|The War Widow by Tara Moss
represented by CookeMcDermid
CookeMcDermid Literary Management
St. W., Suite 1105
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CookeMcDermid was created in 2017 by the
amalgamation of two preeminent Canadian agencies, The Cooke Agency and The
McDermid Agency. CookeMcDermid is a
full-service literary agency . Its agents are especially eager to read
thrillers, horror, commercial suspense, speculative fiction, middle grade, YA,
research-driven nonfiction, and narrative non-fiction.
CookeMcDermid represents more than 300 writers, among them Man Booker
nominees, Giller and Governor General’s award–winning authors, prize-winning
journalists, New York Times bestsellers, international authorities in their
field, and some of the literary world’s most notable names.
include Jen Agg, Omar el Akkad, Michael Crummey, Cherie Dimaline, Robyn
Doolittle, John Irving, Rupi Kaur, Scaachi Koul, Karen Le Billon, Geddy Lee, Robert Munsch, Maye Musk, Alison Pick, Nino
Ricci, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Jeff VanderMeer, and Jesse Wente.
are nine agents with CookeMcDermid including:
Paige Sisley Paige is an associate
agent at CookeMcDermid. She is seeking well-written upmarket fiction that both
entertains and has something to say, and she is always on the lookout for
non-fiction in the memoir, lifestyle, and health & wellness areas. In
addition to managing her own list, Paige oversees CookeMcDermid clients’ film
and TV rights and handles marketing and publicity for the agency. Previously,
she was a rights assistant for Cooke International, an agency specializing
in foreign rights management for a diverse group of publishing clients.
Paige has her Master of Arts from Ryerson University's Literatures of Modernity program and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of King's College and Dalhousie University. A born and bred Torontonian, she lives for a good adventure and has also resided in LA, New Zealand and Halifax. She's on Twitter at @paigesisley
Note: Paige will be the guest
speaker at the online How to Get
Published workshop Saturday, Oct 24. Details here.
Stephanie Sinclair is of Cree, Ojibwe and
settler descent. She represents literary and upmarket fiction and
nonfiction that provokes conversation and strives to challenge the way we
think, feel and live.
Her list is curated with political leanings, and
proudly includes writers of award-winning fiction and nonfiction including
Journey Prize winner Sharon Bala, Griffin Prize winner Billy Ray Belcourt,
Joshua Whitehead, Lee Maracle and Harriet Alida Lye. Writers on her roster have
been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, Scotiabank Giller Prize, Hilary
Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction, LAMBDA Awards, The Toronto Book
Award and many others.
Stephanie spent seven years
agenting with the Transatlantic Literary Agency, where in addition to working
on her own list, she managed several translation programs. Stephanie is a
graduate of the publishing program at Ryerson University, creative writing
program at the Humber School for Writers and the Randolph Academy for the
Performing Arts. For many years, authors, journalists and theatre writers have
benefited from Stephanie's uniquely attuned and effective advice in her work as
an award-nominated freelance editor. She is actively growing her list.
Rachel Letofsky Rachel is an agent at
CookeMcDermid. She specializes in children’s literature (middle-grade and YA
with some picture books), literary fiction, historical fiction,
narrative-driven memoir and innovative nonfiction for adults.
Her clients include
National and International bestsellers, and nominees and winners for awards
such as the Kirkus Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s
Awards, the Trillium awards, the OLA’s Forest of Tree Awards, the BC and Yukon
Book Awards, CBC’s Canada Reads, the Sunburst Award, the Canadian Jewish
Literary award, the Lambda Literary Awards, and the Rogers Writers' Trust
Awards. She frequently acts as a judge for writing competitions, and travels
throughout North America to writers’ festivals and literary events.
When not travelling or
reading, Rachel loves spending time with her family, cooking, gardening,
planning for the upcoming alien/zombie invasion, and swimming in lakes and
oceans as much as possible. Twitter @rachelletofsky
Ron Eckel is a literary agent at
Cooke-McDermid and co-owner of Cooke International, an agency specializing in
foreign rights management for a diverse group of publishing clients. He is a
graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Master of Publishing program and a twenty-year
veteran of Canadian publishing. Ron worked with Penguin Group Canada, Westwood
Creative Artists, and Random House of Canada before joining CookeMcDermid and
As an agent Ron is
particularly drawn to dark fiction, both commercial and literary, in the areas
of horror, suspense, and psychological thriller.
On the nonfiction side,
Ron loves pop culture, entertainment, music, pop science, and story-driven
Ron’s client list at
CookeMcDermid includes bestselling author Scaachi Koul, CBC Radio columnist and
pop-culture critic Jesse Wente, RUSH bassist and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of
Famer Geddy Lee, and horror writers Eric McCormack and Michael Rowe. On his
bedside table you will find equal amounts of fiction and non-fiction, but
always, always at least one biography (authorized or
not) of the Ramones.
Suzanne Brandreth is an
agent with CookeMcDermid and a co-owner of Cooke International, an agency
specializing in foreign rights management for a diverse group of publishing
clients. She has worked in publishing for over 20 years, as an independent
bookseller, an editor, and, since 2003, an agent.
has close working relationships around the world, frequently travels to New
York and London, and has participated in numerous publishing fellowships in
Frankfurt, Jerusalem, Taiwan, Turin, and the United Arab Emirates. Suzanne is a
hands-on agent and works with her clients to brainstorm and fine-tune book
ideas and substantively edit proposals or manuscripts before submission.
literary or commercial novels or evidence-based and narrative nonfiction,
Suzanne seeks stories that challenge the mind and/or move the heart. She is the
agent for Rupi Kaur’s international bestseller the sun and her flowers, CS Richardson’s
perennial bestseller The End of the Alphabet, and Emily White’s
ground-breaking Lonely: Learning to Live with Solitude.
Martha Webb is an agent and part owner
of CookeMcDermid. Her list comprises literary fiction, upmarket commercial
fiction and a broad range of non-fiction, including investigative journalism,
memoir (almost always with a particular focus), popular science, history and
philosophy, and some (not much) self-help.
She is drawn to rebels and
contrarians with a good sense of humour, and to books that are topical, deal
with important issues, or strive for social betterment while also being great
reads. She values distinctive voices and good storytelling, in whatever form.
Her clients include Jen Agg, Michael Crummey, Robyn Doolittle, Cathal Kelly, Tima
Kurdi, Saleema Nawaz, Pasha Malla, Zoey Leigh Peterson, and Shannon Lee
Martha began her career in
publishing in 2005 with The McDermid Agency, of which she later assumed
co-ownership prior to the creation of CookeMcDermid. She holds an MA in
literature from the University of Edinburgh, and was born and raised in
Sally Harding is a literary agent and co-owner of CookeMcDermid. Her list prominently
features research-based non-fiction, and the more literary end of science
fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction.
Unrestrained by boundaries of geography or genre, she finds the channels through which each work will best find its audience. She develops career-long relationships with writers who are deeply engaged with their subject and their craft. For Sally, it's not just about the words on each page, or the stories those words reveal, but the larger questions and dilemmas the writer is exploring through their work. Both a Canadian and a Kiwi, she cheers loudly for both countries. Sally is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives. She is on Twitter: @SallyCMD
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 24, with Paige Sisley of
the CookeMcdermid agency (see here) and Saturday, Nov 28, with Stephanie Winter of P.S. Literary (see here).
And if you’re
specifically interested in writing and publishing Kid Lit, don’t miss our online Writing for Children and for Young Adults workshop with Anne Shone, Executive
Editor, Scholastic Books, Saturday, January 30, (see here) and the Writing
Kid Lit weekly
class Tuesday afternoons in the new year, Jan 26 – March 23 (see here).
Beyond that, Brian’s schedule continues to take
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.
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.
Creative Writing, an
introductory, low pressure course to get the creative juices
flowing Thursday evenings, Jan 21 – March 25. Details here.
Personal Stories, nine
weeks of creativity and fellowship. Thursday afternoons, Jan 28 – March 25.
Kid Lit, Picture
Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade books, and Young Adult novels, with
enormously talented and experienced authors as guest speakers for two of the
classes, Tuesday afternoon, Jan 26 – March 23. Details here.
For more details or to register for any workshop, retreat or weekly
class, email email@example.com
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current schedule here, including online and
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