After a long career in finance, Cassandra Rodgers decided to pursue her love of literature by getting involved with running a literary festival. Organizing panels, looking after authors and managing promotions paved the way to her current career as an agent. She joined The Rights Factory in 2013, where she uses her discerning tastes and sharp business acumen in the service of her clients’ literary careers.
Cassandra has a diverse group of clients from across North America that ranges from debut authors to celebrities. Actively building her list, she is interested in adult literary and commercial women’s fiction. With a degree in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto, she does have a weakness for historical fiction. Non-fiction is another passion – particularly politics, history, science, and finance. Memoirs that can make her laugh, cry, or inspire her are always welcome.
When not at her laptop and reading manuscripts, her time is directed to her two children, her friends, and infrequent visits to the gym. The stacks of books that have taken over her home indicate that reading is still a joy as well as a business. She lives in central Toronto.
Commercial Upmarket, Historical Fiction, History, Literary Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Politics, Popular Science, Womens
Marais’s ‘HUM’ Gets Louder At Putnam
Kerri Kolen at G.P. Putnam’s Sons took world rights to the debut novel by Bianca Marais, Hum If You Don’t Know the Words. The novel, which the publisher is calling a “South African The Secret Life of Bees,” is set in Johannesburg in 1976.
Patience is key
This is a slow moving industry and you can’t control the pace. All you can control is the work you've put into writing the best book possible, move quickly (but not too quickly on edits), and take a deep breath. Welcome to publishing. However, the thrill of seeing your book in print is definitely worth the wait. And if it isn’t, this is not the business for you. But we hope it is and love being part of the process.