Thursday, May 14, 2015

Monica Odom joins Bradford Literary Agency, seeks nonfiction and fiction

Monica Odom
Bradford Literary Agency
5694 Mission Center Rd. #347
San Diego, CA 92108

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Monica Odom recently joined Bradford Literary Agency and is actively looking for authors. Prior to joining Bradford, she worked for five years managing finance, subrights and social media at Liza Dawson Associates, and became an associate agent there in 2013. 

Monica earned her Masters in Publishing: Digital & Print Media from New York University in 2014, and has a B.A. in English from Montclair State University.

Monica is seeking: Nonfiction by authors with demonstrable platforms in the areas of: pop culture, illustrated/graphic design, food and cooking, humor, history and social issues. She is also looking for narrative nonfiction in these areas, and some memoir. She loves to see a personal project turn into something original and surprising.

Fiction in the areas of: literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, compelling speculative fiction and magic realism, historical fiction, alternative histories, dark and edgy fiction, literary psychological thrillers, and illustrated/picture books.

Literary agent Martha Magor Webb will
be the guest speaker at "How to Get Published"
workshops Sunday, May 31 in Windsor (see here)
and Saturday, June 20 in Mississauga (see here).
Monica is most actively seeking adult projects, but is open to all levels of children’s projects and holds the same criteria no matter the age group: original storytelling, incredible voice, compelling characters, and vivid, detailed setting. She also likes to see a strong sense of narrative tension.

Monica is serious about the fact that we need diverse books and is looking for authentic representation of all characters, diverse or otherwise. She enjoys working closely with her clients on the editorial and developmental level to fine-tune manuscripts and proposals, and loves the process of managing a writer or artist’s career.

Some things Monica is especially interested in right now:
– Bold, fresh, fun, fearless female voices (one or all of these qualities)
– Unreliable narrators
– 1990’s nostalgia (culture and/or setting)
– Clever juxtaposition of high-brow and low-brow culture
– Stories and projects about families, siblings, coming-of-age, race, feminism, socioeconomics and inequality, memory, language, domestic themes, and environmental change
– Character or characters traveling, on the road, nomads with or without a destination
– A subtle but effective debunking of stereotypes and convention.

Query Monica at:
The subject line must begin as follows: QUERY: (The title of the manuscript and any short message you would like the agency to see should follow)
For fiction, include your first chapter and a synopsis.
For nonfiction, include a full proposal, including the first chapter. For the agency’s preferences for a nonfiction proposal, see here.

Kelley Armstrong
Brian Henry will lead "How to Get Published" workshops workshops in Windsor (for my American readers, that's just across the river from Detroit), on Sunday, May 31, with Martha Magor Webb of the Anne McDermid Agency (see here) and in Mississauga on Saturday, June 20, again with Martha Magor Webb (here).

Brian will also lead “How to Write a Bestseller,” with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, Saturday, June 13, in Toronto (here).

For more information or to register, email:

Other upcoming workshops, include“Secrets of Writing a Page-turner,” Saturday, May 23, in Barrie (see here) and Saturday, June 6, in Georgetown (here), “How to Build Your Story,” Saturday, May 30 in Guelph (here), and "How to Write Great Characters," Saturday, July 11 in Burlington (here) and Saturday, July 18 in Kitchener (here).
This summer, Brian will lead a "Welcome to Creative Writing" course on Thursday evenings and two "Intensive Creative Writing" courses, one on Tuesday afternoons, the other on Thursday afternoons, all in Burlington. Details here

For more information or to reserve a spot, email:
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

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

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