About Us

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.

Origins

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.

Staff

Sam Hiyate

President

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.

Mike Auty

Operations Manager

Over the last fifteen years, Mike has worked to modernize small businesses by using the right combination of technology, collaborative workflows and design. Always coming from a content-first, mobile-first, human-centered view of the customer experience, publishing is the latest industry to fall victim to his relentless pursuit of efficiency. Using software to enable the people who make up an organization to spend more time adding value and less time doing things that robots can now do for us.

Chloë Marck

Administrative Assistant

Filer of things, organizer of all. Scanning the endless stream of paper into digital. Reducing general office chaos during the week.

Anna Trader

Agency Assistant

Anna worked in New York at Consumer Reports Magazine, assisting with the launch and maintenance of the magazine’s website.  She earned an MBA in Human Resources, but later left the big city for the West Palm Beach office of Esquire Deposition and Litigation Services, working closely with attorneys and court reporters.  Her varied career has allowed her to find new ways to combine business knowledge, experience, technology, and creativity, all to the benefit of her clients.

Anna depends on her love for literature to sustain her spirit.  She is almost certainly reading when she isn’t with her daughter. She has eclectic taste, moving between general fiction, historical fiction and non-fiction, including health, mind & body and children’s books.  Recently, to sharpen her publishing skills, she completed her post-graduate certificate in publishing at Centennial College in Toronto and began working with The Rights Factory as the Agency Assistant.


                    

Jackie Brown

Agency Assistant

Best-selling author with 25+ yrs exp in publishing industry. Reading, editorializing and other things at TRF. Love books, comedy, learning, LIFE!