Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Literary agents Paul Lamb & Maria Ribas at the Howard Morhaim agency seek new authors

Paul Lamb
Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
30 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Howard Morhaim established this agency in 1979. Neither he nor Kate McKean, the other established agent at this agency are accepting queries. But they’ve recently taken on two new agents, and like all new agents, they need authors:

Paul Lamb is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and was a recipient of a POSSE Scholarship. Paul joins the agency after nearly a decade in Marketing at both Penguin and Random House, with various imprints. Owing to his professional experience in trade publishing, Paul has a strong sense of publishers’ needs, and a unique insight into the representation of authors.

His tastes lie strongly with nonfiction in a wide variety of genres and subjects, notably business, political science, sociology, memoir, travel writing, sports, pop culture, and music.

Paul is also interested in crime, mystery, and literary fiction.

Query Paul at:
For fiction, include three sample chapters. For nonfiction, include a full proposal.

Maria Ribas graduated with English Honors from the University of Richmond. She began her editorial career at Atria at Simon and Schuster, then moved to Harlequin Nonfiction and Adams Media, where she was an associate editor before joining the agency. As a former editor, she has a keen sense of what editors are really looking for, and she has years of experience building relationships with authors. 

She has always specialized in practical nonfiction and has a firm grasp of how to assess an author's platform – and how to help authors build that platform. Maria's interested in cookbooks, self-help, health, diet, home, parenting, and humor, all from authors with demonstrable platforms. 

She's also interested in narrative nonfiction and select memoir, but she's looking for a story that is absolutely unputdownable.

She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and proficient in Italian and will be working with select foreign authors.

Query Maria at:
For fiction, include three sample chapters. For nonfiction, include a full proposal.

Maria Vicente of P.S. Literary Agency
Brian Henry will lead “How to Get Published” workshops in Stouffville on May 24 with literary agent Carly Watters (see here) and in Ottawa on June 22 with literary agent Maria Vicente (see here).

And Brian will lead a "Writing for Children & for Young Adults"workshop on May 31 in Burlington (see here).

But the best way to get your manuscript ready for publication is with a weekly course. In the summer, Brian will be offering “Writing your life & other personal stories” on Tuesday afternoons in Mississauga (see here), “Next Step in Creative Writing” on Wednesday evenings (see here) and Intensive Creative Writing” on Wednesday afternoons (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, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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