Deal News: DISFIGURED by Amanda Leduc

World rights to Amanda Leduc’s “DISFIGURED: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space for Oneself in the World”, which looks at several prominent, recognizable fairy tale traditions and archetypes and examines how these ideas have played out in history and recent popular culture, and draws on Amanda’s own experience as a physically disabled woman with cerebral palsy, to compare and contrast the treatment of disability in these stories, have been sold to Alana Wilcox at Coach House Books in a deal by Samantha Haywood at Transatlantic Agency for publication in Feb 2020.

DEAL NEWS: Six foreign rights sales on behalf of Page Two Strategies

We’re sharing six exciting foreign rights deals by Stephanie Sinclair in association with our wonderful co-agents on behalf of Page Two Strategies!

Polish rights to EQ APPLIED by Justin Bariso to Rebis by Literatura Agency; Spanish rights to Sirio by The Foreign Office; Korean rights to Green Light by the BC Agency. Previous rights sold, Vahlen, at auction, in Germany by The Liepman Agency; United Creadion, at auction, in mainland China and China Times, at auction, in Taiwan by The Grayhawk Agency; Russia, Bombora Books, Eksmo Non-Fiction; Czech, Metfora by the Kristin Olson Literary Agency; Vietnam, 1980 Books Ltd.

Spanish rights to EXACTLY WHAT TO SAY by Phil M. Jones to Ediciones Urano by The Foreign Office. Previous rights sold, Simplified Chinese to China Youth Book by the Grayhawk Agency; Korean rights to The Wings of Thinking Publishing Co by the Greenbook Literary Agency and Japanese rights to Pan Rolling by Japan Uni Agency; Vietnamese, Saigon Books; Arabic, Jarir Books; Taiwanese, Domain Publishing; Romanian, California Fitness Romania.

Japanese rights to 1-PAGE MARKETING PLAN by Allan Dib to Direct Publishing, Inc by Japan Uni Agency; Polish rights to Helion by the Book Lab.

Iain Reid’s FOE and Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s HYSTERIA nominated for 2019 Evergreen Award

Iain Reid‘s FOE and Elisabeth de Mariaffi‘s HYSTERIA have been nominated for the 2019 OLA Evergreen Award – congratulations, both!

About the award: “The Evergreen Award reading program is comprised of the best titles in Canadian fiction and non-fiction for adults of any age. It is one of seven programs that form the OLA’s Forest of Reading, Canada’s largest recreational reading program of its kind. Over 250,000 Canadians participate each year in the Forest of Reading.”

The winner will be announced during Ontario Public Library Week in October.

For more information and a full list of nominees, please


One of Barnes & Noble’s “Most Anticipated Historical YA Novels of The Year”Releases Today: BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER

We are celebrating with Maureen McQuerry today, as her new book BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER takes its long anticipated first steps into the world.

Ten years ago, while the US economy was in a freefall, the manuscript which Maureen had originally titled A Trail of Crumbs was circulating and getting a lot of common feedback referencing her stunning prose; writing that made scenes jump off the page; and “such strong voice.” We were sure we were on a straight path to publication.

But then … we began hearing from editors citing a variety of reasons for passing on it: the economy; uncertainty about positioning; worry that the dual narrative mixed with present and past tense would make it too different. And would fairy tale references in a YA novel really work?

After a time, we set it aside and Maureen turned her attention to other manuscripts which were published to acclaim.

But this story of a family picking up clues and finding its way – in spite of twists in their path, locked doors, and secrets lurking in the shadows – would just not rest. Ten years (almost to the day) from the day of its first submission, this beautiful story found its publishing home with Blink YA Books.

As it turned out the timing of this book’s release is just right: librarians are now asking for more historical YA, Barnes & Noble called it one of their “Most Anticipated Historical YA Novels of The Year”, and it has been 100 years since the Spanish Flu swept through New York; the aftermath of which inspired Maureen to write this book.

Our fondest congratulations to Maureen on today’s release of BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER. We are proud to been part of the journey to finding this stunning book its publishing home.


Harper Collins Blink YA

Guest Post on Teen Librarian Toolbox

High Marks on Goodreads

Maureen McQuerry’s Website

Maureen is represented by Sandra Bishop. For inquires, contact:

Brenna English-Loeb joins Transatlantic Agency as Assistant Agent

Samantha Haywood, President of Transatlantic Agency is pleased to announce that Brenna English-Loeb has joined Transatlantic Agency as Assistant Agent. Brenna will be working closely with Samantha Haywood, Amy Tompkins and other senior agents with whom she will be coagenting new author clients of both adult fiction, nonfiction and YA. (See below for further details on her mandates.) Based in New York, Brenna began her publishing career as an intern with Writers House, before working for several years at Janklow & Nesbit Associates.

Says Haywood, “I am absolutely delighted to have Brenna join the agency as we continue to grow and develop our adult and YA list of exciting American author clients.”

Says English-Loeb, “After four great years at Janklow & Nesbit, I’m so excited to join Transatlantic where I’ll be taking on new challenges and growing my list with the help and expertise of Samantha Haywood and her innovative team. The collaborative, forward-thinking mindset at Transatlantic is the ideal setting for any agent, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it as I work to support and promote my clients.”

Brenna English-Loeb 
Raised on an eclectic blend of Jane Austen, Terry Pratchett and Ursula K Le Guin, Brenna has always gravitated to unique stories with a strong point of view. She is specifically looking for works of YA and adult science fiction, fantasy, and suspense, as well as some adult literary fiction. She loves space operas, myth and fairy tale retellings, survival stories, epistolary novels, and heists. She also has a soft spot for stories that blend multiple genres and for works by and about underrepresented groups and identities. For nonfiction, Brenna is looking for serious, groundbreaking sociological work that holds our culture up to the magnifying glass. She also loves accounts of historical events and people that deserve to be better known, as well as unusual and influential object histories. Brenna can now be reached at:

Transatlantic Agency is a North American, full-service literary agency specializing in career management for writers and illustrators, covering domestic and international rights, speaking engagements, film/tv and content development, covering the spectrum of commercial to literary fiction and nonfiction of all types and for all ages. Transatlantic is recognized in the industry for integrity, passion and commitment throughout an author’s career. Transatlantic has 16 agents located across North America, with US agents in New York, Boston, and Portland OR, and Canadian agents in Toronto, Vancouver and Nova Scotia. Founded 25 years ago by literary agents David and Lynn Bennett and now headed by Samantha Haywood, the Transatlantic partnership is a vibrant collective of tenacious, independent professionals with diverse backgrounds and specialties. We represent more than 500 clients, who make regular appearances on notable bestseller lists across North America and have won major awards such as the Newbery Medal (US), the Giller Prize (Canada), Michael L. Printz Honor Book (US), and the Governor General’s Award for both adult and children’s literature (Canada).

6 Transatlantic clients on Ontario Library Association Best Bets List 2019

The Ontario Library Association Best Bets List 2019 is out. This honors the best new Canadian books and we’re proud that several Transatlantic authors are on it!

In Picture Books the list features Maureen Fergus‘s THE REPTILE CLUB (Kids Can Press) and Heather Smith‘s ANGUS ALL AGLOW, and in Junior Fiction there’s both Rachelle Delaney‘s CLARA VOYANT and Cary Fagan‘s THE HOLLOW UNDER THE TREE.

Sarah Hampson and Kass Reich‘s DR. COO AND THE PIGEON PROTEST (Kid’s Can Press) was recognized as an honorable mention in Picture Books.

Congratulations all! To see the full list, please visit this site:

Happy Book Birthday to THICKER THAN WATER by Natasha Deen!

Happy Book Birthday to THICKER THAN WATER by Natasha Deen, out January 29, 2019 from Orca Book Publishers!

“Readers will be enticed by the edgy theme and compelling story…multidimensional characters and briskly paced plot.”
School Library Journal

“Readers will definitely keep turning the pages…For reluctant readers with a taste for crime, this title should scratch the itch.”
— Kirkus

THICKER THAN WATER follows Zack Bernard, who has a thing for crime shows, especially the forensic-investigation kind. So when his friend Ella goes missing, Zack can’t help piecing together what he thinks is concrete evidence that could lead to her whereabouts. The problem is, it’s all pointing toward his dad. He knows his dad is lying about not having seen Ella because Zack saw them together at the mall the day she disappeared. What he doesn’t know is why. With the help of his friend Ayo, Zack tries to solve the mystery himself to avoid having to make the terrible choice between losing someone close to him and betraying his family.

Award-winning author Natasha Deen loves stories: exciting ones, scary ones and, especially, funny ones! As a kid of two countries (Guyana and Canada), she feels especially lucky because she gets a double dose of stories. When she’s not working on her books or visiting schools, she spends a lot of time trying to convince her dogs and cats that she’s the boss of the house.

HOMES is a Canada Reads 2019 Contender

We’re proud to announce that HOMES (Freehand Books 2018) by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung will be a contender on Canada Reads 2019! HOMES will be championed by Chuck Comeau of Simple Plan. This year’s list is centered on the theme One Book to Move You. “Spanning separations and reconciliations, wars of the past and present, personal histories and imagined futures, these titles will disturb and disrupt, inspire and incite, and move readers to feel, to think and to act.”

HOMES is a “heartbreaking, hopeful and urgently necessary book that provides a window into understanding Syria,” and was a finalist for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for nonfiction. Abu Bakr al Rabeeah is a high school student in Edmonton, Alta and his book is a memoir of al Rabeeah’s experiences as a young boy in Syria in the midst of civil war. He and his family moved to Canada in 2014.

For more information on Canada Reads 2019 and to see the full list of contenders and their champions, please follow this link:

Welcoming Debbie Dadey

We are thrilled to welcome best-selling children’s book author Debbie Dadey to Transatlantic Agency.

A former first grade teacher and school librarian, Debbie is the author and co-author of 167 traditionally published children’s books, with a focus on reaching reluctant readers, and one book on writing. Her first book, co-authored with Marcia Thornton Jones, Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots became The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series with sales of over 42 million. Debbie Dadey grew up in Kentucky and now lives in a log cabin in the Smoky Mountains with her husband, a schipperke, and a greyhound rescue. Her three children live along the east coast and continue to inspire her. Fairy Chase is the newest in Debbie’s Mermaid Tales, a multi-cultural series with STEM uses from Simon and Schuster. Debbie enjoys visiting schools and speaking at conferences. Debbie will be represented by agent Elizabeth Bennett.

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