Friday, August 23, 2013

Sharon Pelletier & Rachel Stout of Dystel & Goderich literary agency seek new authors

Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
One Union Square West
Suite 904
New York, NY 10003

Sharon Pelletier is the newest member of the team Dystel & Goderich, and like all new agents, she needs authors.
Sharon worked for Europa Editions, Vantage Press, and Barnes & Noble. She graduated with English and History majors from Hillsdale College in Michigan in 2006 and moved to New York in 2009 to work with books.
Sharon is looking for witty literary fiction and smart commercial fiction featuring female characters who are strong but not necessarily quirky. She also wants compelling narrative nonfiction that tells a little-known story.
Query Sharon at

Rachel Stout joined Dystel & Goderich after graduating with a degree in English from Fordham University and working as an intern at LJK Literary Management. Rachel is interested in literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and believable thought-provoking YA, as well as magical realism.
Query Rachel at

Submissions: No attachments. Query only one agent at Dystel & Goderich at a time. Include a cover letter, an outline or brief synopsis of the work, and a sample chapter. We will respond to most query letters within six to eight weeks. If you don’t hear from us within that time frame, chances are we did not receive yours. Feel free to resend it.”
For a complete list of agents at Dystel & Goderich and what they’re looking for, see here.
See their submissions page 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 (see here), and will lead a “Writing for Children & for Young Adults” workshop in Mississauga on Sat, Oct 26. (see here.) 
To register, email

Brian will also lead “How to Write Great Dialogue"workshops in Burlington on Sept 7 (see here) and in Toronto on Sept 28 (see here). And he’ll be leading “How to Build Your Story” workshops in Barrie on Sept 21 (here), in Sudbury on Sept 22 (here) and in Ottawa on Nov 17 (here).  To register, email

But before you submit, the best way to get your manuscript into shape is with a weekly course. In September, Brian will be leading “Welcome to Creative Writing” on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (see here); “Writing your life & other true stories” on Tuesday evenings in Burlington (here); "Next Step" courses on Thursday afternoons in Mississauga (here) and Thursday evenings in Georgetown (here) and “Intensive” courses on 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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