Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Léonicka Valcius of Transatlantic Agency

Screen Shot 2018-11-13 at 10.57.13 PM.pngLéonicka Valcius is a literary agent with Transatlantic Agency.

I am eager to work with people of color, including (but not limited to) trans people, disabled people, religious minorities, and queer folks.

“In adult and young adult fiction, I like fun commercial fiction, romance that ranges from sweet to steamy, otherworldly fantasy, and sweeping historical fiction. I do not represent mysteries or thrillers.

“In adult nonfiction, I like narrative nonfiction that explains complex issues through the lens of a personal story. I am also seeking books that straddle the self-help/lifestyle line (#selfcare #liveyourbestlife) and the self-help/business line (#productivityhack #riseandgrind).

“For middle grade and younger, I love humour, adventure, and make believe. I also enjoy stories about children navigating their changing relationships with family and friends. I strongly prefer books with at least one human character.”


Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Lindsay Leggett of The Rights Factory

Screen Shot 2018-11-13 at 10.53.04 PM.pngLindsay Leggett is a literary agent with The Rights Factory.

Lindsay grew up in the frozen wilds of Northern Ontario, and turned a love of reading and writing into a passion for editing. After working for a variety of authors and publishers, she found a home at The Rights Factory.

Lindsay is focused on young adult, middle grade, and children’s books with unique, engaging, and diverse world’s and unforgettable characters. Within these kidlit realms, she would like to see horror, thriller, magical realism, fantasy, science fiction, LGBTTQIA+, #ownvoices.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Nicole Bezanson of Metamorphosis Literary Agency

Screen Shot 2018-11-23 at 7.50.56 PM.pngNicole Bea is a literary agent at Metamorphosis Literary Agency. At the 2019 event, she will be taking pitches on behalf of both herself and all her co-agents at the agency.

Personally, Nicole seeks #ownvoices, contemporary fiction in ages 16+, and YA in all forms and genres, particularly with romance or mystery subplots. Manuscripts featuring animal appearances are always appreciated, cats and horses in particular, as are stories taking place in Canada.

Also, Nicole is happy to hear pitches for acquiring co-agents for the following:

  • romance in all age groups and genres
  • women’s fiction
  • contemporary stories in both adult and young adult
  • sports stories of any kind
  • Any kind of young adult fiction
  • paranormal (romance or not)
  • horror
  • general fiction
  • LGBTQ+
  • book club reads
  • adult science fiction and fantasy
  • thrillers

Nicole is a short story author & novelist who primarily focuses on contemporary teen fiction. An avid storyteller since childhood, she has honed her skills through a variety of different educational programs. When she isn’t busy updating her manuscript portfolio, she can usually be found reading, avoiding domestic chores, & pursuing her new hobby of learning how to cook. She & her husband share their home in Eastern Canada with a collection of disabled cats and a lifetime’s worth of books.


Get to Know an Agent in Attedance: Paige Sisley of CookeMcDermid

Screen Shot 2018-11-13 at 10.43.58 PM.pngPaige Sisley is a literary agent at CookeMcDermid.

She is currently seeking well-written commercial fiction that both entertains and has something to say, and she is always on the lookout for nonfiction in the memoir, lifestyle, and health & wellness areas.

In addition to developing her own list, Paige oversees CookeMcDermid clients’ film and TV rights and handles marketing and publicity for the agency. Previously, she was a rights assistant for Cooke International, an agency specializing in foreign rights management for a diverse group of publishing clients.

Paige has her Master of Arts from Ryerson University’s Literatures of Modernity program and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University. A born and bred Torontonian, she loves a good adventure and has also lived in LA, New Zealand and Halifax.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Cassandra Rodgers of The Rights Factory

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 8.09.26 PM.pngCassandra Rodgers is a literary agent with The Rights Factory.

Cassandra has a diverse group of clients from across North America that ranges from debut authors to celebrities. Actively building her list, she is interested in adult literary and commercial women’s fiction. With a degree in history and political science from the University of Toronto, she does have a weakness for historical fiction. Nonfiction is another passion – particularly politics, history, science, and finance. Memoirs that can make her laugh, cry, or inspire her are always welcome.

After a long career in finance, Cassandra Rodgers decided to pursue her love of literature by getting involved with running a literary festival. Organizing panels, looking after authors and managing promotions paved the way to her current career as an agent. She joined The Rights Factory in 2013, where she uses her discerning tastes and sharp business acumen in the service of her clients’ literary careers.

When not at her laptop and reading manuscripts, her time is directed to her two children, her friends, and infrequent visits to the gym. The stacks of books that have taken over her home indicate that reading is still a joy as well as a business. She lives in central Toronto.