As with much that is good in life, my career as a literary agent began accidentally. In the late 1970s, a mutual friend introduced me to Peter C. Newman, then Canada’s bestselling non-fiction author. It was intended I should be his lawyer and hire a literary agent to negotiate rights to his magnum opus on the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Shall we say discreetly that the agent was not up to snuff so Peter and I mutually decided that I would take a crack at selling the book. It worked out rather well and now 35 years later, we are in production of the first ever Bell/Netflix series entitled “Frontier” inspired by those volumes. Patience is a virtue.
In the beginning
I first started accumulating literary clients within my law practice; later, Bruce Westwood seduced me to become Chairman of Westwood Creative Artists and to focus not only on book deals for my literary clients but also on the sale of rights for TV, film and other media. Unlike many agents, my background was not purely literary but rather focussed on all aspects of intellectual property including theatre, TV, film, digital, radio and even ballet.
Retirement is for wimps
I am here until, like Rasputin, I am felled by numerous weapons.
My passions, taste and expertise
are largely focused on non-fiction including history, politics, ideas books, memoirs. I have also been privileged to do work in the fiction area with such authors as the late Mordecai Richler.
Founding member of PACLA