Friday, July 10, 2015

Literary agent Amanda O'Connor of Trident Media seeks general-interest and upmarket nonfiction, spirituality and wellness, and literary fiction

Amanda O'Connor
Trident Media Group
41 Madison Ave
Floor 36
New York, NY 10010

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Trident Media Group is one of the largest and most diversified agencies in the world. Trident represents over 1,000 authors in a range of genres of fiction and nonfiction, many of whom have appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers Lists and have won major awards and prizes. For more than six consecutive years, Publishers Market Place has ranked Trident number one for sales in North America. But Trident doesn’t just work with bestselling authors; it also takes on emerging authors.

Amanda O’Connor is the newest member of the group, and like all new agents, she’s looking for authors. Amanda’s love of books has always been at the center of her career. She has worked as a writer with a B.F.A. in poetry, a bookseller, and as an editor at several publishers including Penguin Random House, Cambridge University Press, and Love Among the Ruins. Amanda now brings that same passion to Trident as a literary agent. Here, she is able to guide her authors through every step, from the editorial board to the bookstore.

The 13th Disciple by Deepak Chopra,
one of Trident's clients
“With my background, enthusiasm, and Trident’s resources, I feel better equipped than ever to support authors as they navigate the breadth of today’s publishing opportunities.” says Amanda. “The reach of major publishing houses has never been so global and eBooks have put more stories into the hands of readers than ever before. Simultaneously, the renaissance of boutique presses has created a wealth of possibilities for writers.”  

Amanda's editorial experience at a range of publishers, from trade to academic and independent presses, has given Amanda the tools to develop authors’ careers in these exciting, diverse directions.

Amanda is continuously building her client list in general-interest and upmarket nonfiction, spirituality and wellness, and literary fiction. She looks for the “wisdom factor” across genres and disciplines, especially authors who have an expertise they are eager to share with the world.

Her favored subjects include (but are not limited to) history, religion, popular science, sociology, culinary arts, and creativity. In spirituality, Amanda’s approach is truly ecumenical, seeking leaders of all faith communities from Catholic nuns to Sikh entrepreneurs, from practical self-help to inspirational memoir. Literary fiction is a pursuit of passion. She gravitates towards works that address timeless concerns of the soul through the lens of modern life. Above all else, Amanda loves a well-crafted sentence.

Rachel Letofsky
Query Amanda through Trident’s online form here
Direct your query to Amanda O’Connor's attention. Queries should include a paragraph about yourself, a concise and thoughtful summary of the proposal, and your contact information. Please do not send a manuscript or proposal until you have been requested to do so. Full submission guidelines here.

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), "Writing Your Life" Saturday, August 15 in Midland (here), and "Writing for Children & for Young Adults," with guest speaker Yasmin Ucar, Senior Editor Kids Can Press, Saturday, Sept 12 in Toronto. (For details or to register, email:

But the best way to grow as a writer or to get your manuscript ready for publication is with a weekly class. This fall, Brian will offer a full line-up of six weekly courses for beginners through advanced. See details of all six fall courses here or individual courses…
“Exploring Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons, Sept 24 - Nov 26, in Mississauga (see here).
“Writing Personal stories,” Thurs mornings, Oct 8 - Nov 26, in Oakville (see here)
“The Next Step in Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, Sept 30 - Dec 2, in Burlington (here).
“The Next Step in Creative Writing,” Thursday evenings, Sept 24 - Dec 3, in Georgetown (here).
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Tuesday afternoons, Sept 15 - Dec 8, in Burlington (here).
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, Sept 16 - Dec 16, in Burlington  (here).
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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