SAM HIYATE is president and CEO of The Rights Factory, a literary agency based in Toronto with an international reach. Sam worked at the literary magazines Blood & Aphorisms and The Quarterly in the 90s. He ran the edgy micropublisher, Gutter Press, from 1993 to 2002, as publisher. He launched the literary division of The Lavin Agency in 2003, where he built a list of clients and did his first deals. Sam’s projects for the agency have been in various categories, including memoir, literary and commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, and graphic novels.

He’s looking for works of all categories with distinct and compelling voices. He loves to discover and help new writers prepare their works for the market, and to help them build a career with their talent. Sam is actively speaking about creative writing, publishing and agenting. His newest project is Agent Provocateur, a podcast for book lovers, writers and folks who want a behind the scenes look at how agents work. The podcast is available on all of the usual podcasting sites – Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, etc.

Sam is interested in Business, Commercial Upmarket Fiction, Crime, Cross-Genre, Graphica, Food, Health, Lifestyle, Literary Fiction, Memoir, Mystery, Self-Improvement, and Thriller.




PANEL: Agent and Publisher Panel
Saturday, September 18, 2021


PITCH SESSIONS: Saturday, September 25, 2021