Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 26, 2013

PS Literary Agency – Picture Books, MG, & YA

Not quite “Over the River and Through the woods,” but this illustration by Carol Liddiment made me think that even the animals are running to Thanksgiving dinner at Grandmother’s house. Stop back on Illustrator Saturday this week. Carol is our featured illustrator.

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The P.S. Literary Agency (PSLA), established in 2005, is located in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We represent both fiction and nonfiction works to leading publishers in North America, Europe and throughout the World. They maintain a small but select client list that receives their undivided attention and focused efforts.

PSLA seeks to work with clients who are professional and committed to their goals. It is their desire to work with clients for the duration of their careers. In addition to contract negotiations, editorial and marketing guidance, our commitment extends to post-publication in pursuing foreign, audio, digital, TV/film and serial rights. They attend major national and international industry conferences and travels periodically to New York City to network with top editors.

The P.S. Literary Agency represents both fiction and nonfiction.

For fiction, they are currently seeking:
•Commercial Mainstream
•Literary (with a commercial angle)
•World Literature
•Women’s Fiction
•Mystery (Cozy, Private Eye, Police Procedural, etc.)
•Thriller (Legal, Medical, Political, etc.)
•Romance (Suspense, Contemporary, Historical, etc.)
•New Adult (early 20-something protagonists)
•Young Adult (must be high-concept/commercial)
•Middle Grade (must be high-concept/commercial)
•Picture Books (must be high-concept/commercial)

For nonfiction, they are currently seeking:
•Current Affairs
•Business (Management & Leadership, Finance, etc.)
•Health (targeting adults and children)
•Pop Science
•Pop Psychology
•Pop Culture

The first two agents listed below are interested in picture books, besides middle grade Ya and new adult:

carly-watters-p-s-literary-agencyCarly Watters – Literary Agent

Carly Watters Carly began her publishing career in London, England at the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency and Bloomsbury PLC. She completed her BA in English Language and Literature at Queen’s University and her MA in Publishing Studies from City University London with a thesis on the social, political and economic impact of literary prizes on trade publishing. Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents. Carly is actively looking for Literary and Commercial Fiction, World Literature, Women’s Fiction, Literary Thrillers, New Adult, high-concept Young Adult, high-concept Picture Books, and up-market nonfiction in Health, Wellness, Memoir, Humour, Pop Science and Pop Psychology. She does not represent poetry or screenplays. If you would like to send a query to Carly, please see bottom of this post.


Maria-VicenteMaria Vicente – Associate Agent

Maria Vicente began her publishing career as an intern with Bree Ogden at D4EO Literary Agency. She was an intern at PSLA before joining the Agency as an associate agent. Maria has a B.A. in English Literature from Carleton University and a B.Ed. from The University of Western Ontario. Her reading preferences vary across categories and she is interested in writers with unique and creative concepts.

Maria is actively looking for Literary and Commercial Fiction, New Adult, high-concept Young Adult, Middle Grade, high-concept Picture Books, and nonfiction in the Pop Culture, Pop Psychology, Design, and Lifestyle categories. She does not represent poetry or screenplays. If you would like to send a query to Maria, please see bottom of this post.


Curtis Russell – President & Principal Agent

crCurtis Russell Curtis began his publishing career nearly a decade ago as proprietor of a micro press. In 2005 he crossed to the other side of the desk and founded the P.S. Literary Agency. He has a wide-ranging and diverse client list, and is interested in discovering writers with unique ideas, no matter what the category. Curtis is currently acquiring both fiction and nonfiction. In terms of fiction, he is seeking Literary, Commercial Mainstream, Women’s Fiction, Romance, New Adult, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Mystery and Thriller. In terms of nonfiction, he is looking for Business, History, Politics, Current Affairs, Memoir, Health, Wellness, Sports, Humour, Pop Science and Pop Psychology. He does not represent poetry or screenplays. If you would like to send a query to Curtis, please see bottom of this post.


Please limit your query to one page and include the following:

  • Paragraph One – Introduction: Include the title and category of your work (i.e. fiction or nonfiction and topic), an estimated word count and a brief, general introduction.
  • Paragraph Two – Brief overview: This should read similar to back-cover copy.
  • Paragraph Three – Writer’s bio: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background (awards and affiliations, etc.).


  • Do not send attachments. Please use text within the body of your e-mail.
  • Please do not submit a full-length manuscript/proposal unless requested.
  • Always let us know if your manuscript/proposal is currently under consideration by other agents/publishers.
  • Please do not query multiple agents at the agency simultaneously – if you receive a query rejection from one agent it means a no from the agency.

They only accept submissions via e-mail.

They do not accept or respond to phone/paper queries.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. This agency was a nice discovery, Kathy! 🙂 And the illustration is beautiful. They’re obviously fleeing from something. For some reason (maybe ’cause I saw it again recently) it reminds me of that scene in Jurassic Park! 🙂


  2. Please what is your email address.


    • Looking forward to my order–p8326


  3. Thanks for getting my gift before Christmas.


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