Request for an Appointment with an Agent or Editor
We’re putting a new twist on the agent appointments this year, and adding some editors into the mix! We’ll have two top-notch agents and two acquiring editors, all keen to hear your pitches. And this year you’ll also have the chance to choose the agent/editor you meet with, on a first-come, first-served basis.
This service is open only to registered attendees of Bloody Words 2014. Sometime during the conference (probably on Friday evening), you will have a 10- to 15-minute meeting with an agent to pitch your book idea and to discuss representation. Do not bring your manuscript with you to this meeting; if the agent or editor you’ve chosen wants you to bring a synopsis or sample of your work, we’ll let you know this beforehand.
We’ll be announcing the four participating editors and agents very soon, but if you’ve registered for Bloody Words and want an appointment, you can reserve your place in line NOW.
To request an appointment with an agent or editor, please print this form, fill it out, and mail it to the address at the bottom of the form.
Important: You’ll notice this year’s form has a space for you to write down the name of the agent or editor you want to see, as well as your second, third, and fourth choices in order of preference. For now, you can just leave those lines blank—once we’ve announced the names of this year’s editors and agents, you can email our agent wrangler to register your choices. The important thing right now is to reserve your place!
Our agent wrangler will be in touch to let you know your appointment time, and to give you a few tips on making a strong pitch. If you haven’t heard from her by one week before Bloody Words or if you have any other questions about your appointment, contact our agent wrangler. Remember, each editor and agent will have only 13 openings for Friday night’s pitch session, and they’re allotted on a first come, first served basis. So get your form in early if you want a spot!
Associate Publisher, Simon & Schuster Canada
Alison has been connecting Canadian authors to readers for many years. Along with helping to develop the Canadian program, Alison acquires, edits, and champions Canadian authors with her international colleagues. She’s worked with many wonderful S&S Canada authors including Deryn Collier, Robert Rotenberg, Brad Smith, Rob Pobi, Sean Slater, David Rotenberg, Andrew Pyper, and Susanna Kearsley. Alison is always on the hunt for new writing talent.
Denise (Deni) Dietz
Senior Editor, Five Star Mysteries
Deni has been in the publishing business for 25 years and has been reading fiction for mumble-mumble years longer than that. In grade school, she tried to hide her mom’s hardcover Gone with the Wind inside her Dick and Jane reader. She got caught, learned her lesson, and hid her dad’s Perry Mason paperbacks instead. Deni still feels the same sense of joy and discovery when she reads a non-clichéd, well-written, character-driven novel. An author as well as an editor, Deni’s written the bestselling Ellie Bernstein/Lt. Peter Miller diet club series plus 17 other novels, novellas, and stories. She likes working with new authors and with a range of crime subgenres, including cozy, thriller, historical, SF/fantasy, dystopian, suspense, amateur sleuth, police procedural… you name it.
Agent, The Rights Factory
Olga joined The Rights Factory in 2013. A graduate of Humber’s Creative Book Publishing Program, she spent over a decade as a sales manager and book buyer for various national and independent book store chains as well as two years as a literary assistant at The Cooke Agency. While she will read anything that may set her book clubs on fire, Olga gravitates towards commercial and historical fiction; great genre fiction in the area of romance and mystery; non-fiction in the field of business, wellness, lifestyle, and memoir; and young adult and middle grade novels with memorable characters. In her spare time, Olga sits on library boards, organizes literary festivals and runs more book clubs than she can count.
Agent, The Cooke Agency
Rachel is a graduate from both the Humber Creative Book Publishing Program and the University of Toronto, where she specialized in English literature. She began working for The Cooke Agency in 2010. Rachel works closely with the lead agents to develop projects, regularly liaises with editors and publishers, and is now building her own list of clients. While at the Bloody Words 2014 conference, she will be acting as eyes and ears for the whole agency – so if something is not a good fit for her list, she will be happy to play matchmaker on your behalf with another agent at TCA. Rachel is particularly committed to working with unpublished authors in a focused, collaborative and hands-on manner.