Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Alisha Sevigny promoted at the Rights Factory

The Rights Factory
Box 499, Stn C
Toronto, ON M6J 3P6

(Updated Jan 27, 2010) Alisha Sevigny is a Literary Agent at the Right’s Factory in Toronto. Since becoming a full-time agent in March 2009, Alisha has signed twenty clients and is actively seeking more.

She's open to all kinds of material. “I don’t like people who say, ‘I’m only going to do this,’” she says. “I’m open. I love literary fiction, I love non-fiction. I did a lot of creative non-fiction in university, and I like women’s fiction. Basically, if the writing is good, if the story is good, it does not have to fall into any kind of specific category.”

As she is a new agent most of Alisha's clients are debut authors. They include fiction writer Susan Glickman whose first novel, The Violin Lover, won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction and was listed by The National Post as one of the best books of 2006; and non-fiction author holistic beauty guru Kristen Ma’s prescriptive non-fiction book, Beauty, Pure and Simple, as well as The Next Eco-Warriors: The 21st Century Battle to Save the Planet by Emily Hunter.

Note: Alisha Sevigny will be the guest speaker at “How to Get Published,” Saturday, May 15, in Hamilton.  For details, see here. 

Beyond being a traditional literary agency, The Rights Factory deals in intellectual property rights to entertainment products, including books, comics and graphic novels, film, television, and video games.

Sam Hiyate, the principal agent, represents about 40 clients. Margot Berwin is one author Sam represents. He sold her first novel, Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire, to Jennifer Jackson at Vintage and recently sold the film option to Julia Roberts and Columbia Pictures.

The Rights Factory’s clients also include distinguished literary authors such as David Gilmour (The Film Club and A Perfect Night to go to China, winner of the 2005 Governor General’s Literary Award in Fiction), Mariko Tamaki (Skim, nominated for the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature), Andrew Kaufman (All My Friends are Superheroes and The Waterproof Bible), Claire Letemendia (The Best of Men).

The Rights Factory also represents notable non-fiction, including Vanessa Farquharson’s Sleeping Naked is Green, Arkadi Kuhlmann & Bruce Philp’s The Orange Code - How ING Direct Succeeded by Being a Rebel with a Cause, and J.M. Kearns’s Why Mr. Right Can’t Find You and Better Love Next Time.

About the Rights Factory: http://www.therightsfactory.com/about.html
Submissions: http://www.therightsfactory.com/submissions.html

Note: For information about Brian Henry’s upcoming writing workshops and classes see here.

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