Thursday, January 28, 2021

New Toronto literary agency seeks authors

Lake Effect by Dayle Furlong
represented by 5 Otter Literary    

5 Otter Literary

Toronto, Canada

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A new literary agency, has launched in Toronto. 5 Otter Literary is a full-service, international literary agency founded by long-time friends and publishing industry colleagues, Olga Filina, Ali McDonald, and Cassandra Rodgers, who all previously worked together at The Rights Factory.

5 Otter represents literature across all audiences, categories, genres, and formats, for traditional publishing as well as audio, translation, and film/TV. Two of the three agents are actively looking for new authors:

Olga Filina brings over twenty years of book industry experience to her work as an agent. From bookseller and buyer at national and independent bookstore chains, to director of literary festivals, library board member, publishing consultant, independent editor, book reviewer, and founding member of the Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents (PACLA), she has the specialized knowledge to find the best direction for her clients’ work.

At this moment, Olga is most especially looking for historical fiction She’s also seeking literary and book club fiction, crime, mystery, suspense, and memoir with exceptional writing, focusing on underrepresented voices. Plus, narrative and prescriptive nonfiction projects across all categories.

In the children’s space, she is looking for middle grade fiction with memorable characters, contemporary YA, and nonfiction across all categories.

Query Olga at:

Include the first ten pages of your manuscript or your proposal in the body of the email. No attachments unless requested.

Cassandra Rodgers has been a literary agent for over seven years. She’s worked with a diverse group of clients on both fiction and nonfiction projects. Her clients’ books have been featured in publications such as Oprah, The New York Times, and USA Today.

Cassie is focused exclusively on adult work and at the moment is most especially in upmarket commercial fiction in the vein of JoJo Moyers or Liane Moriarty. She’s also seeking historical fiction and suspense.

On the nonfiction side, she is looking for fresh views on topics such as politics, history, science, finance, and sports. Inspiring and meaningful memoirs are always on her wish list.

Query Cassandra at:

Include the first ten pages of your manuscript or your proposal in the body of the email. No attachments unless requested.

Ali McDonald specializes in children’s and young adult literature. Her clients include The New York Times bestselling author Laura Nowlin (If He Had Been With Me and This Song is (Not) For You), Hugo-award-winning Emily Pohl-Weary (Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl), and multi-award-nominated and Best Book-listed author Jo Treggiari (Blood Will Out and The Grey Sisters), among others. 

Ali is currently accepting submissions only by referral.

See the 5 Otter submissions page here.

Kids Can Press editor
Kathleeen Keenan

If you’re interested in meeting an agent and in getting published, don’t miss our online How to get Published workshop Saturday, March 6, with Alice Speilburg of the Speilburg Literary Agency (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 Scholastic Books Executive Editor Anne Shone, Saturday, Jan 30 (see here) and with Kids Can Press editor Kathleen Keenan, Saturday, Feb 27 (see here).

The online Writing Kid Lit and Young Adult Fiction weekly class set to begin Tuesday Feb 2 (see here) and the online Writing Little Kid Lit class set to begin Wednesday Feb 3 (see here) are both probably full. But let Brian know if you’re interested for the spring. Email:

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Beyond that, Brian’s schedule continues to take shape...

Online: Writing and Revising, Saturday, February 6.  Details here.

Online: How to Write a Bestseller, with New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, Saturday, April 3.  Details here.

Online: How to Build Your Novel, with author Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, Sunday, April 11. Details here.

Online: Beginning Right – How to open your novel, Saturday, May 15. Details here.

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