Agents and Publishers

Marty Gervais
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Marty Gervais

Marty Gervais is Windsor’s first poet laureate. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Toronto’s Harbourfront Festival Prize (1998) for his contributions to Canadian letters, was awarded the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award, and has won 16 Ontario Newspaper Awards for journalism.

In 2006, Gervais and his work were the subject of an award-winningBravo Television episode of Heart of a Poet produced by Canadian filmmaker, Maureen Judge. Gervais teaches at the University of Windsor.

Michelle L. Johnson
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Michelle L. Johnson

Michelle Johnson is a literary agent, the founder of Inklings Literary Agency and has a business administration background in addition to a lifetime of working with books (sales, editing, and writing) and authors (marketing, promoting, event planning), and also has been a script/story consultant for an independent film. Before founding Inklings Literary Agency, she was with Corvisiero Literary Agency in New York. She has spent many years in the editing field for private clients and multiple independent publishing houses. She has also owned and operated a Writers’ Center and Bookstore in Virginia Beach, organizing numerous special events for authors and artists alike.

In fiction Michelle looks for Contemporary, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Horror, Fantasy, including Paranormal and Supernatural elements within those genres. She is also interested in romance of every heat level, including very well written erotica. In Non Fiction, she is interested in Memoir, True Crime. She is especially fond of plot twists that surprise her and deep, well-rounded characters that make her laugh and cry. Not looking for: Textbooks, Cookbooks, Short Stories, Picture Books, Poetry, Coffee Table Books, Christian Fiction, Screenplays, Steampunk.

Laurie Smith
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Laurie Smith

B. Ed., M.A. has taught Creative Writing for Parks and Recreation, University of Windsor Summer Discovery and in independent workshops.Twice winner of the Mayor’s Award of Excellence in the Arts, she was also the first recipient of the Adele Wiseman Poetry Prize and was short listed for Poet Laureate of Windsor. Additional prizes in both poetry and short fiction have been awarded by Secrets of the Orange Couch, The Guelph Alumnus, The Lance, Express Magazine, Blue Moon Press, Canadian Poetry Association, Detroit Women Writers, Ontario Arts Council Writers Reserve, etc.

Poetry collections include gall/stones (Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Ink, 1995); One Ninth of a Cat’s Life (Cranberry Tree Press, 1999) menagerie (winner of the Literary Arts Windsor poetry chapbook contest, 2004) and The Truth About Roller Skating. Smith’s individual work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies in Canada and the U.S. One of her proudest moments was a third place finish internationally in “The Great Canadian Panty Poem Contest.” In 1995, she co-founded Cranberry Tree Press with Lenore Langs. In addition to independent contract editing and coaching in all genres, Smith currently leads adult Creative Writing workshops at Juniper Books and tutors youngsters.

Martha Webb
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Martha Webb

Martha is a literary agent, director and full partner at The McDermid Agency. Her list focuses on literary fiction, narrative non-fiction (including investigative journalism and memoir), and ideas-driven nonfiction, such as popular science and popular philosophy. Her clients include award-winning fiction writers Michael Crummey, Nino Ricci, Jessica Grant, Joan Thomas, Alison Pick, and Pasha Malla, journalists Robyn Doolittle (author of Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story) and Deborah Campbell, indigenous lawyer and activist Caleb Behn, restaurateur Jen Agg of The Black Hoof, Andrew Westoll, winner of the 2011 RBC (Charles) Taylor Prize, graphic memoirist Sarah Lazarovic, and Karen Le Billon, whose first book French Kids Eat Everything sold into thirteen countries and translated into ten languages. She also represents many debut novelists. She holds an MA in Literature from the University of Edinburgh, and has been with the agency since 2005.

Sue Miller
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Sue Miller

Sue Miller is an associate literary agent at Donaghy Literary Group, with a special love for romance, young adult, fantasy and literary fiction. Her publishing career began in Toronto working with Fidalgo Books in PR and in sales at Scholastic Canada. This quickly progressed into literary consultations with published and unpublished authors who sought her penchant for preparing a body of work to be submission and publication ready. She has also prepared numerous social media marketing strategies centred on specific author branding. She holds a BA in English from York University along with a Publishing Certificate from Ryerson University. She is delighted to be a part of the Donaghy Literary Group, which mirrors her belief in the importance of results driven, quality and sincere author representation.

She is seeking to partner with new, diverse voices in Young Adult (all genres), Literary, Upmarket and Commercial Fiction, character-driven Romance (all subgenres except historical). You can view a detailed list at http://www.donaghyliterary.com.

How to submit: Sue is currently accepting queries through the Donaghy Literary Group submissions page. Please follow the submission guidelines on the DLG website.

Christopher Rhodes
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Christopher Rhodes
Christopher Rhodes is a literary agent with The Stuart Agency in NYC who specializes in literary fiction and nonfiction. Christopher is actively seeking queries in the following areas: literary fiction (including thriller and horror); connected stories/essays (humorous and serious); memoir; creative/narrative nonfiction; history; religion; pop culture; and art & design. Before joining The Stuart Agency, Christopher was an agent at The James Fitzgerald Agency and before that he worked at The Carol Mann Agency and in the sales and marketing departments at Simon and Schuster. In his short career, Christopher has placed a wide range of book projects including W.B. Belcher’s debut novel Lay Down Your Weary Tune (Other Press, 2016) Jennifer Pashley’s debut novel The Scamp (Tin House Books, 2015), Montana Prize in Fiction winner Taylor Brown’s three novels Fallen Land, The River of Kings, and Ghosts of Howl Mountain (St. Martin’s Press, ), Andrew Hilleman’s debut novel World, Chase Me Down (Penguin 2017), Flannery O’Conner Award for Fiction winner Peter Selgin’s memoir The Inventors (Hawthorne Books, 2016), Bellwether Prize winner Gayle Brandeis’ memoir The Art of Misdiagnosis (Beacon Press 2017) and Gwendolyn Knapp’s humorous memoir After a While You Just Get Used to It – A Tale of Family Clutter (Gotham Books,2015), among others.

Christopher Rhodes
Literary Agent
The Stuart Agency
250 W. 52nd St., #25C
New York, NY 10019
646-872-9437
http://www.stuartagency.com/
Twitter: CR_agent

Chris Edwards
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Chris Edwards

Author, Photographer, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Digital NomadMA in Communications Studies, University of Windsor. Thirty years active in digital design & publishing… CEO at Walkerville Publishing Inc.; artisanal publisher of more than 30 book titles; Walkerville Publishing assists authors interested in self-publishing high-quality, professionally edited and designed soft and hardcover books; Author/co-author 7 books, including two Canadian bestsellers; Best of the Times Magazine – 2 editions; 500 Ways You Know You’re From Windsor; Founder and Publisher of The Walkerville Times – community magazine for Walkerville Ontario (59 issues and counting); Numerous tours and presentations focused on Windsor’s glorious past, including Prohibition and Walkerville.

Instructor, Digital Design: St. Clair College MediaPlex

Splits time living in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia and Walkerville, Ontario, an historic 19th century company town founded by whisky magnate Hiram Walker

Online:

walkerville.com

walkervilletimes.com

thetimesmagazine.com

VanishingAct.org

Daniel Lockhart
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Daniel Lockhart

D.A. Lockhart holds a MFA from Indiana University and currently resides in Windsor, ON Canada. His work has appeared in the Windsor Review, the Sugar House Review, Construction, COE Review, and the Straylight Magazine. He is editor-in-chief at Urban Farmhouse Press and is a librarian and an adjunct instruction of English at Rochester College in Rochester Hills, MI.He is a 2014 recipient of an Arts Council of Canada grant for Aboriginal Art and is currently working on poetry collection tentative entitled “Between Shining Waters”.

Stacey Donaghy
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Stacey Donaghy

Stacey Donaghy is a literary agent and founder of the Donaghy Literary Group, her journey into agenting began with CLA in New York. She loves discovering new voices and works with writers to build long-term careers. With education and training in the areas of Management, Social Services and Adult Education, Stacey brings a wealth of technical and professional experience to the literary world. As an agent and former manager in the field of Education and Training, her experience includes team management, curriculum development, developmental and academic editing, marketing, creative design, publishing, proposal writing, contract negotiations and public speaking. Her training also includes Principled Negotiation Techniques as it applies to relationships and contracts. Her client projects have sold to Publishing Houses such as Harpercollins, Simon and Schuster, Hachette Book Group USA, Sourcebooks, Kensington, Curiosity Quills Press and others. Stacey represents NY Times, USA Today, and Amazon Bestselling Authors, as well as Authors who have been nominated or have won awards for various works.

In fiction, Stacey is looking for romantic suspense, contemporary romance, thriller, mystery, diverse books that highlight different cultures or LGBTQ subject matter, as well as young adult and middle grade with quirky and memorable characters.

She is not interested in receiving, sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, paranormal, supernatural, historical or literary fiction. No picture books, non-fiction, textbooks, self-help, screenplays, Christian fiction or cookbooks.

To learn more about Stacey’s manuscript wishlist and Donaghy Literary Group Visit: http://www.donaghyliterary.com.

Sam Hiyate
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Sam Hiyate

Sam is president of The Rights Factory, a boutique literary agency. In his 24-year publishing career, he has worked at literary magazines, small presses and with New York Times bestselling authors, editing and representing everything from debut fiction, memoir and narrative non-fiction to graphic novels. He has taught writing and publishing for 15 years privately and also at various universities. His most recent project is an online magazine, Don’t Talk to Me About Love, exploring love in literary and artistic works.