Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Andrea Seto at Beverley Slopen Literary Agency is developing a client base

Andrea Seto
Beverley Slopen Literary Agency
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 Getting 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.

Recently, though, I'd heard that Beverley's editorial assistant, Andrea Seto, was developing her own client base and emailed her to ask what she's looking for. Andrea is also the managing editor of a new e-book publisher, Bev Editions, so I asked her about that too....

Update, May 29, 2012: Andrea Seto is leaving the Slopen Agency to pursue other opportunities. Good luck, Andrea!

Dear Brian,
Thank you for your email. 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.
Also, we've changed our submissions policy. We've gone paperless and no longer accept hard copy submissions. Authors should email queries to beverley@slopenagency.ca
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.

A little bit about Bev Editions:
Bev Editions publishes original e-books to introduce readers to talented authors of fiction and non-fiction. Some titles are new book-length works by published, award-winning writers. Some titles are old favorites, now out-of-print, and made available once more.

This is a challenging and exciting time in book publishing, and Bev Editions is an unabashed experiment to explore the new realm opened by e-books. Yet, there are two constants. Excellent writing is a pleasure. And, a literary culture depends on engaged readers.

You can find out more on our website: www.beveditions.com
Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Andrea Seto
Editorial Assistant

Note: I'll be leading "Writing for Children and for Young Adults" workshops in St. Catharines on January 14 (see here) and in London, Ontario, on April 21 (see here).

Also, I'll lead a "How to Get Published" workshop on Saturday, June 9, in Brampton with guest Monica Pacheco of The Anne McDermid literary agency (see here).

See my 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, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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