I enjoy drawing on my years in publishing (latterly with Doubleday and Random House of Canada) to explain the arcana of publishing to authors. I enjoy drawing on my decades of editing and working with writers to interpret their needs and desires to publishers. I relish being 100% on the side of the author.
What I’m looking for
In both fiction and non-fiction I look for a distinctive voice, vivid story-telling, insightful characterization and scintillating prose. If the book has the potential to win awards or attract film deals, all the better. Although I’m taking on only a handful of new clients, I’m always on the lookout for that special new discovery.
I love working with journalists; historians; biographers; I also love memoir, popular science, humour, travel and Big Ideas. What I respond to is the combination of the author’s passion for the subject and their ability to write about it engagingly. In fiction I lean towards novels that are literary but narrative-driven; also to high-quality mysteries, thrillers/suspense and historical fiction. No romance, SF or fantasy. No short-story collections. No children’s books. And in non-fiction, no books of practical advice.
Books I’m particularly proud to have edited or represented
The Wars and Famous Last Words by Timothy Findley; Red China Blues by Jan Wong; The $12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shark by Don Thompson; Karma by Cathy Ostlere; Arrival City by Doug Saunders; Indian Horse, Medicine Walk and Starlight by Richard Wagamese; Kasztner’s Train by Anna Porter; Intolerable by Kamal Al-Solaylee; The First Signs by Genevieve von Petzinger; Empty Planet by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson.
Books I wish I’d edited or represented
Into The Silence by Wade Davis; Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie; Stalin: The Court Of The Red Tsar by Simon Sebag Montefiore; The Year Of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks; The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen; The Scramble For Africa by Thomas Pakenham.
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