Monday, June 8, 2015

Literary agent Rebecca Stead of new agency The Book Group seeks children's MG, YA, and adult fiction

Faye Bender, Julie Barer, Elisabeth Week, and Brettne Bloom
The Book Group
20  W. 20th Street
Suite 601 
New York, NY 10011

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Julie Barer, Faye Bender, Brettne Bloom and Elisabeth Weed are launching The Book Group, a new full-service literary agency. Barer, Bender, and Weed have each spent the past 10 years running their own agencies; Bloom joins from Kneerim, Williams & Bloom, where she spent the past 15 years (and 3 as a partner.)

Clients of The Book Group include Kristin Cashore, Liane Moriarty, Paula McLain, Elisabeth Egan, Lisa Fain, Joshua Ferris, Sarah Jio, Lily King, Celeste Ng, Allison Winn Scotch, Helen Simonson, J. Courtney Sullivan and Luisa Weiss, among many others.

Rebecca Stead
In addition, Newbery Award-winning children's author Rebecca Stead, an agency client, also joins The Book Group as a literary agent. Like all new agents, Rebecca especially needs authors. Rebecca will represent all categories of fiction, including children's, middle grade, young adult, and adult.

As it’s a new agency, we can expect to see The Book Group aggressively seeking new authors. See bios of all five agents at the agency here.

Query Rebecca, or any of the agents in the group, at:
Put the first and last name of the agent you’re querying in the subject line. Include ten sample pages pasted into the email. No attachments.

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

He’ll also lead "How to Get Published” workshops  in Mississauga on Saturday, June 20, again with Martha Magor Webb of the Anne McDermid Agency (here) and in Hamilton on Saturday, Oct 17, with Rachel Letofsky of the Cooke Agency (details to come).
For more information or to register, email:

Kelley Armstrong
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 step up your game or 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 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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