March 8, 2014 RoundTable Meeting – U25 Panel – Agents & Editors

About the pitch sessions

Immediately following the March Roundtable agents Sam Hiyate and Ali McDonald from The Rights Factory, along with Stacey Donaghy from Donaghy Literary Group, will hear a 10 minute pitch from registered participants and will provide advice on the presentation and delivery of each pitch.

Participants must register in advance. Sessions and agent choices will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

The WCDR is proud to facilitate these sessions as a learning experience for our members. We cannot, however, guarantee any outcome of the meeting in terms of feedback or willingness to consider your work.

Date: March 8, 2014

Time: 11:15 – 12:30

Place: Ajax Convention Centre, 2nd floor (Please note access to the second floor is limited to stairs. WCDR will make every attempt to accommodate participants with mobility issues.)

Length: 10 minutes long with a 5 minute discretionary and transition time

Cost: $25 member’s rate per session, or $35 non-member’s rate per session

**Note: if you are late for a session, it will be at the discretion of the instructor whether you will be given opportunity to pitch your work, and no refund will be guaranteed.

Register now!


Stacey Donaghy – panel moderator, pitch sessions

Stacey is a strong advocate for her writers.

With over twenty-two years of experience and formal training in Adult Education, Management, and Social Services, Stacey brings a wealth of technical and professional experience to the literary world. As a manager in the field of Education and Training, her roles have included people management, curriculum development, academic editing, marketing, creative design, publishing, proposal writing, contract negotiations and public speaking. Her training includes principled negotiations as it applies to relationships and contracts.

Some of Stacey’s first-time and self-published authors are best sellers.

Stacey is a former agent of Corvisiero Literary Agency in New York.


Donaghy Literary is interested in the following fiction genres:

  • New Adult
  • Romance
  • Young Adult

What to bring to a pitch session with Stacey:

  • Please bring your pitch onlyapproximately 250 words and a brief bio. Include a list of comparison titles.  Be prepared to present your elevator pitch (a 30 second tag-line with a strong hook).




Sam Hiyate – pitch sessions

Sam Hiyate

Sam is president of The Rights Factory. His client list includes Margot Berwin, David Gilmour, John Farndon, Rupinder Gill, Andrew Kaufman, Claire Letemendia, Imogen Lloyd Webber, Jonathan Tepper and Jessica Westhead. Before that, he ran the literary division of The Lavin Agency. In his 20+ year publishing career, he was co-founder and publisher of the litmag Blood & Aphorisms (b+a) and the editor/publisher of the avant-garde literary publisher Gutter Press. Sam also teaches at University of Toronto and Ryerson University and has spoken at publishing and writer’s conferences.


Sam is interested in the following:

  • New adult titles, more than YA, with an emphasis on series potential

What to bring to a pitch session with Sam:

  • Sam invites you to bring your first chapters, plus outlines/synopses.




Ali McDonald – pitch sessions

Ali McDonald

A member of The Rights Factory team since 2009, Ali specializes in children’s literature of all kinds, ranging from novelty board books, picture books, early readers, chapter books, and graphic novels, to middle grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction. She enjoys working primarily with debut authors, but also has the distinguished pleasure of representing literary stars among her international clients. Ali is living the dream of having a job she loves.



Ali is interested in the following:

  • A quote from Ali: “I’m always looking for new and distinctive voices, especially in the areas of middle grade and young adult. More specifically, I’m currently on the hunt for early readers with a classic storytelling vibe; humourous and action/adventure middle grade for boys, as well as, friendship-based, character-driven middle grade for girls; and boundary-pushing young adult fiction, with diverse characters, unconventional structures, and big hooks. I’m desperate for something that says Law & Order: SVU for teens—along the lines of Brandy Colbert’s Pointe.”

What to bring to a pitch session with Ali:

  • Please bring your pitch onlyapproximately 250 words—plus a brief bio. Prepare a list of comparative titles and an elevator pitch (one phrase or sentence with their hook). Participants are urged to visit The Rights Factory website, and in order to get a sense of the agency, please have a look at their catalogue and tailor your pitches accordingly.