Andrea Cascardi Returns to Transatlantic Agency

Cascardi72David Bennett, President of the Transatlantic Agency, announced that Andrea Cascardi will be re-joining the agency as a literary agent based in New York, and establishing a new client list.

Andrea Cascardi was recruited to serve as the Publisher and Managing Director of Egmont USA from 2013 to 2015. Before that she pursued a successful ten-year career as a literary agent with the Transatlantic Agency.

Said Cascardi, “I am delighted to be returning to agenting with Transatlantic, a company I know and trust, after a period of three years on the other side of the desk. I am very excited about working closely with authors and illustrators and I look forward to bringing a new perspective to my work as an agent.”

David Bennett said, “We are so pleased that Andrea is returning to the agency to represent a broad range of talent in different genres from her base in New York.”

Before her period as a literary agent, Andrea held senior editorial positions at Disney Publishing and Random House US.

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U.S. agent Sandra Bishop joins Transatlantic

Sandra BishopThe Transatlantic Agency is pleased to announce that SANDRA BISHOP has joined the company as its newest literary agent. Bishop has been an agent for six years in the U.S., where she was a Vice President with MacGregor Literary. While there she was named 2010 “Agent of the Year” by ACFW, an international organization of inspirational authors, an area in which she specializes.

Sandra represents writers of both fiction and non-fiction across a variety of categories – from serious narrative to inspirational romance. Among her most noted books are HANDS FREE MAMA by Rachel Macy Stafford; GUNNY’S RULES by R. Lee. Ermey; 100 WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU TO YOUR KIDS by Jay K. Payleitner; THE MEASURE OF KATIE CALLAWAY by Serena B. Miller; BEYOND THE DOOR by Maureen Doyle McQuerry; and SWEETHAVEN SUMMER by Courtney Walsh.

“Sandra’s considerable experience as an agent and the range of authors she represents dovetails perfectly with Transatlantic’s already-existing offerings. We now have four agents on the west coast – two each in Canada and the U.S. — giving us substantial representation in the region. We’re thrilled to welcome her aboard,” said Transatlantic’s President, David Bennett.

“I’m very pleased that Transatlantic recognizes the value my current clients will bring to the agency,” said Bishop. “I couldn’t be happier about the invitation to join a group of such diversely talented and experienced agents. It’s humbling and exciting, and I’m eager to get to work!”

Sandra Bishop lives in Portland, Oregon, where she will work alongside fellow Transatlantic agent Fiona Kenshole, who joined the agency in 2013.

New Agents at Transatlantic

The Transatlantic Agency is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Associate Agents, effective immediately.

Stephanie SinclairStephanie Sinclair has been working with Transatlantic since 2012 as Samantha Haywood’s full-time assistant.  Under Samantha’s mentorship, Stephanie has begun building her own client list, primarily in the areas of literary fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, narrative non-fiction, investigative journalism and true crime. She will maintain the post of Samantha’s assistant and is also co-representing (with Samantha) three new clients: Justin Rutledge, Myles Estey, and Daniel Karasik.

Stephanie is a graduate of the Publishing Program at Ryerson University, the Creative Writing program at the Humber School for Writers and the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. For many years, authors, journalists and theatre writers have benefited from Stephanie’s uniquely attuned and effective advice in her work as an award-nominated freelance editor.

Amy Tompkins has worked in publishing since 2002, and has been Transatlantic’s contracts consultant since 2007.  In addition to continuing her duties in that role, Amy will represent both adult and children’s authors, and is already the international rights agent for two corporate clients – Orca Book Publishers Ltd. and Islandport Press.

Amy was previously the contracts manager at Westwood Creative Artists, is a graduate of the Publishing Program at Ryerson University, and has an MA in English Language and Literature.  Her areas of interest include literary, historical, and women’s fiction (including smart romance), narrative non-fiction, and quirky or original how-to books. On the children’s side, she is looking for authors of early readers, middle-grade, young adult, and new adult projects.

Transatlantic Agency Forms Alliance with Page Two

The Transatlantic Agency is pleased to announce an alliance with the newly founded Page Two, whose principals, Jesse Finkelstein and Trena White, will represent adult non-fiction to the book trade as Transatlantic associate agents.

Jesse FinkelsteinFinkelstein and White met on the management team at D&M Publishers Inc., whose day-to-day operations Finkelstein ran as chief operating officer. She also led the company’s digital and international sales strategies, licensing content in multiple formats and in global markets, and developing one of Canada’s first enhanced ebook apps. Prior to working at D&M, Finkelstein was associate publisher at Raincoast Books, where she managed the publishing department and oversaw acquisitions.

Trena WhiteAs the publisher of Douglas & McIntyre and Greystone Books, White was responsible for running a publishing program of sixty new books a year. She set the vision and strategy for list development and author relations and oversaw acquisitions. Before joining D&M, White spent several years in Toronto as an editor at McClelland & Stewart. She has worked with acclaimed writers such as Allan Gotlieb, Andrew Potter, Michelle Shephard, and Joshua Knelman. Both Finkelstein and White are graduates of the Simon Fraser University Master of Publishing program.

“Transatlantic is a successful agency with a longstanding track record and an excellent reputation,” says Finkelstein. “Working within their network will add tremendous value to our service offering, to the benefit of our agency clients.”

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with Transatlantic,” says White. “We’ve always appreciated their agents’ integrity and professionalism, and we have been impressed with the collegiality we’ve experienced throughout our negotiations.”

“We couldn’t be happier than to have these two highly-respected entrepreneurs joining Transatlantic,” says David Bennett, the agency’s president. “This new arrangement will make us all stronger and more robust in our respective endeavours. We look forward to welcoming them to the team.”

Transatlantic Agency adds new U.S. agent

The Transatlantic Agency is pleased to announce that Fiona Kenshole will join the company as a new literary agent, representing children’s illustrators and authors.

Kenshole was most recently Vice President of Development Acquisition at Laika Inc, where she created a slate of projects for the animation studio, (including the Academy Award-nominated movies “Coraline” and “Paranorman”). Before moving to the US, Fiona worked for several prestigious UK publishing houses, including Publishing Director for Oxford University Press Children’s Books, Deputy Managing Director at Hodder Children’s Books and Editorial Director at HarperCollins, where she published award-winning writers including Michael Morpurgo, Lois Lowry, Beverley Cleary and Geraldine McCaughrean.

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining TLA,” says Kenshole. “I respect their solid reputation for honesty and integrity, and value the opportunity they offer to build a list with clients on both sides of the Atlantic.” Kenshole currently resides in Portland, Oregon, and plans to travel regularly to New York, London and the major international trade fairs.”

Kenshole’s arrival at TLA coincides with the departure of Andrea Cascardi, who will become managing director and publisher at Egmont USA. “Andrea created a wonderful list of clients over the ten years she worked with TLA, and we look forward to working with her from the other side of the publishing desk,” said David Bennett, TLA’s president. “Fiona Kenshole, Patricia Ocampo and I will strive to continue the excellent service that Andrea’s authors and illustrators have come to expect from the agency.”