Monday, June 22, 2015

Jennifer Chen Tran joins Fuse Literary Agency; seeks new authors of fiction and nonfiction

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Jennifer Chen Tran is a new Associate Agent at Fuse Literary (formerly known as Foreword Literary), and like all new agents, Jennifer needs authors. She is acquiring both fiction and non-fiction.

Jennifer is a lifelong reader, New York native, and experienced member of the publishing industry. Prior to joining Fuse Literary, Jennifer was principal and owner of Penumbra Literary LLC, and served as Of Counsel at The New Press. She has also interned at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth literary agency, was an editorial and publicity intern at Hunger House Publishers (since acquired by Turner Publishing), and editorial intern at Terrain Magazine.

For fiction, Jennifer is seeking literary fiction, commercial fiction, women’s fiction, upmarket fiction, contemporary romance, mature Young Adult, New Adult, suspense/ thriller and select graphic novels (both adult, YA or MG). 

broken homes & gardens, a novel
by Rebecca Kelley, one of Jennifer's clients
She is particularly interested in voices from underrepresented and marginalized communities, strong and conflicted female characters, war and post-war fiction, and writers who are adept at creating a developed sense of place. She admires writers who have an ear for dialogue and who are not afraid to take emotional risks. Currently Jennifer does not acquire science fiction or fantasy.

For nonfiction, Jennifer acquires memoir, narrative non-fiction in the areas of adventure, biography, business, current affairs, medical, history, how-to, pop-culture, psychology, social entrepreneurism, social justice, travel, and lifestyle books (home, design, fashion, food). She believes in creating books that will have a positive impact on the world, and that inform and entertain.

Some of Jennifer’s favorite reads include: The Unwanted by Kien Nguyen, Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, and Word Freak by Stefan Fastis.

Check out Jennifer’s website here.  See her submission guidelines here.

Query Jennifer at:  
For fiction, send the first twenty pages (copy and pasted into e-mail, no attachments). For nonfiction, submit your full proposal.

Rachel Letofsky
Brian Henry will lead a "How to Get Published" workshops  in St. John, NB, on Saturday, Oct 3, (details here), and in Hamilton on Saturday, Oct 17, with Rachel Letofsky of the Cooke Agency (here). 
For more information or to register, email:

Other upcoming workshops, include "How to Write Great Characters," Saturday, July 11 in Burlington (here) and Saturday, July 18 in Kitchener (here), and "Writing Your Life," Saturday, August 15 in Midland (here).

But the best way to grow as a writers or to get your manuscript ready for publication is with a weekly class. This summer, Brian will lead a "Welcome to Creative Writing" course on Thursday evenings, starting July 2, in Burlington (see here) and "Intensive Creative Writing" on Tuesday afternoons, starting June 30, also in Burlington (see here).

Then in the fall, Brian will offer a full line-up of six weekly courses for beginners through advanced:
“Exploring Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons, Sept 24 - Nov 26, in Mississauga.
“Writing Personal stories,” Thurs mornings, Oct 8 - Nov 26, in Oakville.
“The Next Step in Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, Sept 30 - Dec 2, in Burlington.
“The Next Step in Creative Writing,” Thursday evenings, Sept 24 - Dec 3, in Georgetown
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Tuesday afternoons, Sept 15 - Dec 8, in Burlington.
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, Sept 16 - Dec 16, in Burlington.
For details 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 Algonquin Park, Barrie, Brampton, 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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