Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Transatlantic Literary Agency has four literary agents who are looking for clients

"Instructions for an Inexperienced Lover"
by Amanda Leduc, one of Meghan's clients
Transatlantic Literary Agency 
72 Glengowan Road
Toronto, ON M4N 1G4


Transatlantic Literary Agency has four literary agents who are looking for clients:

Meghan Macdonald lived in the UK for two years,working for literary agent David Grossman. Upon returning to Canada in 2009, Meghan began working for TLA as an administrative assistant, researcher and assistant to the agents. She has recently begun building her own list as a literary agent with TLA.

Meghan says: "I am accepting queries for adult fiction and non-fiction.
My particular interests are in literary fiction, mystery novels, historical fiction (that has been impeccably researched but is still a fictional narrative), and topical exposé non-fiction that is persuasive and/or a sustained polemic. I am also interested in scholarly non-fiction, particularly historical treatments, that are intelligent but accessible without being simplistic (examples are Augustus by John Buchan, Apocalypse by Neil Faulkner, The Sea Kingdoms by Alistair Moffat, and Sailing The Wine-Dark Sea by Thomas Cahill).

"Initial queries should be sent via email to
Include your name and the title of the manuscript in the subject line (example: Query: John Smith - My Manuscript). Please send a 1-page cover letter in the body of the email and as an attachment, and attach a 1-page synopsis and the first 30-pages of the manuscript double-spaced, or thereabouts where a natural break occurs. Make sure all your attachments are free of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. I want to see a polished excerpt or manuscript, not your first draft."

Note: Meghan will be the guest speaker at How to Get Published, Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Barrie. See here.

Samantha Haywood specialises in international publishing and has over 15 years’ experience selling primarily Canadian authors at home and abroad for volume publication and film/tv representation.  Samantha represents literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels.

She’s particularly interested in literary thrillers and upmarket mystery, historical fiction, smart contemporary fiction, upmarket woman’s fiction (but not romance), and cross-over novels (but no young adult novels unless they have adult trade potential as well.

In non-fiction, Samantha prefers narrative non-fiction, especially on culturally relevant topics; such as investigative journalism, politics, women’s issues, memoirs (must be truly original or by well-known people), environmental issues, historical narratives handled in fresh ways, sexuality, and true crime with societal implications. She’s looking for a strong narrative drive and a distinctive voice at all times.
Graphic novels may be either fiction or non-fiction. Samantha prefers full-length graphic novels but will consider story collections. She also welcomes memoir, biography, travel narrative, and other non-fiction graphica.

Query Samantha at: sam@tla1.com
Attach a writing sample (20 pages maximum), along with a publishing history and a synopsis.

Patricia Ocampo represents children's authors. In her first position in publishing, Patricia Ocampo divided her time between the children’s editorial departments at HarperCollins US and HarperCollins Canada, working out of the Toronto office. Since 2008, she has worked in sales, both at HarperCollins and Hachette Book Group. 

Patricia is interested in children’s books only (early readers, middle-grade, young adult). Picture books will only be considered by referral from another TLA client or if you have been previously published. Absolutely no poetry or verse.

Please email complete manuscripts in PDF to:
Submissions with only a summary or sample chapters will be immediately deleted. This applies to all submissions, not just picture books. The body of your email should include a short synopsis, your current place of residence, and an indication if it is a multiple or exclusive submission. Due to the volume of submissions received, further enquiries will be sent only for submissions being actively considered. If you have not received a reply within twelve weeks, you can assume there is no further interest.

Marie Campbell has worked in children’s publishing in London, UK, and in Toronto for more than 20 years. As an agent, she specializes in children’s writers, with a particular interest in middle-grade fiction. She is not actively acquiring new clients at this time but is open to concise query letters via email. No non-fiction or poetry collections.

Query Marie at:
Highlight past publishing credits and/or referral from published authors/TLA clients. Do not submit further writing samples, either by post or email, until contacted. Due to the volume of submissions received, unsolicited manuscripts will not be returned. Replies will be sent only for submissions being actively considered.

Brian Henry will be leading "Writing for Children and for Young Adults" workshops in Hamilton on February 9 (details here) and in Guelph on April 13 (details here).

Also, Brian will lead "How to Get Published” workshops on March 16 in Peterborough (details here), on March 17 in Kingston (details here) and in Barrie on May 4 (details here).  To register, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

But probably the best single step you can take toward creating a manuscript that’s ready for publication is to join one of the “Next Step” or “Intensive” creative writing courses. Spaces are still available in his Next Step course starting January 24 in Georgetown (details here). Email to inquire about Next Step and Intensive courses this spring in Mississauga, Georgetown and Burlington: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Beginners should look into Brian’s “Welcome to Creative Writing” course starting January 21 in Georgetown (details here) or the “Writing Memoirs” course starting January 29 in Burlington (details here).

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

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