Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Two agents at D4EO Literary seek upmarket and commercial fiction, plus YA and children's lit

D4EO Literary Agency
Principal agent: Robert (Bob) Diforio 
7 Indian Valley Road

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D4EO Literary has four agents on staff, two of whom are actively looking for new authors:

Quressa Robinson recently joined D4EO as an Associate Agent, and like all new agents, she needs authors.

Formerly Quressa was an acquiring editor for St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers where she edited both fiction and nonfiction. Her acquisitions include Certain Dark Things and The Beautiful Ones – both by Silvia Moreno-Garcia; Spells of the Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey; and The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams.  Quressa is an alumnus of the University of California Santa Cruz, Columbia University’s MFA program, and House Slytherin. (There is power in the dark side.)

“My tastes are a bit eclectic,” says Quressa, “but I am most drawn to literary voices in commercial packages and wonderfully, realized characters, untold stories, immersive world building, and complex narrative approaches or plots.”

Quressa  is seeking:
Science-fiction/Fantasy (including speculative/magical realism)
Nonfiction (celebrity, pop culture, pop science)
Upmarket and Commercial Women’s Fiction
Historical Fiction
Family Sagas
Contemporary YA
Science-fiction/Fantasy Young Adult Crossover
She is particularly interested in “Own Voices” and Inclusive Narratives. Genre bending is also great; for example, an epic fantasy romance or an upmarket fantasy


Query Quressa at: quressa@d4eo.com
Include the first fifty pages of your novel or, for nonfiction, a full proposal and sample chapters as a Word attachment. If the submission is a simultaneous submission, please indicate that in your query.


Pam Howell started her literary career as an assistant to an agent in early 2012. By April Pam was promoted to Associate Agent. In her first two years as an agent, Pam brokered 24 deals, with such publishers as Knopf, Scholastic, NAL, ACE, Grand Central, and others. 

She joined D4EO in June 2014, where she continues to build her list. She has a passion for genre fiction as well as children's lit, including Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult.

Query Pam at: querypamvhv@gmail.com
Paste a 1–2 page synopsis and your first chapter into the body of the email.

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

Come the new year, Brian will offer a full slate of classes (details of all six here): 
Exploring Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Jan 26 – March 30, Burlington (Details here.)
Writing Personal Stories, Tuesday mornings, Feb 9 – March 30, Oakville. Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, Jan 18 - March 22, Burlington. Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, Jan 19 – March 23, Georgetown. Details here.
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 brianhenry@sympatico.ca

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong,
a New York Times #1 bestselling author
and one of Brian's students
Brian Henry also has a number of other great workshops coming up soon: Writing Your Life and Other Personal Stories, Saturday, Dec 3, in Oakville (see here), How to Get Published, Saturday, Jan 28, 2017, in Toronto with Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy agency (see here), and How to Write a Bestseller, Saturday, Feb 18, in Guelph, with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong (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, 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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