Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ayesha Pande Literary has four agents, all seeking new authors, including new literary agent Serene Hakim

Ayesha Pande Literary is a New York based boutique literary agency with four agents, all accepting new authors, and a small and eclectic roster of clients. The agency has broad-ranging interests and welcomes submissions of all kinds, except poetry, religion or inspirational books, business books, screenplays, illustrated children’s books and middle grade fiction. However they are always on the lookout for young adult fiction. They are especially passionate about discovering and nurturing talented new voices.

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Serene Hakim is the newest member of the team, and like all new agents, she needs authors. Serene. worked at Laura Gross Literary Agency in Boston before joining Ayesha Pande Literary. She has also interned at David Godine Publisher and Chase Literary Agency. Serene holds an M.A. in French to English translation from NYU and a B.A. in French and Women’s Studies from the University of Kansas

Serene is actively seeking young adult (all genres but in particular: science fiction and fantasy with a unique hook, realistic YA with diverse characters), upmarket women’s fiction, and anything that gives voice to those whose voices are underrepresented and/or marginalized. Stories dealing with the Middle East and the variety of immigrant experiences out there will definitely catch her eye. Intriguing female characters are also a huge plus.

For nonfiction, Serene is seeking humorous and fascinating memoirs and is particularly interested in LGBTQ and feminist issues

Query Serene through the query form on the Ayesha Pande website here.
To see details of what all four agents at Ayesha Pande are seeking, see here
Note: The agency is closed to new queries through the holidays. They will re-open for queries January 5, 2017. Anyway, right now between Christmas and New Year, is a  better time to plan your query campaign than to send out queries (see here).

Kelley Armstrong,
one of Brian's former students
Brian Henry will be leading How to Get Published workshops  Saturday, Jan 28, 2017, in Toronto with Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy agency (see here) and on Saturday, April 22, in Midland, again with Stacey Donaghy (see here).

Note: If you're viewing this posting after March 11, 2017, see current How to Get Published workshops here (and scroll down).

Brian will lead How to Build Your Story Saturday, Feb 4, in Mississauga (see here) and Saturday, Feb 11, in Caledon at the Bolton library (see here), Writing and Revising,   Saturday, Feb 25, in Burlington (see here) and Saturday, March 4, in London (see here), and Writing With Style, Saturday, March 11, in Georgetown (see here).

Also, he'll lead How to Write a Bestseller on Saturday, Feb 18, in Guelph, with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong (see here). 

And Brian will  be leading Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshops on Saturday, May 13, in Caledon at the Bolton Library with Yasemin U├žar, senior Editor at Kids Can Press (details to come) and on Saturday, May 27, in St. Catharines with Anne Shone, senior editor at Scholastic Books (see here). Brian will also be leading a weekly Kid Lit class, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, in Mississauga (details to come).

Note: For updated listings of Writing for Children & for Young adult workshops and for weekly Kid lit classes, see here (and scroll down).

For more information or to reserve a spot in any Saturday workshop or weekly course, email:

But to move closer to publication, your best bet may be a weekly course. Brian is offering a full slate of weekly classes starting soon (updated details of all six here): 
Exploring Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Jan 26 – March 30, Burlington Details here.
Writing Personal Stories, Tuesday mornings, Feb 9 – March 30, Oakville. Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, Jan 18 - March 22, Burlington. here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, Jan 19 – March 23, Georgetown. Updated details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, Jan 25 – March 28, Burlington. Updated details here.
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, Jan 25 – March 15, Burlington
See details of all six courses 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, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint 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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