Thursday, March 26, 2015

Two new agents at Canadian agency P.S. Literary are looking for new authors: YA, New adult, literary, commercial & upmarket; the other 3 agents at P.S. all want new authors, too

P.S. Literary Agency
20033 – 520 Kerr Street
Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3C7 
CANADA
http://www.psliterary.com/

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The P.S. Literary Agency is a relative newcomer to the agenting world, having been established by Curtis Russell in 2005, so all its agents are actively looking for authors.  P.S. is located in Oakville (a suburb of Toronto) and represents literary and commercial fiction, Young Adult and Middle grade fiction and picture books, and nonfiction.

In the last month, two new agents have joined P.S., and like all new agents, they need authors:

Eric Smith ~ Associate Agent
Eric was previously the social media & marketing manager at Quirk Books in Philadelphia, A frequent blogger, Eric’s ramblings about books appear on BookRiot, The Huffington Post and more. He is the author of Inked (Bloomsbury Publishing) and The Geek’s Guide to Dating (Quick Books).

Eric is eagerly acquiring fiction and nonfiction. He’s actively seeking out new, diverse voices in Young Adult (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), New Adult and Literary and Commercial fiction (especially sci-fi and fantasy and thrillers and mysteries).

In nonfiction, Eric is interested in Cookbooks, Pop Culture, Humour, essay collections, and blog to book ideas.

Query Erica at: query@psliterary.com 
Query on. No attachments unless specifically requested.

Kurestin Armada ~ Associate Agent
Kurestin began her publishing career as an intern with Workman Publishing and spent time as an assistant at the Lofts Agency before joining P.S. Literary.

She holds a B.A. in English from Kenyon College and a publishing certificate from Columbia University. Kurestin is based in New York City.

Kurestin is actively acquiring Upmarket and Commercial Fiction, Magic Realism, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Alternative History, Historical Fiction LGBTQ (any genre), select Young Adult, Graphic Novels, Mystery, including mystery with element of science fiction or fantasy, and Romance. She has a particular affection for science fiction and fantasy, especially books that recognize and subvert typical tropes of genre fiction.

In nonfiction, Kuristin is looking for Design, Cooking, Pop Psychology, Humour, Narrative Nonfiction, Photography, and Pop Science.

Query Kurestin at: query@psliterary.com 
Query on. No attachments unless specifically requested.

The other three other agents at P.S. Literary are also looking for authors:

Carly Watters ~  VP, Senior Literary Agent. 
Carly is actively looking for Literary and Commercial fiction, World literature, Women’s fiction, Literary thrillers, high concept Young Adult novels and Picture books, and up-market nonfiction in Health, Wellness, Pop science and Pop psychology.

Carly also represents select titles in North America for the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency. Carly did her MA in Publishing Studies at City University London in the UK where she worked in the publishing industry at the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency, and Bloomsbury PLC before returning to Canada in 2010 to join the P.S Literary Agency. She blogs here.

Many readers will know what a treasure Carly is from when she’s been my guest speaker at “How to Get Published” workshops.

Maria Vicente ~ Associate Agent
Maria began her publishing career an intern with Bree Ogden at D4EO Literary Agency and then interned at P.S. Literary before joining the agency as an associate agent. Maria has a B.A. in English Lit from Carleton and a Bachelor of Education from Western. She blogs here.

Maria is actively looking for Literary and Commercial fiction, New Adult, high-concept Young Adult, Middle Grade, high-concept Picture Books, and nonfiction in the Pop Culture, Pop Psychology, Design and Lifestyle categories.

Maria was my guest speaker at a How to Get Published workshop Sunday, June 22, in Ottawa.

Curtis Russell ~ President & Principal Agent
Curtis began his publishing career nearly a decade ago as proprietor of a micro press. In 2005 he crossed to the other side of the desk and founded the P.S. Literary Agency. He has a wide-ranging and diverse client list, and is interested in discovering writers with unique ideas, no matter what the category.

Curtis is currently acquiring both fiction and nonfiction. In terms of fiction, he is seeking Literary, Commercial mainstream, Women's fiction, Romance, New Adult, Young Adult and Middle Grade novels, and Mysteries & Thrillers.

In terms of nonfiction, he is looking for Business, History, Politics, Current Affairs, Memoir, Health, Wellness, Sports, Humour, Pop science and Pop psychology.

Query any agent at P.S. Literary at: query@psliterary.com 
No attachments unless specifically requested.  Limit your query to one page and include...
Paragraph One – Introduction: Include the title and category of your work (i.e. fiction or nonfiction and topic), an estimated word count and a brief, general introduction.
Paragraph Two – Mini-synopsis: A concise summary or overview of your work.
Paragraph Three – Writer’s bio: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background (awards and affiliations, etc.).

Full submission requirements here
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Martha Magor Webb
Brian Henry will lead "How to Get Published" workshops in Windsor (for my American readers, that's just across the river from Detroit), on Sunday, May 31, with Martha Magor Webb of the Anne McDermid Agency (see here) and in Mississauga on Saturday, June 20, again with Martha Magor Webb (here).  

Brian will also lead a “Writing for Children & for Young Adults” workshop with Anne Shone, Senior Editor at Scholastic Canada, on Saturday, May 2, in Oakville (see here).

For more information or to register, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Other upcoming workshops, include “Writing great characters,” Saturday, March 28 in Brampton (see here) Saturday, July 11, in Burlington (here), and Saturday, July 18 in Kitchener (here), “Secrets of Writing a Page-turner,” Saturday, April 11, in Peterborough (here), Saturday, May 11, in Barrie (here) and Saturday, June 6, in Georgetown (here), “Writing & Revising” Sunday, April 12, in Ottawa (here),  and “How to Build Your Story,”  Saturday, April 25, in Thessalon (here), Saturday, May 9 in London (here) and Saturday, May 30 in Guelph (here).

Anne Shone
The spring session of Brian’s weekly creative writing courses begins in April See details of all five weekly courses, for beginning to advanced writers, here.

Exploring Creative Writing” will be offered Wednesday evenings in Burlington (see here), “Writing Personal Stories” on Tuesday afternoons in Mississauga (here), “The Next Step in Creative Writing” on Thursday evenings in Georgetown (here) and “Intensive Creative Writing” on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington (here) and Thursday afternoons in Burlington (here).

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
For more information or to reserve a spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Two new books: A Day on the TTC by Ali Lawati and Tranquility by Laurie Gardiner

Hi, Brian.
Here's wishing you and the family a fabulous 2015!
My latest book is A Day on the TTC. This is my second picture book. The book aims to be engaging and educational children's story meant to create awareness about safety when taking public transit. 
Now awailable at www.lawatibooks.com
Thanks,
Ali


Hi, Brian.
I've attended a few of your workshops over the past few years. I thought you might be interested to know that I’ve self-published my book, Tranquility! It's available now as an ebook on Amazon and the paperback release will follow shortly. Here's the link in case you'd like to check it out here.
Thanks!
Laurie Gardiner


See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Oakville, Orillia, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Love Letters ~ Hannah McKinnon's latest story on CommuterLit and three self-published novels.

Yay, Patricia!
Hi, Brian.
I would be very grateful if you would post a notice about my newly published book, Liam, An Irish historical novel, on your blog. 
The book traces the growing up years of Liam, a young boy, who lived in Ireland during the time of the Great Famine (1845-1849). He witnesses starvation, cruelty and deprivation at the hands of the English. Can he surmount his problems? The New World beckons on him. Beset by conflicting emotions, he is forced to decide between remaining in a famine-ridden country or emigrating to a strange country and taking his chances.
Sincere best wishes,
Patricia Hegarty
Patricia's novel is available through iBooks and Smashwords (here). Check it out. She's a magical writer. ~ Brian

Dear Brian,
Several years ago I attended your seminar about writing memoirs and other personal stories. You had Ross Pennie as a guest speaker and he talked about his experience and shared his memoir, The Unforgiving Tides. Your workshop proved significantly helpful. I took copious notes and went back to them again and again.
Because of health and other issues, my book was delayed, but these very things which interrupted my writing became some of my material, and I’ve now self-published my In Other Worlds with Westbow Press and it’s receiving very great reviews as a page turner.
Thank you for being a help to me and many other aspiring writers. Though I had written dozens of articles for journals and a couple of short stories, writing a book was a new kind of project, and your seminar and the example of Ross Pennie were a huge stimulus.
Regards,
John Wilson
Check out John’s memoir of his time in Papua Inodnesia here.
Note: I have an eight-week course in writing memoirs and other personal stories starting in April. Details here. ~ Brian

Hello, Brian.
I like to pass on, that I’ve self-published my book The English Professor with Friesen Press.   Check it out here.
I wish you well,
Gina Iafrate

Hello, Brian.
Here’s my latest story on CommuterLit, ‘The Icing on the Cake” (here).
I wrote it during Brian’s dialogue workshop in Georgetown. The assignment was to write a piece of dialogue in which someone attempted to convince someone else to do something (or not to do something).
Hope you like it!
Hannah McKinnon
You can find links to all seven of Hannah’s stories on CommuterLit here.
For information about submitting to CommuterLit, see here.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Monday, March 23, 2015

We're reading aloud at CJ's Cafe. Don't miss it!

But Tonight, poetry by our hostess,
CJ Martin
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
CJ’s Cafe, 2416 Lakeshore Rd W, Oakville
(On the south side of Lakeshore, just east of Bronte Road, across from a big grocery store. Lots of parking around the back. Map here.)

Welcome to spring. This is the night that graduates of Brian Henry’s “Next Step,” and “Intensive” creative writing classes strut their stuff. We’ll have a line-up of the most amazing emerging writers west of Toronto, and they’ll be reading some of the best work you’ll hear this year. Don’t miss it!

Meanwhile, be sure to check out all the other great stuff going on at CJ’s, home of the best lattes in North America here.

Note: This spring, Brian has six new courses starting for beginners through advanced writers. Read details of all five here.

Here’s the line-up:
"Exploring Creative Writing," Wednesday evenings, April 15 – June 17, in Burlington. Details here.
"Writing Personal Stories," Tuesday afternoons, April 28 – June 16, in Mississauga. Details here.
"Next Step in Creative Writing," Thurs evenings, April 23 – June 25, 1st readings emailed April 16, Georgetown. 
Details here.
"Intensive Creative Writing," Wed afternoons, April 8 – June 24
1st readings emailed April 1, Burlington. Details here.
"Intensive Creative Writing," Thurs afternoons, April 23 – June 251st readings emailed April 16, Burlington. Details here.

Read reviews of Brian's classes and workshops here.
To register, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Book launch for The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir, plus short story and poetry contests from Exile with $17,500 in prizes

You’re invited to a book launch for
The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir

Readings by David Menear, Michael Mirolla, Kelly Robson, Ada Hoffmann and Michael S. Chong - Hosted by David Nickle.

The Dora Keogh Irish Pub
141 Danforth Avenue (east of Broadview)
Tuesday, March 31
Doors open 6:15 (giving you time to get a pint and maybe buy a book) before readings begin at 7:30 
Free Admission
Food and drinks available from the bar menu. 

Noir is a spectrum of an esthetic to be explored, from its hard-boiled home in crime fiction to its grim forays into horror, fantasy, and surrealism, to the dystopian shadows it casts in science fiction, to the mixture of desire and corruption it brings to erotica, on to the blood-spattered romance of the frontier, to the stark nihilism of literary realism. These are but five stories that touch on possible iterations of what noir can mean to daring writers unafraid to explore the dark and weird interzones of their imaginations.

The Meaning of Children by Beverly Akerman
published by Exile Editions
Contests & submissions 
Exile Editions is currently looking to award $10,000 for the best short story by an emerging writer and $5,000 for the best story by a writer at any career point. Max word count 10,00o words. Entry fee $30, includes subscription to Exile Quarterly. Deadline April 13, 2015.
Exile is also awarding $2,000 for the best suite of poems and $500 for the best single poem. Entry fee $25, includes a subscription to Exile Quarterly. Deadline June 8.  You can find details and entry forms here.

Exile Editions is looking for Canadian Steam Punk (and will pay for it). See here. And also for submissions for its The Playground of Lost Toys anthology (deadline April 30). See here

Exile also accepts short pieces for its quarterly. See here.  


See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King, reviewed by Deborah L. Whitehouse

Harper Collins Publishers Ltd. 2014,  Hardcover, $20.73, Kindle $11.99 from Amazon.

In Thomas King’s The Back of the Turtle we’re brought to a native reserve that’s only a ghost-town. It was chemically devastated by accident, looted and abandoned. What could  make Gabriel Quinn, the brilliant scientist who invented the chemical, to return to his former home, now known as The Ruin at Smoke River? Who is truly responsible, and why would anyone visit, let alone remain in the area?

Corporate CEO, Dorian, embodies corporate greed, sickness and evil. At the same time, an abandoned kid named Sonny never gives up his innocent hope for the return of breeding sea turtles to the once thriving tourist hot spot. Stubborn and resilient artist, Mara, paints her pain, while philosophic old soul, Nicholas Crisp, injects wisdom of the ages. Last, but not least, Soldier the stray, provides a special brand of doggy unconditional love to all. In a warm and magical way, Soldier provides love just as needed; seemingly, at the command of Crisp.

Award-winning, best-selling novelist, Thomas King has another great novel to his credit with The Back of the Turtle. King's rich story-telling and quirky characters transport the reader to another world, where Love Canal meets Native and Christian mythology.  Yet even as signs of life return to the area, further dangers loom in the offing. Current and edgy themes of environmental fragility and devastation, corporate greed and mental illness are cleverly and expertly woven and balanced by King, with traditional themes of love, hope, and healing. The reader is left wanting more. Perchance a sequel?

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Deborah L. Whitehouse  has  a keen interest in preserving nature and learning new things. She is happily retired after 33 years with The Niagara Parks Commission and is shifting her focus to creative writing pursuits.


See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.