Friday, April 12, 2019

Six agents at P.S. Literary seek authors, including new agent Maureen Moretti

Where the Forest Meets the Stars 
by Glendy Vanderah,
represented by P.S. Literary

P.S. Literary Agency
2010 Winston Park Drive
2nd Floor
Oakville, Ontario

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Six agents at P.S. Literary are looking for authors, including the newest member of the team Maureen Moretti….

Maureen Moretti began her publishing career as an intern with several different literary agencies before joining P.S. as an associate agent, based in New York. Maureen holds a B.A. from St. Mary’s College of California and attended the Columbia Publishing Course.
Maureen is actively acquiring both nonfiction and fiction.
Within nonfiction, she is searching for narrative nonfiction, biography, culture, history, LGBTQ+, cookbooks, and lifestyle books.
Within fiction, she is looking for women’s fiction, thrillers, LGBTQ+, seclect science fiction, and genre-bending unique voices.
Query Maureen at:
Limit your submission to just a query letter until asked for more.

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.

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.

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.

Eric Smith began his publishing career at Quark Books in Philadelphia, working social media and marketing on numerous books he absolutely adored. . Eric completed his BZ in English at Kean University and his MA in English at Arcadia University. A frequent blogger, Eric’s ramblings about books appear on BookRiot, The Huffington Post and more. He is the author of Inked (Bloomsbury Publishing) and TheGeek’s Guide to Dating (Quick Books).
Eric is eagerly acquiring fiction and nonfiction. He’s actively seeking out new, diverse voices in Young Adult (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), and Literary and Commercial Fiction. Again, he loves sci-fi and fantasy but also  thrillers and mysteries).
In nonfiction, Eric is interested in Cookbooks, Pop Culture, Humour, essay collections, and blog to book ideas.
Query Eric at: 
No attachments unless specifically requested.

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.

See P.S. full submissions guidelines here.

YA author Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
In May, two Writing for Children and for Young Adults workshops are coming up, both with guest speaker Erin O'Connor, senior editor, Scholastic Books. On Saturday, May 5, in Toronto, the workshop will also feature young adult author Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (see here), and on Saturday, May 11, in Brampton the workshop will feature young adult author Tanaz Bhathena (see here).

If you’re interested in getting published, soon or somewhere down the road, don’t miss the How to Get Published workshop, Saturday, June 8, in Waterloo with literary agent Meg Wheeler (see here). 
For updated listings of How to Get Published workshops see here (and scroll down). 

And don’t miss these other great workshops coming soon:  Writing Your Life, with guest speaker Ross Pennie, Saturday, April 13, in Guelph (see here), Plotting Novels and Writing Short Stories, Saturday, May 25, in Niagara on the Lake (see here), and How to Write Great Characters, Saturday, June 22, in Oakville (see here).  

But the best way to grow as a writer may be with a weekly course. 
Three classes starting in April still have space:
Burlington: Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, April 18 – June 20. Details here.
Toronto: Welcome to Creative Writing, Friday afternoons, April 26 – June 28. Details here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, April 16 – June 25. Details here.

And come the summer, more courses are starting:
Oakville Woodside Library: Exploring Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, July 2 – Aug 13. See here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, July 3 – Aug 21, 1st readings emailed
June 26See here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings July 3 – Aug 21.  1st readings emailed June 26. See here.

In the fall, join us at the ... 
November at the Briars Writing Retreat.
Friday, November 1 – Monday, November 4; four days of creativity in a setting that provides the warmth of a country estate steeped in history while providing all the benefits of an extensive, modern lakeside resort. Details here.
The Briars Resort
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 here, including 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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