Anne McDermid founded this agency in Toronto in January 1996. She had previously been a senior partner in the distinguished British agency Curtis Brown for several years. In 2010, Chris Bucci and Martha Webb became Directors in the agency, and in 2012 joined Anne as full partners. Associate agent Monica Pacheco joined the agency in 2008.
The agency represents literary novelists and commercial novelists of high quality, and also writers of a broad range of non-fiction including investigative journalism, popular science, politics, natural history, popular culture, lifestyle memoir, biography, history, and literary travel. We also represent a certain number of children’s and YA writers and writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy. We are a full service agency and are active in advising our clients in advancing their careers through all forms of digital media, as well as through traditional methods of publishing and promotion.
Our writers have been nominees and winners of many literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Writers Trust awards, the RBC Taylor Prize for narrative non-fiction, the (formerly named) Orange Prize, the Amazon First Novel Award, the Kobo Emerging Writers prize, the Danuta Gleed Award, and the Commonwealth Prize.
We sell Canadian and American rights directly. Cooke International is our co-agent for UK and translation rights. We also use associates for film and television rights in Canada and internationally.
About Our Agents
Chris Bucci is a literary agent, director and full partner at The McDermid Agency. He represents bestselling authors such as Bob Rae, Timothy Caulfield, Susan Delacourt, Jowita Bydlowska, James Grainger and Kerri Sakamoto. Most recently senior editor at McClelland & Stewart, he worked primarily with non-fiction, bringing to the M&S catalogue the likes of Alain de Botton, Christopher Hitchens, Paul Watson and Sir Martin Gilbert.
He began his career at the University of Toronto Press and soon became an acquisitions editor in social sciences and cultural studies. Bucci joined HarperCollins Canada in 2003 as a non-fiction editor. Moving to M&S in 2004, Bucci helped revitalize the McClelland & Stewart non-fiction program, establishing relationships with international authors, agents and publishers.
Martha is a literary agent, director and full partner at The McDermid Agency. Her list focuses on literary fiction, narrative non-fiction (including investigative journalism and memoir), and ideas-driven nonfiction. Her clients include award-winning fiction writers Michael Crummey, Nino Ricci, Jessica Grant, Alison Pick, Saleema Nawaz and Pasha Malla; Crazy Town author Robyn Doolittle; sports writer Cathal Kelly; indigenous lawyer and activist Caleb Behn; restaurateur Jen Agg of The Black Hoof; Andrew Westoll, winner of the 2011 RBC (Charles) Taylor Prize, graphic memoirist Sarah Lazarovic, and Karen Le Billon, whose first book French Kids Eat Everything sold into thirteen countries and translated into ten languages.
She holds an MA in Literature from the University of Edinburgh, and has been with the agency since 2005.
Monica Pacheco joined the agency in 2008 and represents a growing list of writers, focusing on literary fiction, YA, science fiction and fantasy. Her clients include Sarah Polley, Yves Meynard, Madeline Ashby, Sarah Henstra, Irina Kovalyova, Janice Poon, Eli K.P. William and Bram Stoker Award-winning horror writer David Nickle.
Anne McDermid was a senior partner of the international literary agency Curtis Brown in London England for twenty years, where she represented literary writers, including Robertson Davies, Pat Barker, Sebastian Barry, Jeannette Winterson, Kathy Acker, as well as writers in more commercial fields, such as Hammond Inness, Tony Hillerman, Tim Sebastian, Arthur C Clarke, and Emma Drummond. Anne was particularly active in representing non-fiction, allowing her personal interests in the women’s movement, the anti-Apartheid movement, and British politics to inform her list. Many distinguished political correspondents, foreign affairs editors, newscasters and politicians of all parties, became clients.
Anne founded Anne McDermid & Associates Ltd in Canada in 1996, and began by representing authors already well-known, such as Matt Cohen, Greg Hollingshead, David Adams Richards and Nino Ricci. But soon a generation of younger writers emerged, including Andrew Pyper, Steven Heighton, Nancy Lee, Russell Smith, Lisa Moore, Michael Winter, and Michael Crummey.
Currently she continues to work with established voices in fiction, but is also particularly invested in the development of Canadian narrative non-fiction, evidenced in such writers as Charles Montgomery, J.B. MacKinnon, and Michael Harris.