siskind,
represented by Donaghy Literary

Donaghy Literary Group

Headquartered near Toronto, Canada

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The Donaghy Literary Group is growing! This Canadian agency has hired two more agents, both based in New York, and has promoted Valerie Noble to Senior Agent. (Congrats, Valerie!) 
The agency now has four agents open to submissions: Stacey Donaghy, Valerie Noble, Amanda Ayers Barnett, and Sue Miller.  Representing New York Times, USA Today and Amazon bestselling authors, they’re focused on commercial fiction – for adults, new adult, young adults and middle grade – and are always interested in new and upcoming talented writers. 

Note: Stacey Donaghy, founder and president of Donaghy Literary will be my guest speaker at two upcoming How to Get Published workshops: on Saturday, Oct 22, 2016, in London, (see here) and on Saturday, January 28, 2017, in Toronto (see here). ~Brian

(If you're looking at this posting after Jan 28, 2017, find updates about the Donaghy Agency and appearances by its agents here).

Amanda Ayers Barnett began her publishing career 20 years ago, fresh out of Middlebury College and Radcliffe Publishing Course. She has worn many hats: Publicity Assistant at Random House, Associate Editor at Pocket Books, Acquisitions Editor at Publishing, and freelance book editor for New York Book Editors. She’s thrilled to add Literary Agent to her titles. And like all new agents, Amanda needs authors.

Amanda is seeking Middle Grade fiction, Young Adult fiction, New Adult fiction, Women’s fiction and Mysteries and Thrillers. She enjoys coming of age stories and precocious main characters, but more than anything, she loves an intriguing and well-written story.

When she’s not working, Amanda can be found in the bleachers at one of her three sons’ numerous sporting events. 

Query Amanda at:  
In the subject line, write “Query,” followed by story title, and genre. Paste a one or two page synopsis below your query and the first ten pages of your double-spaced manuscript below that. No attachments.

Alex Franks has also joined the Donaghy agency, as a junior agent, but he’s not open to submissions at this time. Watch this space to hear when Alex does start looking for authors.

Before joining the agency, Alex worked as a bookseller and book club collector organizer at The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City and as a freelance editor for and proof reader for Europa Editions. He also worked as an editorial intern for both Europa Editions and Grove/Atlantic and has written regularly for Kirkus Reviews and Forward Reviews, primarily about independent and self-published works.  

Stacey Donaghy began her career with an agency in New York and in 2013 opened the doors to Donaghy Literary Group in Canada.

Asked what manuscripts she’d like to get right now, Stacey said, “I would love to see more diverse stories that are highly commercial.  LGBTQ stories that focus on the characters and story development and less on the 'issues' related to coming out or being out.  

“It would be exciting to receive a LGBTQ in adult or YA that is story driven, such as a romance or thriller in Adult and in YA a Mean Girls, Duff, even a thriller that highlights diversity but where the story leads the way.”

More generally, Stacey is seeking Adult, New Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade fiction. Specifically, she’s looking for:
Romantic Suspense 
LGBTQ Stories, standalone or series
Diverse books
Contemporary romance (she loves smart and edgy characters)
Romance with varying heat levels
New Adult
Middle Grade, she’s looking for quirky not cute.  
Young Adult – lower, mid and upper YA (No sci-fi/fantasy or historic)

Query Stacey at:
In the subject line, write “Query,” followed by story title, genre, and “Stacey Donaghy”
Paste a one or two page synopsis below your query and the first ten pages of your manuscript below that. No attachments.

Valerie Noble has been promoted to Senior Agent – but she’s still looking for authors! Based in the U.S., Valerie loves science fiction and fantasy (think Kristin Cashore and Suzanne Collins), but she reads everything; for her, it’s more about the writing and less about the genre.

Valerie is seeking Young Adult and New Adult in the following areas:
Science fiction
Historical fantasy
Historical fiction
Valerie is generally not interested in romance or paranormal.

Query Valerie at:
In the subject line, write “Query,” followed by story title, genre, and “Valerie Noble”
Paste a one or two page synopsis below your query and the first ten pages of your manuscript below that. No attachments. 

Sue Miller is an associate agent. She graduated with a degree in English Literature from York University in Toronto, as well as a certificate in publishing, from Ryerson University. Sue previously worked in children's publishing with Scholastic Canada.

Prior to joining DLG, Sue interned for Bree Ogden during her time at the D4EO
 agency. Sue dabbles in writing and has edited short stories for other writers. An admitted social media junkie, Sue is always interested in the latest platforms for networking and relationship building within the industry. This led her to complete her Digital Marketing Management certificate from the University of Toronto.
Sue is seeking new and exciting voices as she builds her client list, and she’s romance, young adult, new adult and adult contemporary novels. Asked what manuscripts she’d like to get right now, Sue said, “I would love to see high concept, young adult, urban fiction that deals with social justice issues that does not preach, but tells a universal human story.”

More generally, Sue is looking for:
YA – any sub genre (think Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Cynthia Hand, Stephanie Perkins, Colleen Hoover) 
Urban Fantasy (think Sandy Williams, Patricia Briggs, Karen Marie Moning)
Low Fantasy/ Low level Science Fiction/ Dystopian (think Laini Taylor, Samantha Shannon, Pierce Brown, Andy Weir)
Contemporary Romance (think Jamie McGuire, K.A. Tucker, Colleen Hoover, Jojo Moyes)

And her wish list includes:
 YA or Contemporary romance - fun and smart (not silly) and/or heart breaking, with angst, romantic, sometimes dark
YA contemporary, authentic voices representing urban life (think Treasure E. Blue), multicultural (example: Canadian/Afro-Latino etc.), social change (think Heidi Durrow, R.J. Palacio)

Query Sue at:  
In the subject line, write “Query,” followed by story title, and genre. Paste a one or two page synopsis below your query and the first ten pages of your double-spaced manuscript below that. No attachments.

Full guidelines for the Donaghy agency here.

Anne Shone, Senior Editor
Scholastic Books
Brian Henry will lead How to Get Published workshops on Saturday, Oct 22, in London with Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy agency (see here), on Saturday,  October 29, in Caledon, at the Bolton Public Library, with Martha Web of the McDermid Agency (see here), and on Saturday, Jan 28, 2017, in Toronto with Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy agency (see here). 
Note: If you're looking at this posting after January 2017, check out current How to Get Published workshops here (and scroll down).

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:

But the best way of getting your manuscript ready for publication, may be with a weekly writing course. Come the new year, a full slate of classes will be offered: (See details of all six here.)
Exploring Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Jan 26 – March 30, Burlington
Writing Personal Stories, Tuesday mornings, Feb 9 – March 30, Oakville. Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, Jan 18 - March 22, Burlington
Intermediate Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, Jan 19 – March 23, Georgetown
Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, Jan 25 – March 28, Burlington. .
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons,Jan 25 - March 15, Burlington

See details of all six courses here.
To reserve a spot, email

Brian Henry also has a number of other great workshops coming up soon: Writing and Revising, Saturday, Nov 5, in Midland (see here), How to Write Great Characters, Saturday, Nov 12, in Barrie (see here), and Writing Your Life and Other Personal Stories, Saturday, Dec 3, in Oakville (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, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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