Saturday, February 1, 2020

Tobias Agency has 3 agents seeking fiction and nonfiction for adults and young people

A Song for the Stars by Ilima Todd,
represented by Tobias Agency
The Tobias Agency
276 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10001

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The Tobias Agency was founded by agent Lane Heymont in 2016. It is a full-service literary agency head-quartered in New York with satellite offices in Boston, Nashville, and {soon} Los Angeles. Currently, Tobias has three agents, all accepting queries:

Maria Rogers originally hails from St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated from Kenyon College before cutting her teeth in the publishing business as an intern at Writers House. She went on to work as an editorial assistant at W.W. Norton & Co. and later as an editor at Scholastic.
Her work experience has given her insight into many realms of reading, from nonfiction and poetry to literary and commercial fiction, to books for children and young adults.  
Maria is accepting both nonfiction and fiction, including graphic novels. In nonfiction she is currently looing for nonfiction that explores big events from new angle, whip-smart cultural criticism, and original and urgent journalism and science writing.
She’s also on the look-out for books to engage kids in nonfiction topics, from ancient history to contemporary issues.
She is not currently considering poetry, picture books, romance, science fiction, or fantasy.
Some books she’s recently enjoyed have been THE UNWINDING by George Packer, WAYWARD LIVES, BEAUTIFUL EXPERIMENTS by Saidiya Hartman, IN THE DREAM HOUSE by Carmen Maria Machado, BOTTLE OF LIES by Katherine Eban, RIVER by Elisha Cooper, and PET by Akwaeke Emezi.
Query Maria at:
For fiction and nonfiction include a sample of up to 30 pages. For graphic novel submissions, include a synopsis, sample lo-res images and links to your portfolio.

Matt Belford joined the Tobias Agency in January 2020 after previously working at the David Black Agency and the Aaron M. Priest Agency. He received his Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College.
A lover of all things science fiction and fantasy, Matt accepts his nerd status readily. Some of his favorite reads include: THE SUMMONER by Gail Z Martin, KINGS OF THE WYLD by Nicholas Eames, TRAIL OF LIGHTNING by Rebecca Roanhorse, and RED RISING by Pierce Brown.
Query Matt at:
Include the first 25 pages of your manuscript in the body of your email Queries with attachments will be deleted unread.

Lane Heymont began his publishing career in 2012 at the Seymour Agency and in 2016 formed the Tobias Agency. Lane was the #1 agent for horror on Publishers Marketplace and in the top ten for women’s fiction and romance.
Some of his favorite reads include: FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley, THE HUNGER by Alma Katsu, SKELETONS AT THE FEAST by Chris Bohjalian, KNIGHT OF THE BLACK ROSE by James Lowder, the DRAGONLANCE CHRONICLES by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, IN COLD BLOOD BY Truman Capote, I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou, and THE DINOSAUR ARTIST by Paige Williams.
His favorite writers include Sheridan Le Fanu, Mary Shelley, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Alma Katsu, Chris Bohjalian, and Lovecraft despite his politics and gross bigotry.
Lane represents a broad range of commercial fiction and serious nonfiction.
In fiction, he is open to speculative fiction, horror, thrillers, women’s fiction, romance, and select YA. He prefers contemporary settings and {like everyone else} is always looking for #Ownvoices in both fiction and nonfiction.
In nonfiction, he is seeking memoirs, celebrity projects, science, cultural studies, history, and has a particular interest in true crime.
Query Lane through his Query Manager here.

Literary agent Martha Webb
If you’re interested in getting published, now or sometime in the future, don’t miss our upcoming How to Get Published  workshop with literary agent Martha Webb of the CookeMcDermid agency, Saturday, April 25, 2020, in Guelph. (see here).

Also check out Writing ConflictFight scenes, Dialogue scenes & Love scene, Saturday, Feb 8, in Oakville (see here), Raising the Stakes: How to Increase Your Saturday, Feb 22, in Kitchener (see here), Writing & Revising, Saturday, Feb 29, in Mississauga (see here), Finding Your Voice, Saturday, March 7, in Burlington, (see here), and How to Make Yourself Write, Saturday, March 14, in St. Catharines (see here).

But the best way of upping your game as a writer, may be with a weekly class. This spring, a full range of courses is on offer, introductory to intensive and including writing kid lit:
Oakville: Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, April 16 – June 25. No class June 4. Details here.
Toronto: Welcome to Creative Writing, April 10 – June 19. No class June 5. Details here.
Burlington: Writing Kid Lit, Thursday afternoons, April 23 – June 25. No class June 4. Details here.
Burlington: Next Step in Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, April 14 – June 23. First readings emailed April 7. Details here.
Georgetown: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, March 25 – June 24. First readings emailed March 18. Details here.
Toronto: Intensive Creative Writing, Friday mornings, March 27 – June 26. First readings emailed March 20. Details here.
            Details of all spring courses here.

Plus …
Algonquin Writing Retreat, Friday, June 5 – Monday, June 8, 2020. Four days of luxury and writing at Arowhon Pines Resort in Algonquin Park – one of most beautiful spots in Ontario. This is the area that inspired the Group of Seven; come and let it inspire you, too. Still  room. Details here.

Windsor International Writers Festival, Friday, July 10 – Sunday, July 12. Brian will lead a Round Table critiquing your opening pages on Friday morning, will give a talk about writing query letters, and will meet attendees one-on-one to help them write a query that will get a yes. Details here. More details of the conference here.

Join me in Southampton – a lovely beach town on Lake Huron – for a weekend of workshops this summer: How to Build Your Story, Saturday, July 25 {details to come} and How to Write Great Characters, Sunday, July 26 {details to come}.

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 full schedule 
hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Southampton, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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