Wednesday, May 3, 2017

New literary agent Gabrielle Piraino at DeFiore and Company seeks sci-fi/fantasy, horror, thrillers and upmarket Chick Lit for adults or YA, plus Children's Lit

Us Conductors by Sean Michaels,
winner of the Giller Prize,
represented by DeFiore and Company
DeFiore and Company
47 East 19th Street
3rd Floor
New York, NY 1000

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Gabrielle Piraino is the newest member of the team at DeFiore and like all new agents, she needs authors. Gabrielle is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a dual B.A. in Honors Classical Languages and English. After graduation, Gabbie earned her Masters of Science in Publishing at Pace University. She has previously worked for both major commercial publishing houses and literary agencies alike, including Farrar, Straus & Giroux and most recently at AGI Vigliano. Gabbie joined the team at DeFiore and Company in the summer of 2016.

Gabrielle "Gabbie" Piraino
Gabbie is actively seeking projects that you can lose an entire afternoon reading: imaginative sci-fi/fantasy with strong world building, blood-curdling horror, whip-smart thrillers, and up-market chick lit that pairs well with sand and a margarita. She’d love to see any of the above for Young Adult readers (virgin daiquiri, though!), and wholeheartedly enjoys spunky, stubborn characters that never do exactly what you’d expect.

For Children’s and Middle Grade, Gabbie is looking for books that introduce curious young readers to new concepts—be it historically leaning or learning your manners—with compelling characters and an engaging voice. She’s also interested in author-illustrators working within the comic/graphic novel space and can’t wait to develop the next generation’s favorite villains. An avid personal baker/cook, Gabbie would also love to receive queries for cookbook and crafty lifestyle projects.

Query Gabrielle at 
Put “QUERY” in the subject line. Include:
A brief description of your book,
A brief, relevant bio
For fiction, please include the first 50 pages in the body of your email
For illustrators, please include your website or online portfolio
No attachments, please

Submissions page here

Speechless by Jennifer Mook-Sang,
who will be one of our guest speakers
at Writing for Children & Young Adults
in Caledon (see here)
Brian Henry will lead Writing for Children & for Young Adult workshops on Saturday, May 13, in Caledon at the Bolton Library with Yasemin U├žar, senior Editor at Kids Can Press and author Jennifer Mook-Sang (see here), on Saturday, May 27, in St. Catharines with Anne Shone, senior editor at Scholastic Books (see here), and on Saturday, July 29, in Collingwood with literary agent Monica Pacheco (see here). 
Note: For updated listings of Writing for Children & for Young adult workshops and for weekly Kid lit classes, see here (and scroll down).

And don't miss the June in Algonquin Writing Retreat,  Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4 (or extend your retreat to Monday, June 5) at Arowhon Pines Resort. Details here.

Other upcoming workshops include: “You can write great dialogue,” Saturday, June 10 in Guelph, with author Hannah McKinnon, (see here), Saturday, July 15, in Mississuaga, Saturday, July 22, in London (see here), and “How to Write Great Characters,” Saturday, June 17 in Burlington (see here).

Time After Time by Hannah McKinnon,
who will be our guest speaker at "You can
write great characters," in Guelph (see here). 
This summer Brian will be leading three creative writing courses, introductory to advanced:
Exploring Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, July 4 – August 22, in Burlington
Next Step in Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, July 5 – August 23, in Burlington
Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, July 5 – August 23, in Burlington
      Details of all three courses  here.  

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

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.

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