Ali combines passion, knowledge, and caring into one super kidlit agent.
E. Paul Zehr
If Ali wants to represent you, then she deeply loves your work and wants your book published just as much as you do.
In her eighth year at The Rights Factory, Ali is the lead agent specializing in children’s literature. She represents a select list of authors with projects ranging from novelty, board books, picture books, early readers, chapter books, and graphic novels, to middle grade, young adult and new adult fiction and non-fiction. She enjoys working primarily with debut authors, but also has the distinguished pleasure of representing literary stars among her international clients, including New York Times bestselling author Laura Nowlin (If He Had Been With Me and This Song is (Not) For You), Hugo-award-winning Emily Pohl-Weary (Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl), and multi-award-nominated and Best Book-listed author Jo Treggiari (forthcoming Blood Will Out), among others. Ali is living the dream of having a job she loves.
In the wild, Ali can be seen typically reading a book (kidlit, of course), watching guilty pleasure TV (currently Ash vs The Evil Dead, Scandal, and Riverdale), instructing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program, or chatting with writers at meetups!
Elevator pitch: Ali is Anne of Green Gables meets Jerry Maguire.
Action/Adventure, Biography, Contemporary Realistic, Fantasy, Horror, Magic Realism, Mystery, Popular Science, Recent Historical, Romance, Science Fiction, Speculative, Thriller
- Ailsa Lillywhite
- Ainslie Hogarth
- Alisha Sevigny
- Annie Calhoun
- Aoife Lennon-Ritchie
- Beck Nicholas
- Caitlin Krahn
- Carolyn O’Doherty
- Charles Bush
- Christine Walde
- E. Paul Zehr
- Emily Pohl-Weary
- Frieda Wishinsky
- Glenda Leznoff
- Harry Endrulat
- Holly Dalsymmer
- Jo Treggiari
- Kirsten Marion
- Laura Nowlin
- Maxine Kaplan
- Meaghan McIsaac
- Stephanie Innes
A Literary Agent’s Guide to Getting Published, UofT Course May 2017!
Sam Hiyate and Ali McDonald will be teaching A Literary Agent’s Guide to Getting Published at the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies, beginning May 2017! With exclusive access to two agents from The Rights Factory, including one-on-one critiques, a query letter writing workshop, non-fiction proposal tutorial, copyright and contracts module, an overview of the […]
KCP Loft signs up Alisha Sevigny’s SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS!
We are thrilled to announce that Hunger Games editor Kate Egan has acquired Alisha Sevigny‘s stunning summer romance YA, Summer Constellations, for the fabulous new KCP Loft list! Following toe-curler Kissing Frogs, this heartfelt beach read will be publishing Spring 2018. Seventeen-year-old Julia Ducharme fights to save her family campground and lifelong home from a disreputable developer, finding an unlikely ally […]
Carolyn O’Doherty’s debut REWIND gets a two-book deal!
We are incredibly excited to have found the perfect publishing home for Carolyn O’Doherty‘s debut REWIND with editor Mary Colgan at Boyds Mills Press! The preemptive two-book deal reflects Mary’s wonderful enthusiasm for the project, and her support for Carolyn’s bright literary future. We couldn’t be more thrilled. REWIND is a speculative YA that follows Alex […]