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25 Oct

I am very excited to announce that my author Todd MacLean, Editor-in-Chief of Global Chorus, is going to be interviewed by Jian Ghomeshi on Q!

The interview will be done in front of a live hometown audience in PEI on November 7th at Confederation Centre, and aired on Friday, November 8th.

I am thrilled by the fantastic coverage Global Chorus has been receiving, and I can only imagine that Todd’s interview with Jian is going to catapult the project into the limelight on a much grander scale. An important book like this deserves an international spotlight on it. This is a book that has the potential to inspire change and make a real impact on an  environmental and global level, and I am so proud of Todd and all that he has accomplished! It’s been such an honour being involved on such an important project.

But don’t just take my word for it. To learn more about Global Chorus, tune in on the 8th!

http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2013/09/12/q-live-in-pei/

http://globalchorus.ca

Global Chorus finds a home at Rocky Mountain Books!

18 Sep

I am very pleased to announce that Global Chorus has found a home with the West Coast Canadian publisher Rocky Mountain Books http://www.rmbooks.com

Global Chorus contains contributions from some of the world’s most renowned leaders such as David Suzuki, Jane Goodall, Nelson Mandela, and Stephen Hawking, who have come together to give their honest opinion on the fate of the planet and whether or not there is still indeed hope for a healthy and reciprocal relationship with our planet earth. The individual essays are framed as a set of 365 daily meditations, thereby providing a practical means for readers to ingest this diversity of thoughts and ideas. In this way, Global Chorus is sure to be shocking in its truths and predictions, as well as inspirational and motivational in its messages of hope and optimism.

We are at a critical point in our civilization; garnering the appropriate knowledge to shield ourselves is no longer enough: we must apply it. We need to adopt a more minimalistic approach to our lives; strive for that reciprocal relationship with the planet: tread lightly. E.F. Schumacher was absolutely correct when he stated that ‘ the concentration and expansion of needs is the antithesis of wisdom; it is also the antithesis of freedom and peace’, and that ‘Ever bigger machines, entailing ever bigger concentrations of economic power and exerting ever greater violence against the environment, does not represent progress: they are a denial of wisdom.’ This sentiment brings to mind the great Law of the Iroquois that states, “In our every deliberation, we must consider the impacts of our decisions on the next seven generations.”

Global Chorus is not only going to highlight these issues; the individual essays are there to act as a guide for readers on how to build a more sustainable and mutually beneficial relationship between themselves and the planet.

This is our most pivotal hour. What we need most is to spark imaginations, to ignite our passions. We need to raise our voices in a global chorus.

My Heart Is Not My Own hits bookshelves…

5 Aug

Michael’s book hits bookshelves across Canada starting tomorrow, and I cannot stress how beneficial it would be to you and your bookshelf if you were to acquire a copy of My Heart Is Not My Own.

I think it’s safe to assume that everyone who worked on this book is super excited to see the end result hit bookstores tomorrow. Beyond the excitement, I know we are all (Penguin, and The Rights Factory) of the opinion that this book is special and deserving of attention, and we are hopeful that the readers will share in our enthusiasm. I truly do foresee great things for Michael and this book!

To better promote My Heart Is Not My Own, Penguin has launched some book events out West. As his agent, I wanted the book to receive some coverage in the Toronto area, and so our agency is hosting a book launch for Michael at Type Books on September, 23rd. If you are interested in attending the event at Type, please drop me a line at drea@therightsfactory.com and I will add you to the mailing list for the official evite.

To further promote the book, Michael is going to be a contributing editor to the National Post for four articles starting August 6th and running until August 9th. I will be posting the links on here and via Twitter.

I am just so thrilled for Michael, and am so happy that we’ve had this opportunity to work together. I am also incredibly grateful to Adrienne Kerr over at Penguin for spotting the potential in M’s work and taking the time to work with Michael to make the book the best that it could be. I will no doubt be rushing into several of Toronto’s bookstores tomorrow to see where the book has been placed (and maybe pulling a Celeste, and moving the book to the staff picks area) and have already pitched the book as a fall read for multiple Toronto based book clubs who seem eager to get their hands on a copy.

My Heart Is Not My Own can be found in all good Canadian bookstores starting August 6th, 2013. The book will also be available for purchase on Amazon. But I would urge you to buy a copy from your favourite indie bookstore. Please support the independents, and keep the indie bookstores doors open.

Speaking of independent bookstores, this is a video Type Books created last year. I think it is going to be the perfect venue for the launch! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKVcQnyEIT81002584_353942654736428_1672091179_n

My Heart Is Not My Own

1 May

It’s official, my author Michael Wuitchik’s debut novel will be out on bookshelves this August!

http://penguin.ca/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780143187981,00.html?MY_HEART_IS_NOT_MY_OWN

If you might recall, the book had originally been under the title Three Stone Fire. The renaming of the novel came about after a lovely phone chat between myself, Michael, and his editor Adrienne. It was our mutual feeling, that the current title did not do the story justice. Michael’s wife Shelley had made reference to a particular line in the novel, and it was unanimously agreed that she had hit upon something special.

It was in that instant, the emotionally charged, and perfectly apt title My Heart Is Not My Own was born.

As soon as I heard it, I knew it was the right title for Michael’s novel. In my mind, a title like this speaks to readers on both an emotional and cerebral level. Not only does it immediately tug on the heart strings, it also leaves the meaning of the contents of the novel open to subjective contemplation. Adding a level of mysteriousness to the novel; piquing the curiosity of the readership.

And if the title is not enough to spark your interest; the lovely endorsements that are coming in for Michael’s novel should suffice in persuading the readers of the world to dive right in.

“My Heart Is Not My Own is not an easy read. But books that compel us to leave
the comfort of our worlds to understand the humanity of others seldom are. It
is a testament to the strength of Wuitchik’s courageous characters that we are
not left without a sense of hope. This is a book worth spending time with.”
—Yejide Kilanko, bestselling author of Daughters Who Walk This Path

As will the gorgeous cover that Penguin has designed. Visually, it is stunning. (see above link)

All in all, I think Michael’s book contains all of the key elements that make for a great book.    I am just so grateful I had the opportunity to work with him on it, and see it through to publication. It’s been such an amazing journey, and I look forward to keeping on down this path with him.

An excerpt of Kilea

20 Feb

It is with great pleasure that I share with you an excerpt of the literary novel Kilea by Helen McClory.  Necessary Fiction, a literary web journal, has selected a passage of Kilea to share with their readers.

On reading the first few pages of Kilea, I instantly knew that Helen was someone I had to work with. The voice of Kilea was so unique and tender, that I was immediately mesmerized by her narrative. As a reader, you want nothing more than to protect Kilea from the loathsome minister, and to see redemption served…

Helen’s crafting of characters and setting, is as equally absorbing as it is haunting. Eliciting a roller coaster of emotions, Kilea is a beautifully stark and touching tale that resonates with the reader long after the final pages have been read.

To read the excerpt, go to:

http://necessaryfiction.com/stories/HelenMcCloryExcerptfromKilea

International talent? Oui. Bon.

10 Oct

Being a Canadian literary agent, most of my queries are from local writers. This makes sense. As a Toronto based writer, you are likely under the impression that garnering a Toronto based agent is the way to go. And it is. The lovely thing about working with local talent, is that I can actually have face-to-face contact with them. Our dialogue is not limited to static ridden Skype sessions, or epic emails. I enjoy working with Canadian authors. Especially when it means a getaway weekend to Montreal or Ottawa. When it comes to my authors, I do in fact, go the distance. With that being said, it is impossible to have a lucrative career as an agent when you are solely working with Canadian talent. This has nothing to do with the writers themselves, but rather the lack of publishing houses and editors. Submissions must be scarce, as there are only so many editors, and it is imperative that you space out your submissions accordingly. Otherwise, you are going to be barking up the same tree time and time again. Clearly, this is going to lead to strained relationships with the editors, and it is in my best interest as an agent to keep a healthy and happy working relationship with the local editors. So, the only solution is to build a client list that is comprised of international talent. I still plan to work with a few Canadian authors, but for the most part I am seeking writers from the US, and overseas. Do not get me wrong, this is not a slight against the editors themselves, but rather a means of building myself a viable role in the publishing world. A means of survival in the harsh world of agenting. As an agent to international talent, I know that it is possible to maintain a successful working relationship with these writers, even if it is from across the pond. I am heading to the UK next month, where I will be meeting with a few of my London based authors. It is important to me to have that personal contact with my clients. I wasn’t kidding when I said that I would go the distance.

No one writes to the colonel

6 Oct

My previous post was on the subject of author queries, and the best approach to querying an agent. But what should an author do when they submit their query, and then never receive any kind of response from the agent? If this happens, it means a) the agent has passed on your query, or b) your query has been lost in a sea of queries, and overlooked by the agent. Although the latter scenario is less likely to occur, it still does happen. My advice to writers, is if you reach out and do not hear anything within the 6-8 week period then chances are the agent is not interested in your query and you should look to another agency for representation. In an instance where you do have some initial contact with the agent (they request a partial etc.), but then never hear back, this means the agent has chosen to pass on your work and for whatever reason did not inform you of their decision. Most agents do their best in responding to writers in these instances, as most agents recognize that even a rejection is preferable over no contact at all. Unfortunately, there are going to be times when the agent simply forgets to respond, and my advice would be to let sleeping dogs lie. Yes, it’s unfortunate when this happens, but the fact remains that whether or not the agent gets back to you, they have decided to reject your work. So, unless you are adamant to receive some feedback, I would move on and focus your attention elsewhere.