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

—E. Paul Zehr

In this industry you need people – good people – in your corner, and I’m glad I have Ali in mine.

—Beck Nicholas

Ali McDonald

Agent, Kidlit

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.

Interested in:

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

Authors Represented: