Thursday, October 14, 2010

Beverley Slopen Literary Agency

Beverley Slopen with her e-reader
Article here.
131 Bloor St. W., Suite 711,
Toronto, ON  M5S 1S3 

Beverley Slopen represents a list of internationally published and acclaimed authors in fields ranging from literary and commercial fiction to history, narrative non-fiction, anthropology and biography.  Beverley also handles some true crime and self-help.

Some readers will have met Beverley at the "Strategies for Gettting Published" seminar I hosted at Ryerson University in 2006 when she was on a panel with Ellen Seligman of McClelland & Stewart and Joy Gugeler of ECW Press.

Like most Canadian agents, Beverley doesn't take on many new authors. "Our clients usually come to us by referral or we approach them," says Beverly. "Occasionally, we do respond to very short email queries (to, , but we don't open attachments or long electronic files.

"We don't handle poetry, and almost no works in the categories of fantasy, horror, romance or illustrated books."

Update, Nov 17, 2011:
Editorial Assistant, Andrea Seto, building a client list

Dear Brian,
I am working on building my own client base, but I'm still relatively new at this game and haven't developed much of a list yet.

I'm hoping to develop a Children's/YA list, which the Slopen Agency has not focused on in the past, but I look at submissions for all types of genres both fiction and non-fiction, for all ages.

We're not really taking on any new clients at the moment as we're quite busy with our existing list of authors, I would suggest to your readers to wait until the new year before submitting queries.

We've also changed our submissions policy. We've gone paperless and no longer accept hard copy submissions. Authors should email queries (for either me or Beverley) to

Include a bio, brief synopsis and a few sample pages of writing. If we want to see more we will contact the writer by phone or email.

Andrea Seto
Editorial Assistant
Beverley Slopen Literary Agency

Brian Henry will be leading a "How to Get Published" workshop on Saturday, December 3, 2011, in Oakville with guest Ali McDonald of The Rights Factory literary agency (see here).

Also, Brian will lead a "Writing for Children and for Young Adults" workshop in St. Catharines on January 14, 2012 (see here).

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, OrangevilleGravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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