I have a new job! I’m going to be Foreign Rights Associate for excellent Toronto-based literary agency The Rights Factory, who handle rights for a whole heap of great people, including one of my favourite Canadian authors, Andrew Kaufman (if you like Wes Anderson films, you should check out Andrew Kaufman’s books. I bet he’s sick of people saying that). I’ll be handling worldwide foreign rights for their children’s and YA list, and also building up my own list of domestic clients, specialising mostly in SFF (I’m still working on how to bring books in translation into the mix).
I am super-excited about this, for many reasons. My very first publishing experience was a short internship at a London literary agency, and on some level I’ve been wanting to get back to agenting ever since. I loved selling rights, but I wanted more editorial input; I love translating, but I’ve always tried to keep one foot in the publishing world. I hope this job will give me the opportunity to do all of that, and potentially even more. I’m thrilled to be getting back into the industry, to be working with children’s books again, to be doing my bit to increase the diversity of the SFF scene and playing my own small part in Making Books Happen.
Right now I’m busy reading my way through the children’s list, making appointments for the next book fair (Book Expo America at the end of this month – it’ll be my first time in New York!) and preparing my list of submissions. It’s been a couple of years since I last did this, but it feels just like coming home.