Carolyn Swayze established her agency in 1994, when W. P. Kinsella persuaded her to leave her law practice and to sign him as her first client. Her background included a previous life as a freelance writer, (humour, business, literary fiction), a novelist (a genre mystery published in 1977 in the US and a literary novel, publication of which was aborted when the Canadian publisher declared bankruptcy in 1984), and a rather scholarly biography, published in 1987.
Since 1994 the agency has had the pleasure of assisting emerging and established authors realize their publication dreams. Their ages have ranged from 22 to 84 years.
The books they have guided to publication include literary and commercial fiction, creative non-fiction, Canadian history, memoirs, humour and cookbooks, as well as a few books for younger readers.
The Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency does not handle romance, science fiction, poetry, screenplays or children's picture books. They consider some fantasy for children but not for adults. They are rarely interested in self-help, religion or self-improvement books.
They do handle literary fiction, juvenile and teen books and a limited list of commercial fiction.
They are eager to discover lively, thought-provoking narrative non-fiction, especially in the fields of science, nature, history, travel, politics, pop culture, food, lifestyle, parenting and memoir.
Panel: Staying Alive in Publishing