Literary Agent

I’m a literary agent based in Toronto. I work for The Rights Factory, a boutique agency with a great track record of finding and nurturing debut authors, and I’m keen to continue that tradition – I’m not just looking to sell your one book, I’m looking to help you build your career. I’m a foreign rights specialist, and I look to sell into as many territories as I can. I am a member of PACLA.

For fiction, I’m mostly looking for science fiction and fantasy titles for adults, because that’s where my heart is, but I’m tempted by anything out-of-the-ordinary – if your manuscript fits some of my other criteria but isn’t SFF/isn’t for adults then do please submit anyway. I love strong, inventive worldbuilding and unusual protagonists, and I’m a sucker for books inspired by folklore from around the world. I’m interested in unusual or little-known historical settings (either alt-history or actual real history) and I love books with a strong sense of place (real or imaginary) – I want to feel transported when I read. I’m not super-keen on romance, and I find love/hate ‘I loathe him for his arrogance but somehow I can’t resist him’-type dynamics particularly off-putting.

I know the Bechdel Test is not the be-all and end-all of feminist criticism, but it’s fair to say that I will not take a book that doesn’t pass that test. I strongly believe that we need diverse books written by diverse authors, and I aim to support and encourage authors from marginalised groups in any way I can. I’m also interested in representing books that have been translated into English, though that’s usually something I discuss with agents in other countries.

I’m also looking for narrative non-fiction proposals on a wide range of topics – history, travel, popular science, biography, or any other area where there are interesting stories to tell.

I have a manuscript wish list here which I update whenever I feel like it.

If you’re an unpublished author and you think we could work together, please read this post and this post, and then (if applicable) use the contact form here to submit your query letter.

17 Responses to Literary Agent

  1. pibarrington says:

    Oh! If only I’d seen this before I submitted The Brede Chronicles to a new publisher! It would have been perfect for you I think!

  2. Coconut says:

    Hi Lydia! Sounds great for me and I would like to send you my query but I live in the South Pacific… ? Sunny regards!

  3. Heather says:

    Do you only rep unpublished authors? Or would take on already published authors?

  4. Hi Lydia,

    I sent you a query but it turned out quite squashed. Hope it isn’t too long winded for you.

  5. Layne says:

    Submitted to you, but it looks like the formatting got messed up.

  6. Lisa Hope says:

    Congratulations on your new position! Are you only interested in Adult SF/F or would you consider a YA SF/F? I saw your Tweet for MSWL and can solve your alien/space need/craving.

  7. Your submission web form scares me. Ha ha. 🙂 Are you expecting only query letters with no pages, or are you expecting a certain number of pages to be included after the “body” of the message that we submit? I’m not clear on your submission guidelines. Please advise and thanks!! “:)

    • Lydia says:

      My submission guidelines say ‘use the contact form here to submit your query letter’, which just means query letter – no attachments, no copy-pasted pages from the MS, just the query letter. Thanks for checking 🙂

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