Representing Adult Fiction/Nonfiction Authors



Usually I’m closed to submissions except on referral. However, a recent experience with an open call to submissions worked out so well that I’m proposing to do it again for the month of January in 2022. That means that October to December 2021 I’m closed to all non-referral submissions, but I’m opening back up to new writers starting January 1st 2022 for one month only to this email address: My submission mandates are noted below. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!

I also want to point out that the Transatlantic Agency has a really collaborative team of amazing literary agents and we all have different specialities, mandates and professional backgrounds, so at any time of the year it’s worth checking out my agent colleagues and their mandates in the About Us drop down menu at If you know that you would be interested in working with one of my fabulous agent colleagues alongside me, please let me know in your submission letter. I have shared clients with Laura Cameron, Chelene Knight, Devon Halliday, Amanda Orozco and many other Transatlantic agents, especially the Associate and Literary Agents who are actively building their client lists.

Samantha Haywood’s submission mandates follow:

Plurality of voices, stories and authors of all backgrounds are encouraged! Originality and diversity in my client list is the objective.

Fiction Mandates: Literary fiction to upmarket commercial fiction of all types. Getting more specific, yes to: smart contemporary fiction, upmarket women’s fiction and cross-over/hybrid style novels with speculative elements. Yes to literary thrillers and upmarket mystery with some cozy mysteries and historical fiction.

Non-fiction Mandates: Narrative non-fiction preferred, especially on culturally relevant topics. Some examples: sexuality/gender; investigative reportage; outstanding memoirs (must be truly original or well-known subjects); environmental issues; historical narratives handled in refreshing ways and true crime with societal implications. Essentially, I’m looking for a strong narrative drive and distinctive voice at all times.

Graphic Novels (fiction/non-fiction): Preferably full length graphic novels with author and illustrator as one creator, or already teamed-up. Graphic novel memoirs, biographies, travel narratives and other nonfiction graphica also welcome.

Guidelines: Submissions queries via email only to Authors are encouraged to email a cover letter with a sample/excerpt of the book in question. Please submit a maximum of 20 pages. Embed the sample/excerpt into the email after the cover letter. Graphic novel submissions may include an attachment. Please submit an author bio/publishing history and a synopsis. Please note if other agents are also considering the project and please do not submit to me if you have already submitted to another Transatlantic Agent.

Due to the volume of submissions received, replies will be sent for only those submissions being actively considered.


Samantha Haywood is President of the Transatlantic Agency. She has extensive experience selling authors in North America for publication and TV/film representation. She launched her client list with Transatlantic Agency in 2004 after working in the international rights departments of Random House of Canada Ltd and WCA Ltd. Samantha represents a diverse and vibrant client list of novelists, memoirists, investigative journalists, graphic novelists, cookbook authors and thought leaders. Samantha represents international rights for the renown publisher, Drawn & Quarterly. She is also a founding member and former President of PACLA, the Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.

Some of her notable commercial fiction authors include: Amy Stuart (STILL MINE), Marissa Stapley (THE LAST RESORT and LUCKY), Nathan Ripley (FIND YOU IN THE DARK), Kate Hilton (THE HOLE IN THE MIDDLE), Kerry Clare (MITZI BYTES), Elizabeth Renzetti (BASED ON A TRUE STORY), Teresa Toten (BEWARE THE GIRL), and the Estate of A.S.A Harrison (THE SILENT WIFE). Some of her notable literary fiction clients include: Iain Reid (I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS), Zoe Whittall (THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE), Elisabeth de Mariaffi (HYSTERIA), Sarah Selecky (RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT), Melanie Mah (THE SWEETEST ONE), Rebecca Rosenblum (SO MUCH LOVE), Shauna Singh Baldwin (THE SELECTOR OF SOULS), Shani Mootoo (POLAR VORTEX), Claire Holden Rothman (MY OCTOBER), Miranda Hill (SLEEPING FUNNY), Katherine Ashenburg (SOFIE & CECILIA), Marni Jackson (DON’T I KNOW YOU?), Susan Swan (THE DEAD CELEBRITIES CLUB) and Amanda Leduc (THE CENTAUR’S WIFE). Some of her narrative nonfiction clients include: Alicia Elliott (A MIND SPREAD OUT ON THE GROUND), Samra Zafar (A GOOD WIFE), Plum Johnson (THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING), Rachel Giese (BOYS: What it Means to Become a Man), Chelene Knight (DEAR CURRENT OCCUPANT), Stacey May Fowles (BASEBALL LIFE ADVICE), Emily Urquhart (BEYOND THE PALE), Clara Hughes (OPEN HEART, OPEN MIND), Kevin Donovan (THE BILLIONAIRE MURDERS) and David Macfarlane (THE DANGER TREE). Some of her graphic novelist’s client include: Ani Castillo (PING), Robin Ha (ALMOST AMERICAN GIRL), Michael Cho (SHOPLIFTER), Scott Chantler (BIX), and Sarah Leavitt (AGNES MURDERESS) among others. Some of her cookbook authors include: Sam Turnbull (FUSS FREE VEGAN), Sara Lynn Cauchon (THE DOMESTIC GEEK’S MEALS MADE EASY) and Pailin Chongchitnant (HOT THAI KITCHEN).