Monday, January 20, 2014

Two new Canadian literary agents (and eight others) at the Transatlantic Agency seek new authors

Transatlantic Agency 
72 Glengowan Road
Toronto, ON M4N 1G4

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At Transatlantic Agency, Amy Tompkins and Stephanie Sinclair have been promoted to associate agent and are looking for authors.  

Amy Tompkins has worked in publishing since 2002 and has been with the Transatlantic Agency since 2007. She represents both adult and children’s authors and is also the international rights agent for Orca Book Publishers Ltd. and Islandport Press. Amy was previously the contracts manager at Westwood Creative Artists, is a graduate of the Publishing Program at Ryerson University, and has an MA in English Language and Literature.

“I am an omnivorous reader with eclectic tastes,” says Amy. “On the adult side, I am interested in literary fiction, historical fiction, women’s fiction including smart romance, narrative non-fiction, and quirky or original how-to books. On the children’s side, I am interested in early readers, middle-grade, young adult, and new adult. No picture books, please.”

Submissions should include a short biography, past publishing credits, and a 20-page writing sample in Word or PDF format.

Stephanie Sinclair has been a lover of all things book related for over 30 years. She’s a graduate of the publishing program at Ryerson University, creative writing program at the Humber School for Writers, and the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. 

For many years, authors, journalists and theatre writers have benefited from Stephanie’s uniquely attuned and effective advice in her work as an award-nominated freelance editor. 

In 2012, Stephanie brought her many skills to the aid of Samantha Haywood, working as her assistant. Shortly thereafter, Stephanie began her training toward becoming an agent and in December 2013, became affiliated with Transatlantic Agency.

Under the mentorship of Samantha Haywood, Stephanie Sinclair currently is building her own client list of authors of literary fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, narrative nonfiction, investigative journalism and true crime.

Query Stephanie at:
Submissions should include a short biography, past publishing credits, and a 20-page writing sample in Word or PDF format.

Altogether, Transatlantic has ten literary agents who are accepting new clients. Besides Stephanie and Amy, your best bets are probably...

Fiona Kenshole joined Transatlantic just a year ago, but brings a lifetime of passion and experience of children's and YA books. After graduating with a Masters in English Literature from Cambridge University, she went on to spend 20 years as a senior publisher, holding key positions in the UK as Publishing Director at Oxford Univeristy Press Children's Books, as Deputy Managing Director of Hodder Children's Books, and as Editorial Director at HarperCollins. 

Her authors have won or been nominated for every major British children's literary award. Several have become million-copy bestsellers.

Fiona moved to the U.S. and spent several years creating a development slate of new projects for an animation studio. Fiona has worked with major directors and screenwriters, acquiring and adapting children's books and original scripts into movies, including the Academy nominated Coraline and Paranorman.

Query Fiona at:  
For novels, submit a query letter with the first three chapters of your book and a full synopsis plus a short biography, pasted into the body of the email NOT as an attachment.

For picture books, submit a query letter and short biography, with your full text pasted into the body of the email NOT as an attachment. If you are illustrator, you may submit one illustration in a small file. Illustrators should also include a link to your portfolio, blog, or website.

“I personally read everything that is sent and consider it carefully,” says Fiona. “So due to the volume of submissions received, replies will be sent only for submissions actively being considered.

Patricia Ocampo with author Kenneth Oppal 
and his wife Philippa Sheppard
Patricia Ocampo represents children's authors. In her first position in publishing, Patricia Ocampo divided her time between the children’s editorial departments at HarperCollins US and HarperCollins Canada, working out of the Toronto office. Since 2008, she has worked in sales, both at HarperCollins and Hachette Book Group.

Patricia is interested in children’s books only (early readers, middle-grade, young adult). Picture books will only be considered by referral from another TLA client or if you have been previously published. Absolutely no poetry or verse.

Please email complete manuscripts in PDF to:
Submissions with only a summary or sample chapters will be immediately deleted. This applies to all submissions, not just picture books. The body of your email should include a short synopsis, your current place of residence, and an indication if it is a multiple or exclusive submission. Due to the volume of submissions received, further enquiries will be sent only for submissions being actively considered. If you have not received a reply within twelve weeks, you can assume there is no further interest.

Marth Magor Webb
Brian Henry will lead a “How to Get Published” workshop in Burlington on Feb 22 with literary agent agent Martha Magor Webb (see here). 

He’ll also lead “How to Get Published” workshops in Thessalon in Algoma on March 23 (see here), in Guelph on April 12 with literary agent Samy Hiyate (for details, email, in London on April 19 with literary agent Olga Filina (see here), and in Stouffville on May 24 with literary agent Carly Watters (see here).

Also, Brian will lead a “Writing for Children & for Young Adults” workshop in Burlington on May 31 (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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