Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Literary Agent Rachel Letofsky- Cooke Agency


Let’s get to know agent Rachel Letofsky from The Cooke Agency.

Rachel graduated from the Humber Creative Book Publishing Program and the University of Toronto, where she specialized in English Literature. She joined the Cooke Agency in 2010, and works as the Senior Literary Assistant.

I had the chance to meet Rachel at the 2012 PNWA summer conference. She shared with attendees that she is looking to build her own list in the areas of YA, especially historical and fantasy. In the adult realm, she is looking for literary fiction.

As an added bonus, Rachel is interested in working with unpublished authors to help guide them in the right direction.

Her advice to writers- Do your research. Look at our submission guidelines and follow them. Include a sample of your writing. And most importantly, use a normal 12 pt. font. She is tired of getting weird funky fonts and colors.

What to do if you want to submit?- Make sure to mark your submission to Rachel. Below are the website guidelines. EMAIL only.

“To Query
Please begin with an email query only — no attachments. Email queries should be directed to Elizabeth Griffin at egriffin@cookeagency.ca, but you may mark your submission to the attention of a specific agent. In the subject line, you must include "Author Query" to get around the spam filter. Please also include your name and the title of your work.
Note: We do not accept queries or submissions by mail.
Your query should include:
— the genre (e.g., fiction – fantasy; non-fiction – biography)
— a brief description of the book
— the approximate word count
— if non-fiction, the table of contents
— a brief bio that includes your writing experience, relevant qualifications, published works, awards, etc.
— your contact information
— the submission history of the project
— the first four pages of your manuscript in the body of the email
If we are interested to see more, we will then invite you to send further material.”

For more information check out the agency website at www.cookeagency.ca .

6 comments:

  1. Thanks Dorine. Rachel sounds like an awesome agent and I hadn't heard of her.

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    1. Yes, I only got to know her because of the conference. She is not listed directly on their site.

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  2. Just came across your blog and interviews...great stuff and very helpful! Thanks!

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  3. Just came across your blog and interviews...great stuff and very helpful! Thanks!

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  5. Thanks for your agents and editors information, Dorine. I hope to pitch to Rachel at the upcoming PNWA conference, and I look forward to meeting you there.

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