"The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words."
                                                    William H. Gass
In the end, we'll all become stories. 
                                                    Margaret Atwood

Paris, London, New York & Toronto

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When I first had the idea to open my own literary agency, it was merely a wisp of a dream.  Though I had a publishing degree, three years in the industry, and quite a few contacts, there was still so much about agenting I wanted to learn. I knew that in order to become the agent I wanted to be, the conventional route wouldn't work. I decided instead to do something altogether a little bit mad. With the wisdom of Lewis Carroll's mad hatter booming in my head (literary characters always bestow the best advice), I planned a cockamamie scheme to job shadow and interview top agents in Paris, London, New York, and Toronto.

In Paris, I learned from David Camus of the Anna Jarota Agency. In London, Andrew Leonie of the Andrew Leonie Agency had a few lessons to teach me. Then, when I returned to Toronto I spent three months learning from the folks at The McDermid Agency. By then, I was ready to start my company and though I never made it to New York to shadow an agent, I still plan to do so one day when I don't have so much work to do! I now have a healthy amount of sales under my belt and a growing list of inspirational authors.

The Beadle Literary Agency I am building in Toronto is a reflection of my industry experience and enthusiasm, what I've learnt on my ventures, and what I've always dreamed about creating: not only a place where authors come to sell their work to publishers, but a place full of passion and innovation that protects authors - a home for literary folk.
                                                                                                                                            Megan Beadle