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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Historical Fiction Submissions in Canada

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Helen Heller

πŸ’Ό Agency: The Helen Heller Agency

🌍 Location: Toronto, CA

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: https://thehelenhelleragency.com/

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Thriller

Previous clients: Khaled Hosseini, Bruce Holsinger, Nora Murphy

Interested in debut authors

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Cassandra Rodgers

πŸ’Ό Agency: 5 Otter Literary

🌍 Location: Toronto, CA

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: https://fiveotterliterary.com/

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Politics, Sports

Previous clients: Dayle Furlong, Gabriele Wills, James R. Wallen, Kath Jonathan

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Carly Watters

πŸ’Ό Agency: P.S. Literary Agency

🌍 Location: Toronto, CA

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: https://www.psliterary.com/

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Diverse Fiction, LGBTQ, Business Book, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Romance

Previous clients: Colin Mochrie, Mary Akers, Danny Appleby, Jay Onrait, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Lorene Sauro

Interested in debut authors

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Marilyn Biderman

πŸ’Ό Agency: Transatlantic Agency

🌍 Location: Toronto, CA

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: https://www.transatlanticagency.com/

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients: John Delacourt, Cecil Foster, Judith McCormack, Theodora Armstrong

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Kat Foxx

πŸ’Ό Agency: The Rights Factory

🌍 Location: Toronto, CA

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: https://www.therightsfactory.com/Agents/Kat-Foxx

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Query manager submission

Genres: BIPOC, Historical Fiction, Horror, LGBTQ, Memoir, Middle Grade, Nonfiction, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult

Previous clients: Kathryn Caraway, Jody Graydon, Nicola Sammeroff

Interested in debut authors

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Rachel Letofsky

πŸ’Ό Agency: CookeMcDermid

🌍 Location: Toronto, CA

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: https://cookemcdermid.com/

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Commercial Fiction

Previous clients: Danny Ramadan, Cherie Dimaline, Ellen Keith

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Kathryn Willms

πŸ’Ό Agency: The Rights Factory

🌍 Location: Toronto, CA

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: https://www.therightsfactory.com/Agents/Kathryn-Willms

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Action & Adventure, Cookbook, Historical Fiction, Self-Help, Sports

Previous clients: Lisa Brahin, Krista Towns, Laura Pratt, Michelle McIvor, Karen Pierce

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