Monday, January 6, 2014

Three Canadian literary agents at Anne McDermid Associates seek new authors

Vincent Lam is one of many celebrated authors
represented by the Anne McDermid Agency
Anne McDermid & Associates
63 Bloom Avenue
Toronto, ON  M6E 1S1

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Anne McDermid founded this agency in Toronto in January 1996. She had previously been a senior partner in the distinguished British agency Curtis Brown for several years.
The McDermid agency represents literary novelists and commercial novelists of high quality and writers of nonfiction in the areas of memoir, biography, history, literary travel, narrative science, investigative journalism, popular culture and lifestyle

The agency also represents a certain number of children's and young adult (YA) writers and writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy.

The McDermid agency's clients include distinguished literary authors such as Michael Crummey, Greg Hollingshead, Andrew Pyper, Nino Ricci, David Adams Richards and Michael Winter.

The agency also represents writers of narrative nonfiction, such as Charles Montgomery and James MacKinnon, both of whom won the Charles Taylor prize for literary nonfiction in their years of publication.

If you are interested in submitting your work McDermid & Associates, please e-mail your query to:
Your query should include a brief description of yourself and your project, and you are welcome to include the first 5 pages of your manuscript. Please do not send any further material unless invited. And naturally, you should address your query to one agent in particular.

The agency has three agents currently looking for new authors:

Martha Magor Webb is a literary agent, director and full partner at Anne McDermid and Associates. Martha represents a growing list of writers, focusing on literary fiction, narrative nonfiction (including memoir and true crime) and ideas-driven nonfiction. 

Her clients include:
Pasha Malla (long-listed for the Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, winner of the Danuta Gleed and the Trillium awards)
Damian Tarnopolsky (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the award)
Russell Smith
Jessica Grant, (winner of the First Novel and the Winterset awards)
Grace O'Connell, 
Matt Lennox
Andrew Westoll
and Karen Le Billon, whose first book French Kids Eat Everything sold into thirteen countries and translated into ten languages.

Martha will be the guest speaker at Brian Henry's "How to Get Published" workshop, Saturday, February 22, in Burlington. Details here.

Chris Bucci represents both fiction and nonfiction, focusing particularly on nonfiction in the areas of popular science and technology and popular culture.

Monica Pacheco  represents a growing list of writers. Her clients include:

Actress/writer/director Sarah Polley (Didi and the Bean, forthcoming from HarperCollins Canada)
Yves Meynard (Chrysanthe trilogy, Tor/Macmillan 2012)
Madeline Ashby (The Machine Dynasty series, Angry Robot)
Marty Chan (The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles, Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
Irina Kovalyova (Specimen, forthcoming from House of Anansi spring 2015)
Sarah Henstra (Mad Miss Mimic, forthcoming from Penguin Canada summer 2015)
and Bram Stoker Award-winning horror writer David Nickle.

Monica is actively seeking clients in the areas of literary and commercial fiction, young adult (YA), fantasy and science fiction.

Monica tweets at @monicapacheco  

Literary agent Olga Filina
of The Rights Factory will 
be our guest speaker at the
"How to Get Published"
workshop, Saturday, April 19,
in London. Details 
Brian Henry will lead a “How to Get Published” workshop with guest speaker Martha Magor Webb of the Anne McDermid literary agency in Burlington on Feb 22 (see here). He’ll also lead “How to Get Published" workshops in Thessalon in Algoma on March 23 (see here) and in London on April 19 (see here).

Also, Brian will lead a “Writing for Children & for Young Adults” workshop in Caledon at the Bolton Library on Jan 18 (see here).

Brian also has a number of weekly courses coming up in January. You can scroll through the details for all of them here

He'll lead a “Writing your life & other true stories” on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (see here) and a “Welcome to Creative Writing” course on Tuesday evenings in Burlington (here).

Brian will lead Next Step courses on Tuesday mornings in Burlington (see here), Thursday afternoons in Mississauga (here) and Thursday evenings in Georgetown (here); and he'll lead “Intensive” courses for more experienced writers on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington (here) and Wednesday evenings in Mississauga (see here).

To register or for more details of any course or workshop, email

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Algoma, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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