Tuesday, June 21, 2022

New Canadian Literary Agency Ballpoint Literary seeks fiction and nonfiction

Ballpoint Literary Agency

Toronto, Canada


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The Ballpoint Agency is a new, “artist-centred literary agency with many enthusiasms, but mostly books.” They currently serve a small roster of just 8 writers – so they certainly need authors .

The agency has made three sales so far: a memoir, Things I Came Here With by Chris MacDonald to ECW Press in Toronto, a middle grade novel to Orca n Victoria (which has been optioned by Banger Films), and a memoir to Random House Canada. They are also shopping around three novels (one of which is fantasy) and have two nonfiction projects in the works.

The three founders have 75 years of professional experience between them, but note that none of it is in the book-publishing side of the industry:

Dave Bidini is the only person to have been nominated for a Gemini, Genie, and Juno as well as CBC's "Canada Reads." A founding member of Rheostatics, he has written thirteen nonfiction books, including On a Cold RoadTropic of HockeyAround the World in 57 1/2 Gigs, and Home and Away

He is a three-time National magazine award-winner, and his play, The Five Hole Stories, was staged by One Yellow Rabbit Performance Company, touring the country in 2008. He last book was Keon and Me and he is the publisher of the West End Phoenix community newspaper in Toronto. He’s spent 25 years writing books, earning valuable insight into the industry from an artist’s perspective. 

Query Dave at: dave@ballpoint.agency

Put “Query” in the subject line of your email and include a 2-page maximum excerpt of your project in the body of your email.

Warren Sheffer has 20 years as a lawyer, representing authors and performers and specializing in intellectual property law. He’s the Secretary of the Board of Toronto’s West End Phoenix.

Query Warren at: warren@ballpoint.agency

Put “Query” in the subject line of your email and include a 2-page maximum excerpt of your project in the body of your email.

Janet (on right) with The Billie Hollies

Janet Morassutti has been both rhythm guitarist for Randwiches and occasional co-writer with Rheostatics – she narrated the band’s 2000 album, “The Story of Harmelodia.” She has copy-edited a wide range of editorial titles, including the National Post and Maclean’s.

Altogether, she has 30 years of publishing industry experience, most recently as a founder and managing editor of Toronto’s West End Phoenix community newspaper.

Query Janet at: janet@ballpoint.agency

Put “Query” in the subject line of your email and include a 2-page maximum excerpt of your project in the body of your email.

Full submissions guidelines here.

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