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

Shannon Parr

Editorial Assistant
Shannon Parr is a freelance editor with a passion for all things literary. She is interested in all genres, but primarily finds herself reading fiction, poetry, and literary criticism. When reading something new, she believes a strongly written and well-rounded character can make any story.
Shannon holds an Hon. BA in English Language and Literature, and Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Studies, as well as a postgraduate certificate in Publishing.
She can often be seen with a coffee or on her way to get a coffee.

Terri Brunsting

Editorial Assistant

Terri Brunsting is a graduate of the Humber Creative Book Publishing program, and is starting her dream career as an editor after years of teaching high school English and Drama. She likes to read everything under the sun, from literary fiction to Stephen King to YA to her old Babysitter’s Club books. In her spare time, she dabbles in community theatre.

Ella Russell

Editorial Assistant

Ella is a writer and editor based in Toronto. Since April, 2017, she has been an editor and contributor for Narrative Muse, an online platform for women-driven book and film reviews. Ella holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, where she double majored in English Literature and Book & Media Studies. She has a love for all things fantasy and sci-fi, and her favourite courses always involved a healthy dose of fairytale in any form—from classical myth to Celtic folklore. She has also completed the summer intensive program for the Ryerson Chang School’s Publishing Certificate.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will always be her all-time favourite book, but Howl’s Moving Castle, anything by Robin Hobb, and of course Hitch Hiker’s Guide are close behind on the list.

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.