Monday, July 17, 2017

Two new agents at Canadian literary agency The Rights Factory; Eight agents altogether seeking all kinds of fiction and nonfiction for adults and for children, picture books to YA to new adult

Time After Time by Hannah McKinnon,
represented by The Rights Factory
The Rights Factory Inc. 
PO Box 499, Station C
Toronto ON M6J 3P6

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The Rights Factory (TRF) has a roster of eleven agents, eight of them seeking authors. “Whether you are a debut author just finishing your first novel, an expert, teacher or journalist working on a narrative nonfiction or prescriptive work, someone with a memoir or great life story to tell, or a graphic novelist, we’re interested in hearing from you,” says Sam Hiyate, president of TRF. “Every agent at TRF is looking for work they can get excited about, in every genre and category. If you’re in the market, we encourage you to look at the agents here and see if one of them seems like the perfect business partner for you.”

The newest members of the team are Lindsay Leggett and Anna Trader, and like all new agents, they need authors:

Lindsay Leggett is an associate agent at The Rights Factory. She grew up in the frozen wilds of Northern Ontario and turned a love of reading and writing into a passion for editing. After working for a variety of authors and publishers, she found a home at The Rights Factory.
Lindsay is focused on Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Children’s books with unique, engaging, and diverse world’s and unforgettable characters. She’s particularily interested in: magical realism, fantasy, science fiction, LGBTTQIA+, #ownvoices
Query Lindsay through The Rights Factory contact page here.

Anna Trader is an associate agent at The Rights Factory. In her previous career, Anna worked at the New York office of Consumer Reports Magazine. While working full time, she earned an MBA in Human Resources at Iona College, and years later left the big city to work with attorneys and court reporters as a general manager for a national court reporting company in West Palm Beach. 
Each of her jobs in her varied career has opened her to the variety of life’s experiences and allowed her to find new and interesting ways to improve her business knowledge, experience, technology, creativity, and editing skills, all to the benefit of her clients.
Anna’s love for literature has sustained her spirit throughout her life.   She is certainly reading a book (or two) when she isn’t with her young daughter. Like her life, she has an eclectic approach to literature, moving easily between general fiction, historical fiction and nonfiction, including health, mind & body and children’s books.  Recently, to sharpen her publishing skills, she completed her graduate certificate in publishing at Centennial College in Toronto and began working with The Rights Factory, first as an intern, then as an Agency Assistant. She is now working on building her own client list.
 In fiction, Anna is seeking Commercial Fiction, General Fiction, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade, Thrillers, and Women’s Fiction.
In nonfiction, she’s looking for Food and Drink, Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle, and Memoir,
Query Anna through The Rights Factory contact page here.

Other agents at The Rights Factory seeking authors:

Sam Hiyate is the president and co-founder of The Rights Factory.  Among others, Sam represents Andrew Kaufman, author of such literary works as All My Friends Are Superheroes and The Waterproof Bible; Rupinder Gill, This Hour Has 22 Minutes staff writer and author of the humorous memoir On the Outside Looking Indian; and David Gilmour, multi-award winning author of The Film Club and The Perfect Order of Things. 
Sam’s projects for the agency have been in various categories, including memoir, literary and commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction and graphic novels. He’s looking for works of all categories with distinct and compelling voices. He loves to discover and help new writers prepare their works for the market, and to help them build a career with their talent.
In particular, Sam is seeking Commercial Upmarket Fiction, Literary Fiction, Memoir, Business Books, and Nonfiction.
Query Sam through TRF’s submissions page here.

Ali McDonald is The Rights Factory’s lead agent specializing in children’s literature. She represents a select list of authors with projects ranging from novelty, board books, picture books, early readers, chapter books, and graphic novels, to middle grade, young adult and new adult fiction and nonfiction. She enjoys working primarily with debut authors, but also has the distinguished pleasure of representing literary stars among her international clients.
Ali is seeking Action/Adventure, Biography, Contemporary Realistic Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Magic Realism, Mystery, Popular Science, Recent Historical, Romance, Science Fiction, Speculative, and Thrillers – all for children to YA.

Query Ali through The Rights factory submissions page here.

Olga Filina is an associate agent with The Rights Factory. A graduate of Humber’s Creative Book Publishing Program, Olga spent over a decade as a sales manager and book buyer for both national and independent book store chains and two years as a literary assistant at The Cooke Agency.
While Olga will read anything that may set her book clubs on fire, she gravitates towards commercial and historical fiction, great genre fiction in the area of romance and mystery, nonfiction in the field of business, wellness, lifestyle and memoir, and young adult and middle grade novels with memorable characters.
In nonfiction, Olga is seeking Business, Lifestyle and Memoir.
 In her spare time, Olga sits on library boards, organizes literary festivals and runs more book clubs than she can count.
Query Olga through The Rights factory submissions page here.

Cassandra Rodgers has recently been promoted to full agent at the Rights Factory. (Congratulations, Cassie!) Cassandra has a diverse group of clients from across North America that ranges from debut authors to celebrities. 
(Many readers of Quick Brown Fox will know one of Cassie’s authors, Hannah McKinnon, from attending my classes with her and more recently from her being a guest speaker at workshops with me. Hannah is the author of Time After Time and the upcoming novels The Neighbours and of a so-far untitled third novel.)
Cassandra is actively building her list and is seeking literary fiction and commercial women’s fiction. With a degree in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto, she does have a weakness for historical fiction. 
Nonfiction is another passion – particularly politics, history, science, and finance. Memoirs that can make her laugh, cry, or inspire her are always welcome.
“I’m generally interested in a wide range of genres with a focus on the adult market,” says Cassandra.
Query Cassandra through The Rights Factory contact page here.

Natalie Kimber is as associate agent based in New York City. Natalie brings her list from her self-started Sun Rae Agency. Previously, she worked with Georgetown Booklab and as an associate to Muriel Nellis at Literary and Creative Artists, Inc.
She is inspired by bringing experimental, risky, and thoughtful new literature into the world of traditional publishing.  She appreciates authors who have a vision incorporated into their writing, from exploring history untold to re-telling timeless tales with a twist, Nat looks for writers who unveil meaningful new ways to see the world and ourselves in it.  Her passion is helping authors share their vision and talent with a grateful audience, and guiding the process that manifests a vision into book form is her raison d’etre.
On the fiction side, Natalie is seeking Action/Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction and Young Adult boy books.
In nonfiction, she is looking for Cooking, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir, Pop Culture, Science, Spirituality, and Sustainability.
Query Natalie through The Rights Factory’s submissions page here

Haskell Nussbaum is a lawyer turned writer turned (associate) literary agent. He is the author of Beat That Parking Ticket and has contributed articles and stories to the National Post (Canada) Jerusalem Post, Pacific News Service and others, and he has appeared on, or been featured in, national and local news, radio and TV, including Fox and Friends, NPR, NY Post, New York Magazine, USA Today, NY1, CBS, Today in New York, and many others. 
His list is diverse, ranging from clients on the New York Times Bestseller list to debut authors. (Many readers of Quick Brown Fox will have read pieces on QBF by one of Haskell’s authors: Gila Green, author of King of the Class and the upcoming No Way Home.)
Query Haskell through The Rights factory submissions page here.

Literary agent Monica Pacheco,
guest speaker for Writing for Children
& Young Adults, on Aug 12 (see here)
Brian Henry will lead a You can write great dialogue, workshop on Saturday, July 22, in London (see here), and a Writing Your Life and Other True Stories workshop on Saturday, Aug 19 in Brampton (see here)

Also, Brian will lead a Writing for Children & for Young Adult workshop on Saturday, August 12, in Collingwood with literary agent Monica Pacheco (see here). 
In the fall, Brian will lead a weekly Writing Kid Lit class, Thursday mornings, Oct 5 – Nov 30, in Oakville, with guest authors Sylvia McNicoll and Jennifer Mook-Sang (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).

Join us for a Fall Colours Writing Retreat, at the wonderful Arowhon Pines Resort in Algonquin Park, Friday, Sept 15 – Sunday, Sept 17 (see here).

Also, in the fall, Brian will lead a full range of courses, introductory to advanced, including (for the first time) a weekly creative writing course in Toronto: 
Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Sept 28 – Nov 30, in Burlington. See here.
Writing Personal Stories, Wednesday evenings, Sept 27 – Nov 15, in Burlington. See here.
Writing Kid Lit, Thursday mornings, Oct 5 – Nov 30, in Oakville, with guest authors Sylvia McNicoll and Jennifer Mook-Sang. See here.
Next Step in Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons Sept 26 – Nov 28, in Burlington. See here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Monday mornings, Sept 25 – Dec 4, in Toronto. See here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, Sept 28 – Nov 30 in Georgetown. See here.
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, Sept 20 – Dec 6, in Burlington
See details of all seven courses offered in the fall here.

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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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