The Cooke Agency represents literary and commercial fiction (including science fiction, fantasy and crime), narrative-driven nonfiction in the areas of popular culture, science, history, natural history, politics, personal reference and children’s books. We do not represent poetry or screenplays.


 
   
What we do for our clients  
   

Personal Attention

Our team is energetic and client-focussed. We give personal attention, and a lot of time, to our authors as we work collaboratively with them to fine-tune their manuscripts. We submit their material to publishers, negotiate contracts on their behalf and monitor marketing and sales efforts. We want to build careers and we concentrate not just on what is the best offer, but what is the best decision for an author in the long term. We respond promptly and personally to resolve any difficulties or concerns our clients may have in the publishing process.

International Representation

The Cooke Agency books are sold into more than two-dozen territories around the world earning significant advances for our authors. We work with Cooke International, a dedicated Foreign Rights sales team who are effective, efficient, well-known and highly regarded in the international publishing community. We maintain an international perspective by representing clients from Canada, the United States, Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia. Our authors’ works have been sold to independent and large international publishers and film companies, and we regularly travel to major publishing centres and book fairs to foster these relationships and promote our authors’ interests. Our clients are further represented through Cooke International’s extensive network of skilled specialist co-agents. We also represent agents from many foreign territories who trust us with some of their best-known clients.

Our Expertise

Our agency represents many national and international award-winning authors of quality fiction and nonfiction. Our clients are routinely long-listed, short-listed and awarded prizes for the high quality of their work. Each agent has a background in professional editorial and publishing work and we are conscientious and meticulous in our editorial input on manuscripts and proposals. Our clients also share the benefits of our broad network of colleagues and contacts in the international publishing community and the up-to-the-minute perspective we have on the market in North America and the world through daily information gathering and analysis. Our agency is at the forefront of the legal, financial and contractual issues surrounding e-books and will be taking a leading role in shaping this exciting new publishing market. We offer great attention to detail in all our paperwork and financial transactions, which are communicated to clients in a comprehensive, easy-to-understand format. There is always someone available to answer questions in a knowledgeable and timely fashion.

 
   
Who We Are  
   

Dean Cooke, Proprietor and Literary Agent, has worked in publishing for over thirty years, having first started in the warehouse of a small publishing company and has worked in various capacities for both independent and multi-national publishing houses.   In 1992 he left his position as publisher of Bantam/Seal Books to found The Cooke Agency. Dean represents many of Canada’s best-selling authors who are regularly nominated for major literary prizes, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General Awards for fiction and non-fiction, the IMPAC, and many other national and international literary awards. His clients’ works are published around the world and in many languages. His client list reflects his reading tastes: literary fiction; historical fiction; history; royalty, from ancient Egypt to contemporary Britain; pop culture; business; and popular science. He has probably represented more hockey books than any other agent in Canada, but as a transplanted American, has only recently learned what a hat trick is. No self-help or inspirational, romance or other genre fiction. In 2007, Dean was appointed adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University and has lectured in Canada and the United States on a wide range of publishing-related subjects. When he is not reading he enjoys spending time in the desert in Southern California.

 
   

Sally Harding is a Literary Agent and Co-owner of the Cooke Agency and Cooke International. She represents authors from all over the world, with more than half of her clients calling the US home or their primary publishing market. She frequently travels to publishing centres, conventions and book fairs to represent her clients’ interests. The books that grab her attention (whether fiction or non-fiction) have what excites us all as readers: artful story-telling and a new perspective, expressed in a unique voice. She especially looks for stories told with an honesty that can only come from the heart of the storyteller. She is growing her list in the areas of smart, ground-breaking non-fiction; mainstream and literary-leaning science fiction and fantasy; middle grade and YA titles; and crime fiction (true crime being too alarming). A New Zealander by birth, Sally can whip up a pavlova, and wishes they showed more All Blacks matches on the telly. She is on the board of the Vancouver Writers’ Fest www.writersfest.bc.ca, is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives http://aaronline.org, and you can catch her on Twitter @SallyHardingTCA.

 
   

Suzanne Brandreth has worked in publishing for nearly twenty years, having previously worked as an independent bookseller, a non-fiction proposal writer, a ghost writer, an editor at Doubleday Canada, and as a literary agent and subsidiary rights director for The Cooke Agency before joining Cooke International in September 2009 as subsidiary rights director. Suzanne has strong working relationships around the world, is a frequent attendee of the London and Frankfurt book fairs, and has participated in numerous international publishing fellowships, most recently as a fellow by the prestigious Jerusalem Fellowship. Suzanne is a hands-on agent and works with her clients to develop their book projects, fiction and non-fiction alike, helping to brainstorm and fine tune book ideas, craft proposals, and substantively edit the works before submission and publication. She has helped develop and place international rights to numerous bestselling titles, including Dr. Piers Steel's The Procrastination Equation, Emily White's Lonely: A Memoir, CS Richardson's The End of the Alphabet, and Tanis Rideout's Above All Things. Suzanne's nightstand is a tower of books, magazines, and gadgets, with a mix of contemporary women's fiction, literary fiction, self-help, nutrition, alternative health, special diet cookbooks, memoirs, and cutting-edge thinking in the areas of business, science, psychology, and current affairs — reading that reflects her interests as an agent.

 
   
Ron Eckel, Literary Agent and Associate Director of the Cooke Agency and Cooke International, is a graduate of Simon Fraser University's Master of Publishing program and an eighteen-year veteran of the publishing industry. Ron works actively in the US and UK, as well as the translation markets on behalf of Canadian and international authors. Ron worked with Penguin Group Canada, Westwood Creative Artists, and Random House of Canada Limited before joining The Cooke Agency and Cooke International in 2009. Ron devours fiction and non-fiction, in print and on his many devices, and is particularly drawn to contemporary fiction, both commercial and literary, SFF and horror, young adult fiction, as well as pop culture, entertainment, music, humor, biography, and story-driven current affairs. His reading habits mirror what he’s looking for as an agent. When he isn’t immersed in the world of books, Ron enjoys running, planning extravagant holidays with his family that they will one day enjoy, and turning up his Marshall way too loud while jamming with his two sons (both drummers!) in the basement. Follow Ron on Twitter at @roneckel.  
   

Rachel Letofsky, Associate Agent, is a graduate of both the University of Toronto, where she specialized in English Literature, and The Humber Creative Book Publishing Program. She joined The Cooke Agency in 2010 following an internship, and is currently growing her own list of clients. Rachel is particularly drawn to debut authors with whom she can work in a hands-on, collaborative fashion. Her personal tastes are eclectic and range from the classics (some of her all-time favorites include Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland, Tess of the D'Ubervilles and Frankenstein) to fantasy, sci-fi, literary fiction and young and new adult fiction. In non-fiction, Rachel is looking for narrative-driven memoirs and anything with a high level of quirkiness. When she is not reading for pleasure or for work, Rachel enjoys puns, cooking, dancing, dreaming, swimming in the ocean, planning for an upcoming alien/zombie invasion and photographing all the wild and wonderful sights the world has to offer.

 
   

Marci Geisler is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she majored in English Literature and Economics. She joined The Cooke Agency as an Agency Assistant in 2013 following an internship and a summer spent in New York where she attended the New York University Summer Publishing Institute. In addition to being the resident IT guru she provides administrative support in the areas of operations, finance, and editorial development. Her reading list is an eclectic mix of memoir, narrative non-fiction, YA, and anything with magical elements. When not buried in the pages of a book Marci can be found perfecting her 5 layer chocolate cake, exploring foreign countries, and scouring flea markets for vintage photography equipment.

 
   

Paige Sisley is a graduate of Ryerson University's Literatures of Modernity program, from which she obtained her Master of Arts degree in 2012. Prior to that, she studied English Literature at the University of King's College/Dalhousie University and spent some time living in a sleepy surf town in New Zealand. Paige joined The Cooke Agency as an Agency Assistant in June 2013 following an internship, and currently provides general office support — both editorial and administrative — with a focus on marketing. (She is the voice behind The Cooke Agency's Twitter feed, which you should follow.) Her reading habits tend to skew towards Canadian literature, with a particular taste for literary prose, stories/characters that can be over-psychoanalyzed, and a dash of mystery. She's also addicted to culinary, interior design and fashion blogs.

 
   
Photo credits: Lisa Myers
 
   
History  
   

The Cooke Agency was established in 1992 by Dean Cooke, who operated for several years as the sole literary agent and employee. Twenty years later, the agency employs seven full-time employees and sells to publishers around the world. In 2007 the company merged with The Harding Agency of Vancouver and is now co-owned by Vancouver-based literary agent Sally Harding, and The Cooke Agency’s founding owner, Dean Cooke.

The Cooke Agency represents more than one hundred writers, including award-winning and best-selling authors.