Monday, February 11, 2019

At P.S. Literary: Carly Watters promoted to Senior VP and Kurestin Armada promoted to Literary Agent; 4 agents seeking everything from picture books to adult fiction and nonfiction

The Navigator's Touch by Julia Ember
represented by P.S. Literary
P.S. Literary Agency
2010 Winston Park Drive
2nd Floor
Oakville, Ontario, L6H 5R7 

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Congratulations to Carly Watters who was recently promoted to Senior VP and Senior Literary Agent and who is also the agency’s Director of Literary Branding, and also to Kurestin Armada who was promoted from Associate Agent to full agent. Carly and Kurestin are both looking for authors, as are company President and Principal Agent Curtis Russell and Literary Agent Maria Vicente.

Carly Watters did her MA in Publishing Studies at City University London in the UK where she worked in the publishing industry at the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency, and Bloomsbury PLC before returning to Canada in 2010 to join the P.S Literary Agency.
Carly is acquiring both fiction and nonfiction. In fiction, she’s seeking Women’s Fiction, Upmarket Adult, Commercial Adult, Domestic Suspense, Literary Mystery & Thrillers, Historical, Contemporary Romance, and Smart Book Club Fiction.
In nonfiction, she’s looking for Pop science, Business, Psychology, Cookbooks, Unique Memoirs, Lifestyle (health, wellness, relationships, parenting), Narrative and Platform-Based Nonfiction (must have demonstrable expertise and a quantifiable market).
Query Carly at:
Limit your submission to just a query letter until asked for more.

Kurestin Armada began her publishing career as an intern with Workman Publishing and spent time as an assistant at the Lotts Agency before joining P.S. Literary. She holds a B.A. in English from Kenyon College and a publishing certificate from Columbia University. Kurestin is based in New York City, where she spends most of her time in the city’s thriving bookstores.
Kurestin is actively acquiring Kurestin is actively acquiring Upmarket and Commercial Fiction, Magic Realism, Science Fiction, select Historical Fiction LGBTQ (any genre), Romance, illustrated Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Graphic Novels.

In nonfiction, Kurestin is looking for Design, Cooking, Pop Psychology, Narrative, Photography, Nature, and Science.  
Query Kurestin at:
Limit your submission to just a query letter until asked for more.

Curtis Russell began his publishing career as the proprietor of a micro press before crossing over to the other side of the desk and founding P.S. Literary in 2005.
Curtis is currently acquiring both fiction and nonfiction. In terms of fiction, he is seeking Literary, Commercial, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Romance, Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adults.
In nonfiction, he is looking for Business, History, Politics, Current Affairs, Memoir, Health, Wellness, Sports, Humour, Pop Culture, Pop Science and Pop Psychology.
Query Curtis at:
Limit your submission to just a query letter until asked for more.

Maria Vicente began her publishing career an intern with Bree Ogden at D4EO Literary Agency and then interned at P.S. Literary before joining the agency as an associate agent. Maria has a B.A. in English Lit from Carleton and a Bachelor of Education from Western. 
Maria specializes in children’s fiction and nonfiction for all ages. She has affinity for literary prose, diverse characters, original storytelling formats, and anything geeky.  is actively looking for Literary and Commercial fiction, New Adult, high-concept Young Adult, Middle Grade, high-concept Picture Books, and nonfiction in the Pop Culture, Pop Psychology, Design and Lifestyle categories.
Maria is looking for Picture Books, Chapter Books and Middle Grade and Young Adult novels.
In nonfiction, she is looking for books for both children and adults. She looks for nonfiction that offer a new perspective on an entertaining topic. She’s particularly interested in Pop Culture, Science, Design, and Lifestyle.
Maria is also interested in a variety of illustrated projects, including Picture Books, Graphic Novels, and nonfiction Gift Books.
Check out more details of Maria’s interests at her website here.
Query Maria at:
Limit your submission to just a query letter until asked for more. If you’re an illustrator or author/illustrator, please provide a link to your portfolio.

New York Times #1 bestselling author
Kelley Armstrong
If you’re interested in getting published, soon or somewhere down the road, don’t miss the upcoming How to Get Published workshop Saturday, June 8, in Waterloo with literary agent Meg Wheeler (see here). 
For updated listing of How to Get Published workshops see here (and scroll down).

If you’re interested in kid lit, be sure to attend the  Writing for Children and for Young Adults workshop with guest speakers Erin O’Connor, senior editor, Scholastic Books, and young adult author Tanaz Bhathena, Saturday, May 11, in Brampton (see here).

And don’t miss these other great workshops coming soon: Writing with Style, Saturday, Feb 23, in Waterloo (see hereand 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 You Can Write Great Dialogue, Saturday, March 30, in Burlington (see 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.
Georgetown: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00; April 17 – June 19. Details here.
Toronto: Intensive Creative Writing, Friday mornings, 10:15 – 12:30sh, April 26 – June 28. (No class May 31). Details here.
     See details of all 6 courses here.

And later in the spring, come enjoy the most sublime writing experience of all…
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
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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