Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Six literary agents at Canadian agency P.S. Literary seek new authors

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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All six agents at P.S. Literary  are looking for new authors – fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young people. 

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: See upcoming “How to Get Published” workshops here (and scroll down).

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 at @claire_m_harris 

Query Claire at: 

Send only a query, no sample of your work and address your query to Claire’s attention.

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.

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.

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 nonfiction. In terms of fiction, he is seeking Literary, Commercial, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Romance, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Picture Books. In terms of nonfiction, 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.

Kids Can Press editor 
Kathleen Keenan

If you’re interested in meeting an agent and in getting published, don’t miss our online How to Get Published workshop 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  workshops with Anne Shone, Executive Editor, Scholastic Books, Saturday, January 30, (see here –waiting list only) and with Kids Can Press editor Kathleen Keenan,  Saturday, February 27 (see here), plus 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 shape...

Online: How to Write a Bestseller, with New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong,  Saturday, Nov 7 (see here – wait list only) and Saturday, April 3, 2021 – details to come.

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.

Weekly classes starting in January:

Online: Exploring Creative Writingan introductory, low pressure course to get the creative juices flowing Thursday evenings, Jan 21 – March 25. Details here.

Online: Writing Personal Stories, nine weeks of creativity and fellowship. Thursday afternoons, Jan 28 – March 25. Details here.

Online: Writing Kid LitPicture 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 evenings,Feb 2 – March 30. Details here.

For more details or to register for any workshop, retreat or weekly class, email

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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