Carolyn Forde

I have often said that I don’t know how I would navigate the world of publishing without Carolyn Forde and Bruce Westwood. They have been advocates, advisors, and friends over our ten-year relationship, treating me and my work with evident integrity and passion—a blessing to me in my work.

Padma ViswanathanAuthor of The Toss of a Lemon and The Ever-After of Ashwin Rao

I have been at WCA since 2005, and been a shareholder in the agency since 2010. I have a B.A. Hons in English Literature and History from Trent University (year abroad at Liverpool Hope University), earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Publishing Sciences from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, and completed the Simon Fraser University Publishing Intensive course in Vancouver. I have lived and worked in Japan, Mexico and the Czech Republic and am a dual citizen of Canada and the UK.

I am looking for books that I can’t put down

In fiction I’m either so absorbed with the world and the story or so affected by the language and characters that I’ll stay up past my bedtime. I like books that feel like treats, not work. I know I’m onto something when I want to press a book into the hands of my friends saying, “you MUST read this,” because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they will love it.

Fiction

I love literary fiction and fiction with a commercial bent, psychological thrillers, women’s fiction, literary horror, crime, and whimsical almost-fantasy books. I’d love to find some indigenous authors too, as I don’t think we hear their voices enough. I’m not looking for military or CIA inspired fiction, climate thrillers, high fantasy, cozy mysteries, romance, erotica, poetry or humour.

Non-fiction

I like an unusual tale in memoir, a book that I can learn from, also something from an expert in a field on a current issue, and narrative non-fiction that expands the reader’s world. I’m not looking for memoirs about illness (not because they aren’t valid but because I don’t like to read them). The writing and the story are both paramount.

I am interested in books that have international appeal.

I travel to both the London Book Fair and the Frankfurt Book Fair each year on behalf of WCA and work closely with our co-agents around the world. I also travel to New York regularly and maintain relationships with many editors there.

In recent years I have been a speaker or mentor at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference, Muskoka Literary Festival, DarkLit Literary Festival, Word on the Street, Writers Group of Durham, Ontario Writers’ Conference, Diaspora Dialogues and the Canadian Authors Association. I love these opportunities and am always looking to do more speaking. When I’m not reading referred submissions or digging in the slush pile for a gem, I’m usually cuddled up with my cat, or exploring Toronto and beyond with my husband.

Founding member of PACLA

I consider myself incredibly lucky to have signed on with such a fantastic agent and agency. Carolyn not only represents my current work internationally but also takes into consideration where I’d like to be as an author ten years from now. She manages expectations in the current publishing climate seamlessly and accurately and I continue to learn more and more about how the publishing industry works. What I see from the writing chair is Westwood Creative continuously gets my works in front of the right editors, both in North America and internationally. I wouldn’t have the career I do if not for Westwood Creative and can’t recommend them enough.

Kristi CharishAuthor of the Owl and the Japanese Circus series and the Voodoo Killings series.

A big thank you to Carolyn Forde for pulling me out of the slush pile and offering to represent me a mere 48 hours later. With two books on the shelf and two more under contract, Carolyn’s talent and enthusiasm—along with the support of the entire Westwood Creative Artists team—has allowed me to pursue this career I love, and I’m grateful and honoured to be a Westwood author!

Karma BrownAuthor of Come Away With Me and The Choices We Make

Selected Clients

Non-fiction

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