Thursday, August 13, 2020

The Tobias Agency has four agents looking for your manuscripts

Whatever it Takes by Jessica Pack,
represented by The 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 and Nashville. Currently, Tobias has four agents, all accepting queries:

Sasha White is the newest member of the team, and like all new agents, she needs authors.
Sasha is currently looking for adult fiction, YA, political/historical nonfiction, memoirs, and world literature in translation. She is drawn to coming-of-age stories, character-driven fantasy and mystery/crime, working class stories, diverse voices, and nonfiction that tackles pressing current issues such as social and political movements. 
With an interest in mythology, classics, and folklore, she would love to see YA interpretations of epic poems such as the ODYSSEY and the EPIC OF GILGAMESH. In translation she is looking for works to help bring international voices, in both fiction and nonfiction, to the U.S. 
Sasha graduated from Hunter College with a degree in Russian Literature. She began her publishing career as an intern at The Tobias Literary and in the editorial departments of Foundry Literary and Seven Stories Press. 
Ever since she was electrified by reading Dostoevsky’s CRIME AND PUNISHMENT at the age of seventeen, she knew literature would play a role in her life beyond casual enjoyment. Dostoevsky’s dramatic plot twists, abundance of dialogue, rich and often contradictory characters, and socially relevant themes are among the elements that catch Sasha’s eye in new books. 
Query Sasha at:
Include a sample of up to 30 pages in the body of your email.

Matt Belford is seeking graphic memoirs, graphic novels, adult science fiction and fantasy, and some popular nonfiction.
He is not interested in YA.
Matt 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.

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, lo-res sample images, and links to your portfolio.

Lane Heymont 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.
Lane 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.
Query Lane through his Query Manager here.

Literary agent Evan Brown
If you're interested in meeting an agent and in getting published, don't miss our upcoming How to Get Published  workshops Saturday, Oct 3, in Toronto with Evan Brown of Transatlantic Literary Agency (see here) and Saturday, Oct 24, in Guelph with Paige Sisley of the CookeMcdermid agency  (see here).

If you’re especially interested in writing and publishing Kid Lit, don’t miss 
Writing for Children and for Young Adults, with Anne Shone, Executive Editor, Scholastic Books, Saturday, September 12, in Mississauga (see here) and the Writing Kid Lit  weekly class this fall on Thursday evenings, online (see here).

Beyond that, Brian’s workshop schedule continues to take shape:
August & September workshops
Online: "You can write great dialogue," Saturday, Aug 15.  Details here.
Online: How to Make Yourself Write," Saturday, Aug 22.  Details here.
Burlington: Raising the Stakes: How to increase your story's tension,
Saturday, Sept 26. Details here.

Writing Retreats:
Algonquin Park: Join me for a magical weekend at Arowhon Pines Resort, an outpost of luxury in the middle of the wilderness, for a writing retreat. Two sessions:  Friday, Aug 28 – Monday, Aug 31 (Wait list only. See here) and Labour Day weekend, Friday, Sept 4 – Monday, Sept 7 (Spaces still available. See here).

Jackson’s Point on Lake Simcoe: Give yourself four days of inspiration, instruction, and creativity at the Briar’s Resort & Spa, Friday Nov 13 – Monday, Nov 16. Details here

Weekly Classes
Online: Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Sept 24 – Dec 3. See here. Spaces still available
Online: Writing Kid Lit, Thursday evenings, 
Sept 24 – Nov 26. Details here. Spaces still available.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday mornings, Sept 15 – Dec 15. Spaces still available.  See here.
Online: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, Sept 16 to Dec 9 –almost full or wait list. See here.
Online: Intensive Creative Writing, Friday mornings. Sept 18 – Dec 4 –almost full or wait list. See here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule  hereincluding online and in-person 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, 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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