Canadian Authors – Toronto programs will take on a mix of art and business concerns. We plan to alternate between two main types of events:

1. themed presentations by writers and other publishing professionals dealing with various aspects of the writing life and the craft of writing, and

2. industry-focused events designed to help writers in the GTA meet agents and publishers, understand publishing contracts, master the ‘authorpreneurial’ demands of social media and marketing, and wend our way through the business side of this writing life.

Event archives: 20192018

Meet the Agents: Lloyd Kelly and Victoria Loder

When: February 28, 2019, Thursday, 7:30–9:30 p.m.

Where: Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) Spadina, 192 Spadina Ave., Toronto, Room F, Third Floor

For many writers, finding an agent (or the right agent) is one of the most challenging parts of the publishing process. Querying is an acquired skill, and authors need to know how to improve their chances of success.

Please join us on February 28 for a networking and information session with two Toronto literary agents who have a combined 34 years of experience in book publishing: Victoria Loder from The Rights Factory and Lloyd Kelly of Kelly Consulting Agency.

Lloyd Kelly has worked in publishing for more than 30 years, and was a vice-president at HarperCollins before transitioning to working as an agent last year. Victoria Loder has worked in publishing for more than four years and is now an assistant agent specializing in adult genre fiction and narrative non-fiction of all kinds.

Both speakers will discuss what to look for in an agent and what to expect from the author-agent relationship. After their talks, we’ll move on to a lengthy Q&A session, where you will be able to have all or most of your questions about finding and working with an agent answered in one evening!

More about our speakers:

Lloyd Kelly is an agent and consultant at Kelly Consulting Agency. He has developed and executed numerous publishing projects, and served as a vice-president at HarperCollins, where he played a significant role in the success of major Canadian publishers and bestselling authors. He helped to create a new publishing imprint, CollinsCanada, and worked with authors such as Mike Holmes of Holmes on Holmes, Les Stroud of Survivorman, and Margaret Powers, the world-renowned author of the poem “Footprints,” among many other bestselling authors. The Kelly Consulting Agency represents authors with adult and children’s publishing projects, including books about current affairs, social justice, health, wealth, wisdom, environmental issues, humour, biography, pop culture, relationships, spirituality, and select fiction on thematically important and universally relevant themes.

Victoria Loder is an assistant agent with The Rights Factory specializing in adult genre fiction and narrative non-fiction of all kinds. She has worked in publishing for more than four years, previously having served as editor-in-chief of Scarborough Fair magazine, book reviewer for The Underground magazine, VIP trendsetter for Paper Lantern Literary, and sales, marketing and publicity assistant with Thomas Allen & Son. Victoria’s favourite novel is The Book Thief.


Enter our raffle for a chance to win fabulous prizes!

Tickets: $2 each; $5/three; $10/seven (cash only)

Prizes: Two general admission passes to the Art Gallery of Ontario; a prize pack of books by Canadian Authors Association members; a $25 Starbucks gift certificate donated by Upon A Star Books; a $25 gift certificate to Scarborough Town Centre (STC) or any other Oxford Properties Group shopping centre, donated by Oxford Properties Group; and a one-hour mentorship with Canadian Authors–Toronto vice-president Jennifer D. Foster on any aspect of writing and/or editing.

All raffle proceeds go back into Canadian Authors–Toronto’s programming budget and allow us to bring you more great speakers!

Admission to this event is FREE for Canadian Authors Association members; $10 for non-members; and $5 for students who are not members of Canadian Authors–Toronto.

Directions, parking, accessibility, and other details about the venue are available here and here.

Trouble getting into the building? Text 647-607-0416, and we will send someone to open the front door.

ACCESSIBILITY: Please note that although the third floor of CSI Spadina is fully accessible, the building’s 30-inch elevator may not be wide enough for all mobility devices. Please contact the Canadian Authors–Toronto co-president at with any questions or concerns about accessibility at this meeting.