Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 16, 2015

Free Fall Friday – Guest Critiquer – Book Deals

carly-watters-p-s-literary-agencyI am happy to announce that Carly Watters – Literary Agent at PS Literary has agreed to read the four first pages chosen this month from the submissions.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES for January’s First Page Critiques:

In the subject line, please write “January 2015 First Page Critique” and paste the text in the email. Please make sure you include your name, the title of the piece, and whether it is as picture book, middle grade, or young adult, etc. at the top.

Plus attach your first page Word doc. to email. Format using one inch margins and 12 point New Times Roman font – double space – no more than 23 lines – only one page. Send to: kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES: Last month a number of submissions were taken out of the mix, due to not following the directions for both the pasted email and the attached Word doc.

DEADLINE: January 22nd.

RESULTS: January 30th.

Here is a little bit about Carly:

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.

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.

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



Emotion Amplifiers (Kindle)by Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi – Free

Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca $1.99 ends Jan. 19th.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon $1.99

The Truth About Twinkie Pie–FREE PREVIEW (First 15 Chapters) by Kat Yeh

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thank you for mentioning the Pandemic ebook sale!


  2. So excited to get a preview of THE TRUTH ABOUT TWINKIE PIE…Thanks Kathy and Kat!


  3. Hi Kathy, Does the 23 line limit include the title, genre, and authors name or does the limit refer exclusively to the story? Thank you in advance, Teresa Schaefer


    • Teresa,

      Put your name, title, and genre all on one line. I think 23 lines is all that fits comfortably on a page, counting your name, etc. but it your page fits 23 lines of text in addition to your name etc., then you can include it.



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