Friday, January 25, 2019

Carolyn Forde joins Transatlantic, seeks literary & commercial fiction; Fiona Kenshole seeks picture books, middle grade and YA, plus 5 more agents at Transatlantic looking for authors

Her Secret Son by Hannah Mary McKinnon
represented by Carolyn Forde
Transatlantic Agency
2 Bloor Street East
Suite 3500
Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

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Transatlantic Agency is a full-service literary agency, with 16 agents located across North America, with U.S. agents in New York, Boston, and Portland, Oregon, and Canadian agents in Toronto, Vancouver and Nova Scotia. Transatlantic has recently gained and lost an agent. And Fiona Kenshole is temporarily open to queries.
Transatlantic partner and senior agent Marie Campbell is retiring but will remain on as an advisor to the agency. A former editor, in-house rights manager, and instructor at Ryerson University's Publishing Program, she has worked in publishing for over 30 years. She’ll be missed. 
Meanwhile, Carolyn Forde has moved over to Transatlantic as senior agent. She was previously literary agent and director of international rights at Westwood Creative Artists for 14 years, and brings many of her clients with her, including Hannah Mary McKinnon, who many Quick Brown Fox readers will know as a fellow participant in Brian’s writing classes and, more recently, as a guest speaker at workshops.
Carolyn has a B.A. Hons in English Literature and History from Trent University (year abroad at Liverpool Hope University), earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Publishing Sciences from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, and completed the Simon Fraser University Publishing Intensive course in Vancouver. She has lived and worked in Japan, Mexico and the Czech Republic and is a dual citizen of Canada and the UK.
Carolyn’s submission guidelines have not yet been posted on the Transatlantic website, but previously, she’s said: “I am looking for books that I can’t put down. In fiction I’m either so absorbed with the world and the story or so affected by the language and characters that I’ll stay up past my bedtime. I like books that feel like treats, not work. I know I’m onto something when I want to press a book into the hands of my friends saying, ‘You must read this,’ because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they will love it.”
Carolyn has expressed a love for literary fiction and fiction with a commercial bent, psychological thrillers, women’s fiction, literary horror, crime, and whimsical almost-fantasy books. “I’d love to find some indigenous authors too, as I don’t think we hear their voices enough,” she’s said. She has not been looking for military or CIA inspired fiction, climate thrillers, high fantasy, cozy mysteries, romance, erotica, poetry or humour.
In nonfiction, Carolyn’s said, “I like an unusual tale in memoir, a book that I can learn from, also something from an expert in a field on a current issue, and narrative nonfiction that expands the reader’s world. I’m not looking for memoirs about illness (not because they aren’t valid but because I don’t like to read them). The writing and the story are both paramount.”
Carolyn has particularly been interested in books with an international appeal.
Again, no posted guidelines yet, but previously Carolyn has wanted a sample of your work of at least ten pages pasted into your email. No attachments.

Other agents at Transatlantic who are looking for new authors include:

Fiona Kenshole is actively looking for children’s picture books, YA, and middle grade, and she is open to queries until the middle of February 2019.
Fiona spent 20 years as a senior publisher, holding key positions in the UK, as Publishing Director at Oxford University Press Children’s Books, Deputy Managing Director of Hodder Children’s Books and Editorial Director at HarperCollins. Her authors have won or been nominated for every major British children’s literary award. Several have become million copy bestsellers.
Fiona has lectured widely on children’s books including at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and taught publishing to Masters degree students at Oxford Brookes University. She is herself a published author. She has organized children’s events for the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival. In 2004 she became Vice President of Development Acquisition at Laika Inc. She moved to the USA and spent several years creating a development slate of new projects for the animation studio. Fiona has worked with major directors and screenwriters, acquiring and adapting children’s books and original scripts into movies, including the Academy nominated “Coraline” and “Paranorman.”
 Her current wish list is for quirky contemporary, humor, unreliable narrators, immigrant stories, stories by diverse writers, sister stories, real children in magical worlds, thrillers, mysteries and ghost stories. Fiona has a soft spot for a great detective story. Her dream is a submission so compelling she’d rather read it than engage with real life! She is not taking on rhyming picture books, poetry, screenplays or faith-based stories.
To submit, please use the following link: QueryMe.Online/QueryFiona and follow the helpful instructions given. If you have attended a conference, please indicate which one in the subject line of your query. No attachments. See Fiona’s full guidelines here.

Brenna English-Loeb represents children’s and adult authors. Brenna English-Loeb comes to Transatlantic after working for several years at Janklow & Nesbit Associates and Writers House, where she had the pleasure of working with New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors across multiple genres. At Transatlantic she’s excited to grow her list of speculative and suspenseful fiction in both YA and adult, as well as adult nonfiction, in collaboration with senior agents.
Raised on an eclectic blend of Jane Austen, Terry Pratchett and Ursula K Le Guin, Brenna has always gravitated to unique stories with a strong point of view. She is specifically looking for works of YA and adult science fiction, fantasy, and suspense, as well as some adult literary fiction. She loves space operas, myth and fairy tale retellings, survival stories, epistolary novels, and heists. She also has a soft spot for stories that blend multiple genres and for works by and about underrepresented groups and identities.
Aspects of a work that are sure to catch her eye include: evocative atmospheres, character-driven plots, a sense of adventure, and narratives that reveal a deep knowledge of a particular subject. She also loves old tropes made new again, unreliable narrators, and power imbalances.
For nonfiction, Brenna is looking for serious, groundbreaking sociological work that holds our culture up to the magnifying glass. She also loves accounts of historical events and people that deserve to be better known, as well as unusual and influential object histories.
Please include a short synopsis and the first ten pages of your manuscript. See Brenna’s full guidelines here.

Stephanie Sinclair represents adult authors. She joined Transatlantic in 2012. She has been an Associate Agent for five years, while also working as Samantha Haywood’s Executive Assistant, a role she left last Spring. Within her own list, Sinclair represents writers of award-winning fiction and nonfiction including Journey Prize winner Sharon Bala’s THE BOAT PEOPLE and the Indigenous writers Harold Johnson and Billy Ray Belcourt.
Stephanie is a graduate of the publishing program at Ryerson University, creative writing program at the Humber School for Writers and the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. For many years, authors, journalists and theatre writers have benefited from Stephanie’s uniquely attuned and effective advice in her work as an award-nominated freelance editor. 
Stephanie is growing her own author list and simultaneously manages international rights for Samantha Haywood's client list as well as for Page Two Books, a separate company owned and operated by Transatlantic agents Jesse Finkelstein and Trena White.
In fiction, Stephanie represents literary fiction and upmarket women’s and will consider literary thriller and suspense and YA crossover. 
In nonfiction, Stephanie represents narrative nonfiction, memoir, investigative journalism and true crime.
Query Stephanie at:
Attach a 20-page writing sample in Word or PDF format. See Stephanie’s full guidelines here.

Marilyn Biderman represents adult authors. Before joining Transatlantic, Marilyn worked at her own literary agency and consultancy practice for seven years, where she helped launch the careers of d├ębut and prize-winning authors. She had previously worked at McClelland & Stewart for twelve years, most recently as Vice President, Director, Rights and Contracts. At M&S, she handled the international rights for many renowned authors, including Leonard Cohen, Alistair MacLeod, and Madeleine Thien.
Marilyn is seeking literary fiction; sweet-spot fiction, that is, accessible but literary in intent (often found at book clubs); literary crime fiction; and women’s commercial and historical fiction.
“I love memoir with an utterly unique story and brilliant writing; narrative nonfiction on compelling and newsworthy topics that anticipate trends; expert nonfiction of wide appeal from authors with established social media platforms; and biographies of fascinating lives.
“I don’t handle children’s books, except for young adult novels with cross-over appeal (very selectively, and only by referral); or poetry, screenplays, science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy for adult readers.”
See Marilyn’s full guidelines here.

Jesse Finkelstein represents adult authors. In conjunction with Trena White, Jesse is one of the principals of Page Two, a nonfiction publishing company, and represents adult non-fiction to the book trade as an associate agent with Transatlantic Agency.
Finkelstein and White met on the management team at D&M Publishers Inc., whose day-to-day operations Finkelstein ran as chief operating officer. She also led the company’s digital and international sales strategies, licensing content in multiple formats and in global markets, and developing one of Canada’s first enhanced ebook apps. Prior to working at D&M, Finkelstein was associate publisher at Raincoast Books, where she managed the publishing department and oversaw acquisitions. She is a graduate of the Simon Fraser University Master of Publishing program.
Jesse specializes in upmarket, accessible nonfiction that challenges current conceptions, whether through a “big ideas” book or narrative. She is drawn to entrepreneurs and people who are innovators in their fields and writing about current affairs, business, culture, politics, technology, religion, and the environment. She is most interested in authors who have an existing platform.
Attach a maximum 20-page writing sample/excerpt (as a Word document), along with a publishing history and synopsis. Please note if other agents are also considering the project. See Jesse’s full guidelines here.

Trena White represents adult authors. In conjunction with Jesse Finkelstein, Trena is one of the principals of Page Two. As the publisher of Douglas & McIntyre and Greystone Books, Trena was responsible for running a publishing program of sixty new books a year. Before joining D&M, she spent several years in Toronto as a nonfiction editor at McClelland & Stewart. Trena is a graduate of the Simon Fraser University Master of Publishing program and is now adjunct faculty of SFU publishing
Trena specializes in upmarket, accessible nonfiction that challenges current conceptions, whether through a “big ideas” book or narrative. She is drawn to entrepreneurs and people who are innovators in their fields and writing about current affairs, business, culture, politics, technology, religion, and the environment. She is most interested in authors who have an existing platform.
Authors are encouraged to email a cover letter with an maximum 20-page writing sample/excerpt embedded in the body of the email, along with a publishing history and synopsis. No attachments. Please note if other agents are also considering the project. See Trena’s full guidelines here.

Author Tanaz Bhathena
If you’re interested in getting published, then start upping your game and attend some of the great workshops coming soon: Writing and RevisingSat, Jan 26, in Caledon at the Bolton Library (see here),  Writing with Style, Saturday, Feb 23, in Waterloo (see here) and Saturday, March 16, in Mississauga (see here), and How to Write a Bestseller, with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, Saturday, March 2 (see here).

And don’t miss the Writing for Children and for Young Adults workshop, with Erin O’Connor, senior editor, Scholastic Books, and young adult author Tanaz Bhathena, Saturday, May 11, in Brampton. Details here.

But the best way to grow as a writer is probably with a weekly course. In the spring, a full range of classes will be offered:
Burlington: Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, April 18 – June 20 (No class May 30). Details here.
Toronto: Welcome to Creative Writing, Friday afternoons, April 26 – June 28 (No class May 31). Details here.
Oakville Central Library: Writing Personal Stories, Thursday evenings, April 18 – June 27 (No class  May 30). Details here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:45; April 16 – June 25 (No class June 4). Details here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:45; April 17 – June 19. Details here.
Georgetown: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00; April 17 – June 19. Details here.
Toronto: Intensive Creative Writing, Friday mornings, 10:15 – 12:30 / 12: 45, April 26 – June 28. (No class May 31). Details here.

     See details of all 7 courses here.

A bit later in the spring, look forward to a wonderful weekend writing retreat:
Algonquin Writing Retreat, Friday, May 31 – Monday, June 3, 2019: four days in the luxurious isolation of Arowhon Pines Resort to get down to some real creative growth. Details here.

To reserve a spot in any upcoming weekly course, weekend retreat, or Saturday workshop, email Brian at:
Read reviews of Brian’s courses, retreats, and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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