Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Six agents at Canadian Literary Agency P.S. Literary seeks new authors

Hi, Brian. 
I hope you've had a great summer despite COVID! On behalf of P.S. Literary, I wanted to share with you that we have a new agent. 
Claire Harris is a literary agent with a passion for a wide range of fiction and nonfiction for adults. She got her start through the NYU Summer Publishing Institute and at Foundry Literary + Media before joining the P.S. Literary team. Claire seeks projects with unique voices, interesting writing styles, and compelling characters. She enjoys the creative process of working with creators and collaborating closely with them throughout all stages of their careers.
Hope your online workshops are going well, 
Stephanie Winter (she/her)
Associate Agent
P.S. Literary Agency

More about the agents at P.S. Literary and how to query them….

Claire Harris is acquiring both fiction and nonfiction projects for adults. She’s actively seeking diverse voices. In fiction, she’s looking for Psychological and Commercial Thrillers, works of fiction inspired by actual crimes, Mystery, Suspense, Cozies, Contemporary Fiction (especially family dramas), and Adult Rom-Coms. Claire is a lover of the dark and twisted, and she’s happiest when reading manuscripts with unexpected endings.
For nonfiction, Claire is seeking a range of projects, including Lifestyle Guides, Pop Culture celebrations, Pop Psychology, Humor, True Crime, and illustrated books for adults.
Claire tweets here.
Query Claire at: 
Send only a query, no sample of your work and address your query to Claire’s attention.

Stephanie Winter is acquiring adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade fiction, in addition to Graphic Novels. She’s actively seeking titles with diverse and inclusive representation that offer smart, culturally aware, and enriching narratives.
For young readers, Stephanie loves a good adventure story, light SFF, and STEAM topics.
In the adult space, she appreciates all sorts of fiction but particularly enjoys Rom-Coms and Thrillers (located outside the home) and LGBTQ+ stories that bring joy.
Stephanie also acquires select nonfiction in all age groups, with a soft spot for projects that blend illustration with information on culturally relevant topics.
Query Stephanie at:   
Send only a query, no sample of your work and address your query to Stephanie’s attention.

Note: Stephanie will be our guest speaker at the online “How to Get Published” workshop Saturday, Nov 28. Details here.

Eric Smith is eagerly acquiring fiction and nonfiction projects. He’s actively seeking out new, diverse voices in Young Adult (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), and Literary and Commercial Fiction (again, loves sci-fi and fantasy, but also thrillers and mysteries).
In terms of nonfiction, he’s interested in Cookbooks, Pop Culture, Humor, Middle Grade, essay collections, and blog to book ideas.
You can view his detailed manuscript wish list here
Query Eric at:  
Send only a query, no sample of your work and address your query to Eric’s attention.

Maria Vicente is acquiring children’s fiction, nonfiction (for readers of all ages), and illustrated books.
In fiction, she is looking for Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Chapter Book manuscripts.
In nonfiction, she is looking for projects in the following categories: Pop Culture, Science, Design, and Lifestyle.
She is interested in a variety of illustrated projects, including Graphic Novels, nonfiction Gift Books, and Picture Books.
You can view her detailed manuscript wish list here
Query Maria at:  
Send only a query, no sample of your work and address your query to Maria’s attention.

Carly Watters is currently acquiring both fiction and nonfiction.
In terms of fiction, she is seeking Women’s Fiction, Upmarket Adult, Commercial Adult, Domestic Suspense, Literary Mystery & Thrillers, Historical, Contemporary Romance, and Smart Book Club Fiction.
In terms of nonfiction, she is 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:  
Send only a query, no sample of your work and address your query to Carly’s attention.

Curtis Russell is currently acquiring both fiction and non-fiction. In terms of fiction, he is seeking Literary, Commercial, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Romance, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Picture Books. In terms of non-fiction, he is looking for Business, History, Politics, Current Affairs, Memoir, Health, Wellness, Sports, Humor, Pop Culture, Pop Science, and Pop Psychology.
Query Curtis at:  
Send only a query, no sample of your work and address your query to Curtis’s attention.

See P.S. Literary’s full submission guidelines here.

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

And if you’re specifically 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 schedule continues to take shape...

My favorite fall tree at the Briars
Upcoming writing retreat:
Jackson's Point: Writing Retreat at the Briar's Resort & Spa on Lake Simcoe:
The ambiance of a country estate and the comforts of a modern resort – a perfect place to write.
     Friday, Nov 13 – Monday, Nov 16. Details here.

Burlington: Raising the Stakes How to increase your story's tension, Saturday,
  Sept 26. Details here.

Online: Writing Personal Stories, Tuesday evenings, Oct 13 – Dec 15. Details here~ Spaces still available. 
Online: Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Sept 24 – Dec 3. Details here.
Online: Writing Kid Lit, Thursday evenings, Sept 24 – Nov 26. Details here.
Online: Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday mornings, Sept 15 – Dec 15.  Details here.
Online: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, Sept 16 to Dec 9. Details here.
Online: Intensive Creative Writing, Friday mornings. Sept 18 – Dec 4. Details here.
Bonus points for literary costumes :-) 
More workshops:
Online: How to Write Great Characters,   Saturday, Oct 31. Come in costume! Details here.
Online: How to Write a Bestseller, with New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, Saturday, Nov 7. Details 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.

Navigation tips: Always check out the Labels underneath a post; they’ll lead you to various distinct collections of postings. If you're searching for more interviews with literary agents or a literary agent who represents a particular type of book, check out this post.

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