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.

Winning Two Gillers: A Conversation with Esi Edugyan and Her Editors

When: January 22, 2019, 7:00–9:00 PM

Where: University of Toronto, Sidney Smith Hall amphitheatre (Room 2102), 100 St. George St.

Co-presented by Editors Toronto, Canadian Authors–Toronto, and the Creative Writing Program at the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto.

This special event will bring acclaimed novelist Esi Edugyan together with four of her editors — Patrick Crean, Marie-Lynn HammondJohn Sweet, and Jane Warren — for a discussion about the writing and editing of Ms. Edugyan’s two Giller Prize winning novels, Half-Blood Blues (2011) and Washington Black (2018).

Have you wondered what it’s like, editorially speaking, to work with an author who has won not one but two Giller Prizes? Would you like to know more about the editorial process that shaped these celebrated books? Esi Edugyan and her panel of accomplished editors will address issues such as these during their talks and the Q&A.

This event will feature a reading and a short talk about the author-editor relationship from Ms. Edugyan, short presentations from her editors, and ample time for questions from the audience (since we know this group has questions!) We’ll close the event by raffling off valuable prizes in support of the SCS Creative Writing Bursary, and time will be allowed for Ms. Edugyan to sign books.

Copies of Washington Black will be available for purchase at the event. Debit and credit cards will be accepted.

Thank you to these generous sponsors!