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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Nonfiction Submissions in Canada

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Curtis Russell

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, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Politics, Self-Help, Sports, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book

Previous clients: Pamela Beason, Nick Powdthavee, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Gerry Dee, Tommy Europe

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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Cecilia Lyra

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, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, Feminism, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Lene Andersen, Jenna Ferrey, Amy Rosen, Jessica Hinkson

Interested in debut authors

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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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Maria Vicente

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, Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, BIPOC, LGBTQ, Memoir, Fantasy, Horror, Literary Fiction, Picture Book

Previous clients: Ashley Robin Franklin, Josh Palange, Whitney Taylor King, Ruth Hammond

Interested in debut authors

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Chelene Knight

πŸ’Ό Agency: Transatlantic Agency

🌍 Location: Toronto, CA

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir

Previous clients: Garvia Bailey, Amanda Brugel, Bee Quammie, Kai Thomas

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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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Nour Sallam

πŸ’Ό Agency: P.S. Literary

🌍 Location: Toronto, CA

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: BIPOC, Commercial Fiction, Diverse Fiction, Fiction, Horror, LGBTQ, Mystery, Nonfiction, #ownvoices, Politics, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult

Previous clients: Building client list

Interested in debut authors

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Timothy Travaglini

πŸ’Ό Agency: Transatlantic Agency

🌍 Location: Toronto, CA

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Politics, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book

Previous clients: Patrick O'Brien, James Rallison, Joe Dator, Marilyn Daigle

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What do literary agents do?

A literary agent represents your book to acquiring editors who want to publish it. In other words, an agent gets your foot in the door of a publishing house β€” and onto the path of getting traditionally published. 

In addition to championing you and your writing and serving as your point of contact with others in publishing, literary agents understand editors’ tastes and the types of books that publishers are looking to add to their lists β€” a crucial component in getting any publishing house to invest in the works of new authors. Since most big publishers don’t accept unsolicited submissions, getting a literary agent who’s accepting submissions is the most realistic route to traditional publication, particularly for debut authors.

Aside from getting your foot in the door, what else do literary agents do?

  • They are expert negotiators, combining publishing acumen with a nose for the value of good, sellable writing;
  • They act as mediators between you and your publisher (when you don’t want to hurt your working relationship with an editor by talking brass tacks);
  • They manage the financial and marketing side of things while you concentrate on the writing; and
  • They often have strong editorial skills, helping refine your manuscript before you send it to a publisher.

As you might've guessed, literary agents are especially important for debut authors, who often don't have a starting point in the vast maze that is the publishing industry. That's what a literary agent will become for you: a guide to help you throughout the publishing process, and kickstart your publishing career. 

New authors might be intimidated by the wealth of information and cautionary signs in the industry. It's especially tricky to research literary agents when some are open to submissions from new authors, and some are not.

If you're one of those debut authors, don't fret! We've got you covered with the resources that you need to gain your bearings.

Resources for new authors landing a literary agent in 2024

You might think that a great book is all you need to catch a literary agent’s attention. But you’ll need to put in a good amount of work to land them β€” and that includes everything from the careful study of each agent's wishlist to personalizing your query letter for each candidate..

Whether you’re a new author learning how to research literary agents or an experienced writer refining your query letter, here are the resources that can give you a headstart.

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