Thursday, July 5, 2012

Canadian agent Haskell Nussbaum at The Rights Factory, seeks literary and commercial fiction & interesting nonfiction

The Rights Factory Inc. 
PO Box 499, Station C 
Toronto ON M6J 3P6

The Rights Factory is a boutique agency that deals in intellectual property rights for entertainment products, including books, comics & graphic novels, film, television, and video games. As an international agency, we license rights in every territory. We work directly with publishers, producers, studios, game developers and other rights-buyers in all territories, occasionally in conjunction with local representatives. 

The company was founded in 2004 by principal, Sam Hiyate, and partner, Christos Grivas. Since then, several agents and associates have joined:

Associate agent
Haskell Nussbaum focuses on literary and commercial fiction and "intellectually interesting" nonfiction. Previously he was a lawyer and administrative law judge for the NYC finance department. He’s also the author of Beat That Parking Ticket and has contributed articles to the National Post, the Jerusalem Post, the Pacific News Service and others. His client list is diverse, ranging from New York Times bestsellers to debut authors.

Associate agent Ali McDonald specializes in children's literature of all kinds, ranging from novelty board books, picture books, early readers, and chapter books, to middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. She enjoys working primarily with debut authors, but also has the distinguished pleasure of co-representing big stars of Canadian literature, including Mariko Tamaki and David Glimour, in their kidlit works. Ali is open to anything, building her list on strong voices with original stories. Many readers of Quick Brown Fox will be familiar with Ali from her guest appearances at Brian Henry's workshops. 
Query Ali at:

Agent Alisha Sevigny (currently on mat leave) represents writers in all genres, across all ages. Her clients include: Karen Wheeler, author of the acclaimed travel narrative and memoir Tout Sweet and sequel Tout Allure; Kristen Ma, beauty revolutionary and author of Beauty: Pure + Simple based on her natural ingredient product line and spa services; and Emily Hunter, environmental activist, journalist and anthologist of The Next Eco-Warriors. Alisha loves discovering stories that contribute positively to our world. Her particular interests lie in lifestyle, memoir, prescriptive, pop culture and sociological literature. 

Many readers of Quick Brown Fox will be familiar with Alisha as a guest speaker at Brian Henry's workshops. Alisha is currently on maternity leave.

Associate Drea Cohane joined The Rights Factory in 2011, and has recently been promoted to Associate. With a publishing degree, and several years of writing behind her, Drea is a voracious reader of all genres. She is currently looking to add to her list of authors in memoir, crime, creative non-fiction and literary fiction. Query Drea at:

Sam Hiyate has an esteemed roster of both fiction and non-fiction writers including Jennifer Close, debut author of the must-read short story collection of the summer, Girls In White Dresses (August 2011 release); Margot Berwin, author of Hot House Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire (optioned by Julia Roberts in conjunction with Columbia Pictures for film rights), and the paranormal romance, Aromata.

Among others, Sam also represents Andrew Kaufman, author of such literary works as All My Friends Are Superheroes and The Waterproof Bible; Rupinder Gill, This Hour Has 22 Minutes staff writer and author of the humorous memoir On the Outside Looking Indian; and David Gilmour, multi-award winning author of The Film Club and upcoming The Perfect Order of Things. Sam is always on the lookout for that perfect commercial-literary hybrid and is partial to funny and moving stories.

Rights Factory contact page 
here. Submissions page here. 

Brian Henry will lead a "How to Get Published" workshop on Saturday, October 13, in Toronto with Monica Pacheco of The Anne McDermid literary agency (see 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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