Friday, April 19, 2013

Literary agent Rachel Hecht of Foundry Literary + Media seeks children’s authors and select books for adults

Foundry Literary + Media
33 W 17th St
# 11 
New York, NY 10011

Foundry describes itself as: “a a full-service literary agency and media development company dedicated to providing the most positive and profitable publishing experience for our clients, from the American book market to foreign publishing, film and TV, merchandise, online media and beyond. Rooted in the tradition of representing writers and other talent in the book trade, the Foundry team is relentless in finding new and diverse ways for our clients to reach wider audiences.
Rachel Hecht is Foundry’s newest literary agent and the one most in need of new authors. In addition to developing her own list of authors, Rachel serves as Foundry’s Foreign Rights Director for Children’s Books.

Rachel is seeking children’s projects of all stripes, from picture books through to young adult fiction, as well as select fiction and nonfiction projects for adults that are wonderfully written and completely absorbing. Drawing on her experience at the forefront of children’s scouting, she loves the thrill of the hunt for new talent and enjoys working closely with authors to develop and refine their projects for submission.
Before joining Foundry in 2011, Rachel served as the children’s book scout for Mary Anne Thompson Associates, where she provided exclusive insight into the US publishing world for a diverse roster of foreign publishers. A graduate of Kenyon College with a degree in English, she began her career in New York at Condé Nast before moving into book publishing.
Query Rachel at
Delirium by Lauren Oliver,
one of Foundry's clients
For fiction, please include a synopsis, the first three chapters of your manuscript and an author bio with your query letter.  For nonfiction, please include sample chapters, a table of contents and an author bio. See Foundry’s submissions page here.

Brian Henry will lead a "Writing for Children and for Young Adults" workshop in Guelph on April 13 (see here). To register, mail

Also, Brian will lead "How to Get Published” workshop on Saturday, May 4, in Barrie, with guest literary agent Olga Filina of The Rights Factory (see here) and “From the Horse’s Mouth: Getting published or self-published at Ryerson University on June 15 with Stacey Donaghy of the Corvisiero Literary Agency, Greg Ioannou of Iguana Books, and Patrick Crean of HarperCollins Canada (details here). 
To register, mail

However, before you submit, though, the best way to get your manuscript into shape is with a weekly course. This summer, Brian will be leading Intensive Creative Writing courses on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (details here) and on Thursday evenings in Mississauga (details here). 
To register, email

This spring, Brian still has space in his “Welcome to Creative Writing” on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington, starting April 23 (see here). 
To register, email

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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