Wednesday, October 5, 2016

McDermid Agency, a Canadian literary agency with 3 agents seeking authors, including young adult, sci-fi & fantasy, literary fiction, and memoir and other nonfiction

The McDermid Agency Inc.
320 Front Street West
Suite 1105
Toronto, ON M5V 3B6

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Update: The McDermid Agency has merged with The Cooke Agency to form a new agency, CookeMcDermid. See here.

And check out an interviews with CookeMcDermid agents Paige Sisley (here) and Rachel Letofsky (here).

The agency has three agents actively looking for new authors:

Martha Magor Webb is a literary agent, director and full partner at The McDermid Agency. Martha represents a growing list of writers, focusing on literary fiction, narrative nonfiction (including memoir and true crime) and ideas-driven nonfiction. 
Her clients include:
Michael Crummey (multiple award-winning author of Sweetland)
Alison Pick (long-listed for the Booker Prize)
Robyn Doolittle (Bestselling author of Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story)
Pasha Malla (long-listed for the Giller, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, winner of the Danuta Gleed and the Trillium awards)
Cathal Kelly, national sports columnist for the Globe and Mail
Russell Smith, (Giller-longlisted author of Confidence)
Jessica Grant, (winner of the First Novel and the Winterset awards for Come, Thou Tortoise)
Grace O'Connell (Knopf New Face of Fiction, 2012)
Andrew Westoll (Winner of the 2012 RBC Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction)
and Karen Le Billon, whose first book French Kids Eat Everything sold into thirteen countries and translated into ten languages.

Martha will be the guest speaker at Brian Henry's "How to Get Published" workshop, Saturday, October 29 in Caledon at the Bolton Library. Details here.

Monica Pacheco joined the agency in 2008 and represents a growing list of writers. Her clients include:
Actress/writer/director Sarah Polley (Didi and the Bean, forthcoming from HarperCollins Canada)
Yves Meynard (Chrysanthe trilogy, Tor/Macmillan 2012)
Madeline Ashby (The Machine Dynasty series, Angry Robot)
Irina Kovalyova (Specimen, forthcoming from House of Anansi spring 2015)
Sarah Henstra (Mad Miss Mimic, forthcoming from Penguin Canada summer 2015)
Janice Poon
Eli K.P. William
and Bram Stoker Award-winning horror writer David Nickle.

Monica is actively seeking clients in the areas of literary fiction, young adult (YA), science fiction and fantasy.

Chris Bucci is a literary agent, director and full partner at The McDermid Agency. He began his career at the University of Toronto Press and soon became an acquisitions editor in social sciences and cultural studies. Chris joined HarperCollins Canada in 2004 as a nonfiction editor. Moving the McClelland & Stewart in 2005, Chris helped revitalize their nonfiction program, establishing relationships with international authors, agents and publishers.

Chris represents bestselling authors such as Bob Rae, Timothy Caulfield, Susan Delacourt, Jowita Bydlowdka, James Grainger, and Kerri Sakamoto.

Chris represents both fiction and nonfiction, focusing particularly on nonfiction in the areas of popular science and technology and popular culture.

Send queries to:
Your query should include a brief description of yourself and your project, and you are welcome to include the first 5 pages of your manuscript. Please do not send any further material unless invited. And naturally, you should address your query to one agent in particular. Full submission guidelines here.

Literary agent Stacey Donaghy
Brian Henry will lead How to Get Published workshops on Saturday, Oct 15, in Burlington with literary agent Cassandra Rodgers of The Rights Factory (see here), on Saturday, Oct 22, in London with Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy agency (see here), and on Saturday,  October 29, in Caledon, at the Bolton Public Library, with Martha Web of the McDermid Agency (see here). 

Note: If you're looking at this posting after October, 2016, check out current How to Get Published workshops here (and scroll down).

Then on Saturday, November 19, Brian will lead a Writing for Children and for Young Adults workshop in Mississauga with Anne Shone, senior editor, Scholastic Books as his guest speaker (see here). 
Note: If you're looking at this posting after Nov 19, 2016, check out current Writing for Children & for Young Adult workshops and weekly Writing Kid Lit courses here (and scroll down).

To register or for details, email:

But the best way of getting your manuscript ready for publication, may be with a weekly writing course. This fall, one class still has space: 
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Tuesday mornings, Oct 18 – Dec 6, in Burlington. Details here.

Come the new year, a full slate of classes will be offered. Here’s the schedule:
Exploring Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Jan 26 – March 30, Burlington
Writing Personal Stories, Tursday mornings, Feb 9 – March 30, Oakville. Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, Jan 18 - March 22, Burlington
Intermediate Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, Jan 19 – March 23, Georgetown
Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, Jan 25 – March 28, Burlington. Details to come.
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, Jan 25 - March 15, Burlington
To reserve a spot or for more details, email

Brian Henry also has a number of other workshops coming up soon: Writing and Revising, Saturday, Nov 5, in Midland (see here), How to Write Great Characters, Saturday, Nov 12, in Barrie (see here), and Writing Your Life and Other Personal Stories, Saturday, Dec 3, in Oakville (see here).

To register of for more information for any of the above, 

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Navigation tip: For many more literary agents seeking authors, click on the Literary Agents button at the top of the page, just below the banner. To see only Canadian agents, click on the button in the right-hand column under More Content. To see only agents representing kid’s lit, click on the Children’s/YA agents button in the list of Labels below.

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