Ali combines passion, knowledge, and caring into one super kidlit agent.

—E. Paul Zehr

Smart cookie, independent thinker, insightful woman, team player, business savvy agent, worker bee and the kind of girlfriend you want to have laughs and drinks with, all rolled into one fabulous package! Such a gem!

—Glenda Leznoff

Ali McDonald

Agent, Kidlit

After ten years in the service industry, Ali McDonald decided to make use of her BA in English Literature & Linguistics (Glendon College, York University). She enrolled in the Ryerson University publishing program and applied to The Rights Factory. In the year that followed, Ali graduated from agency assistant to editorial associate to associate agent. That was 2009.

Now the lead agent specializing in children’s literature at The Rights Factory, Ali 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. 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 (HannibalAHS, or The Americans), or the rare cameo at the family-run restaurant. She lives with her husband and in-laws in Toronto’s east end.

Elevator pitch: Ali is Anne of Green Gables meets Jerry Maguire.

Interested in:

Action/Adventure, Biography, Contemporary Realistic, Fantasy, Horror, Magic Realism, Mystery, Popular Science, Recent Historical, Romance, Science Fiction, Speculative, Thriller

Authors Represented: