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What We Believe

It used to be that writers had editors to watch their backs, but over the past century the literary agent has risen to stand by the writer, to help them birth their literary works, to polish them until they are ready for submission, and to help authors find the best publishing homes – eventually leading their works to widespread markets and audiences.

This is what we do at TRF. Whether you are a debut author just finishing your first novel, an expert, teacher or journalist working on a narrative non-fiction or prescriptive work, someone with a memoir or great life story to tell, or a graphic novelist, we’re interested in hearing from you – if you haven’t heard from us first.


Every agent at TRF is looking for work they can get excited about, in every genre and category. If you’re in the market, we encourage you to look at the agents here and see if one of them seems like the perfect business partner for you.

Film & TV

A strong story in book form is the perfect – and most common – raw material for film and TV adaptation. Selling great stories into other media is something we explore actively, with close ties to film and TV agents across the entertainment landscape, locally and internationally.


The Rights Factory was founded in 2004 with a handful of clients and a massive search for new talent in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. We now have nine different agents and represent hundreds of clients from around the world.

Editorial Feedback

We are an editorial agency and we will be tough on your work, because we are committed to developing your project until it is absolutely ready to take to market. Along the way, we will champion you across the industry and media and make sure what you wrote is seen by the best editors, and we will provide you with professional insight to help your project become the best book it can be, for the audience that will love it.


About Us

Sam Hiyate


Since 1990 Sam has worked at literary magazines, small presses and with New York Times bestselling authors, editing and representing everything from debut fiction, memoir and narrative non-fiction to graphic novels. He has taught writing and publishing privately since 2000 and also at various universities. His most recent project is an online magazine, Don’t Talk to Me About Love, exploring love in literary and artistic works.

Emmy Nordstrom Higdon

Agency Assistant

emmy (they/them) is a PhD student at McMaster University, a bookseller at Another Story book shop, a blogger at Books Beyond Binaries, and a member of the planning team for the Festival of Literary Diversity. They are a trans non-binary colonizer originally from Newfoundland, now based in Tkaronto (Toronto, Ontario). emmy keeps busy with research projects, spending time with their family (including adopted dogs and cats), embroidery, vegan cooking, and… obviously, a lot of reading.


emmy grew up on fantasy novels and 90’s kidlit horror like Bunnicula and Goosebumps. They are working to become an agent, and hope to represent authors of literary, upmarket, and commercial fiction, and narrative nonfiction, for adults and older young adults. They specialize in LGBTQ2S+ literature. 

While stories with lots of plot twists are their favourites, they’re eager to read feminist thrillers, women’s fic, book club fic, historical fic, millennial fic, dark fantasy, paranormal horror, contemporary Gothic, and magical realism.

On the nonfiction side, emmy's interests include memoir, deep dive journalistic accounts, investigative true crime, and progressive political and social commentary.

emmy is particularly interested in work that is fast-paced, voicey, character driven, and accessible. They love diverse authors and characters, morally ambiguous feminine protagonists, spooky spec fic, traditionally feminine sports (ballet, cheerleading, roller derby, etc.), and intense friendship stories. Murder is their comfort read.

Current favourite books include: The Collected Schizophrenias, Esmé Weijun Wang; The Wise and the Wicked, Rebecca Podos; Wilder Girls, Rory Power; anything by Akwaeke Emezi; In the Dream House, Carmen Maria Machado; The Darkest Part of the Forest, Holly Black; I Know You Remember, Jennifer Donaldson; Your House Will Pay, Steph Cha; We Unleash the Merciless Storm, Tehlor Kay Mejia; The Seep, Chana Porter; The Fact of a Body, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich; Heart Berries, Terese Marie Mailhot; Our Homesick Songs, Emma Hooper; A Madness of Sunshine, Nalini Singh; Gingerbread, Helen Oyeyemi; anything by Ruth Ware.

Zoé Duhaime

Agency Assistant

Zoé Duhaime is a writer, illustrator and publishing student currently living in Montréal. Previously, she was the Youth Poet Laureate (2015) for Victoria, B.C. and a speechwriter. Highlights include a permanent exhibition in the B.C. Hall of Honour, a degree in Religious Studies & Women's Studies from the University of Victoria, and the occasional stint as a political cartoonist.

Molly Berrey

Assistant to Natalie Kimber

Molly is a Film Studies and Creative Writing major at Ohio Wesleyan University. Originally from North Canton, she is now working in New York as an intern for Nat Kimber. She likes to read high fantasy books like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings and watch everything from the MCU to The Good Place. Her favorite movie is currently Fantastic Mr. Fox by Wes Anderson. She spends her time handwriting letters, brutally analyzing new films and tv shows, and eating every new food that comes her way. Molly is most interested in how the human narrative is reshaped and reflected between everyday life and literature and hopes to make her own impact someday.

Liza Demaison

Interim Rights Manager, Children’s & YA

Liza holds a B.A. in English language, a B.A. in French Modern Literature and a Bachelor in Law. At first, Liza wanted to become a lawyer but after an exchange program in Thessaloniki, Greece, she realized that she had to pursue her dream job, which was working with books. She started a M.A. in Publishing at the University of Strasburg, France, where she had the chance to learn about all the existing jobs in the publishing industry. She worked for independant French publishing house Rodéo d'âme in Strasbourg for almost a year. Liza wrote her Master's thesis about the success of YA in France and in the United States. She is now finishing her master's degree at the Rights Factory.

Liza grew up surounded by books and her favorite of all time is Le Petit Prince. She likes to read almost everything from fiction to poetry. At the moment, she is reading Harry Potter in French, English and Spanish because she likes to compare translations.

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