Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Literary agent Margaret Bail seeks romance, science fiction, mystery, thrillers, historical fiction & fantasy, plus memoir, cookbooks & true crime

Inklings Literary Agency
3419 Virginia Beach Blvd. #C-12
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Margaret Bail has jumped from the Andrea Hurst Agency to Inklings. Margaret has a BA in English and an MFA in Creative and Professional Writing. With years of experience editing everything from medical documents to manuscripts, as well as teaching university-level English and writing, she looks forward to working closely with new and established authors to help develop their voice and craft.

Her lifelong love of stories and storytelling has her looking for books that transport her into the heart of the story, so much so that she’ll forget where she is and lose track of time while she reads.

Margaret is looking for books for adults (and only books for adults, no YA, middle grade or picture books).

In fiction she’s looking for:
  • Romance – all subgenres except Christian or inspirational. (I love the romance genre, so send your stories my way!)
  • Science fiction (preferably soft SF rather than hard SF, including dystopian and post-apocalyptic)
  • Mystery
  • Thrillers/action adventure
  • Historical fiction
  • Westerns
  • Fantasy (Not a big fan of classic 'sword and sorcery' or anything with unpronounceable names)
Fiction genres I am NOT interested in: steampunk, Christian/religious literature, chick lit, women's fiction, literary, poetry, screenplays.

In nonfiction:
  • Memoir with an interesting or unique hook
  • Cookbooks with a strong platform
  • True crime
Query Margaret at:
In the subject line, type: Query Margaret plus the TITLE of your novel
In your query include:
- The title, genre, and word count of your project
- A brief blurb about the story
- A brief bio including any publishing credits
- The first 10 pages of your manuscript
- A brief synopsis (1-2 pages)

Paste everything into the body of the email. No attachments.
Full submission guidelines here.

Brian Henry will lead a “How to Get Published” workshop with guest speaker Carly Watters of P.S. Literary agency in Georgetown on October 5. For more details or to register, email

Brian will also be leading “How to Build Your Story” workshops in Kingston on July 20 (here), in Peterborough on July 21 (here), in Woodstock on July 27 (here), in Barrie on Sept 21 (here), and in Sudbury on Sept 22 (here).  To register, email

But before you submit, the best way to get your manuscript into shape is with a weekly course. This summer, Brian will be leading an "Exploring Creative Writing" course on Thursday afternoons in Burlington (see here).  

In September, he’ll be leading "Next Step" courses on Thursday afternoons in Mississauga (see here) and Thursday evenings in Georgetown (here) and "Intensive" courses on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington (here) and Wednesday evenings in Mississauga (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, Bracebridge, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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