The P.S. Literary Agency (PSLA), established in 2005, represents both fiction and nonfiction works to leading publishers in North America, Europe and throughout the World. We maintain a small but select client list that receives our undivided attention and focused efforts.
PSLA seeks to work with clients who are professional and committed to their goals. It is our desire to work with clients for the duration of their careers. In addition to contract negotiations, and editorial and marketing guidance, our commitment extends to post-publication in pursuing foreign, audio, digital, TV/film and serial rights. Our team stays current and on top of publishing trends by attending national and international industry conferences and travelling to all major publishing hubs to meet and network with top editors.
Please take a moment to meet our team:
Curtis Russell – President & Principal Agent
Curtis Russell began his publishing career as the proprietor of a micro press before crossing over to the other side of the desk and founding the P.S. Literary Agency. Curtis’ reputation for excellence and passion for getting the best for his authors has resulted in a wide-ranging and diverse client list that appeals to his many literary interests. His penchant for discovering writers with unique ideas in a variety of categories has served the agency well. And his ability to spot talent of all stripes has resulted in the creation of a growing and dynamic PSLA team committed to the highest standards of literary representation. If you would like to send a query to Curtis, please review our Submission Guidelines.
Carly Watters – VP, Senior Literary Agent, and Director of Literary Branding
Carly Watters began her publishing career in London at the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency. She has a BA in English Literature from Queen’s University and a MA in Publishing Studies from City University London. Since joining PSLA in 2010 Carly has had great success launching new authors domestically and abroad. Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents at PSLA. Representing debuts and bestsellers, Carly is drawn to: emotional, well-paced fiction with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in, and platform-driven non-fiction. If you would like to send a query to Carly, please review our Submission Guidelines.
Maria Vicente – Literary Agent
Maria Vicente is a literary agent at P.S. Literary, specializing in children’s fiction and nonfiction projects for readers of all ages. As an editorial agent, she provides support to her clients through all stages of the writing and publication process. Her publishing career began as an intern with Bree Ogden at D4EO Literary Agency, and she also interned at P.S. Literary before joining the agency as an associate agent. Maria holds a B.A. in English Literature from Carleton University and a B.Ed. from the University of Western Ontario. She has affinities for literary prose, diverse characters, original storytelling formats, and anything geeky. If you would like to send a query to Maria, please review our Submission Guidelines.
Kurestin Armada – Literary Agent
Kurestin Armada began her publishing career as an intern with Workman Publishing, and spent time as an assistant at The Lotts Agency before joining P.S. Literary. She holds a B.A. in English from Kenyon College, as well as a publishing certificate from Columbia University. Kurestin is based in New York City, and spends most of her time in the city’s thriving indie bookstores. She reads widely across genres, and has a particular affection for science fiction and fantasy, especially books that recognize and subvert typical tropes of genre fiction. If you would like to send a query to Kurestin, please review our Submission Guidelines.
Eric Smith – Literary Agent
Eric Smith is a literary agent at P.S. Literary, with a love for young adult books, sci-fi, fantasy, and non-fiction. He began his publishing career at Quirk Books in Philadelphia, working social media and marketing on numerous books he absolutely adored. Eric completed his BA in English at Kean University, and his MA in English at Arcadia University. A frequent blogger, his ramblings about books appear on Book Riot, Paste Magazine, Barnes & Noble’s blog, and more. As an author, he’s been published by Bloomsbury, Quirk, and Flux. Eric is currently closed to queries.
Kimberley Griffiths – Editorial Literary Assistant
Kimberley Griffiths is a first-year PhD student at the University of Toronto, and is a long-time book lover and aspiring editor. She has completed B.A.H. and M.A. degrees in English literature from Queen’s and McMaster, as well as a publishing certificate from Humber College. She has worked for various Toronto-based presses and publications including Descant Magazine, ECW Press, and the Literary Review of Canada. She has also been involved with multiple student publications, and, while she isn’t a writer herself, she loves interpreting and working with text-everything from Tolkien to Virginia Woolf to contemporary graphic novels. Her research interests include Modernism (specifically Woolf), temporality, queer theory, object and archival theory, trauma and witnessing, and the abject. She has an ongoing, albeit sadly metaphorical, love affair with Leonard Cohen.
Diana Gallagher – Editorial Literary Assistant
Though Diana Gallagher be but little, she is fierce. She’s also a gymnastics coach and judge, former collegiate gymnast, and writing professor. Her work has appeared in The Southampton Review, International Gymnast,The Couch Gymnast, and on a candy cigarette box for SmokeLong Quarterly. She holds an MFA from Stony Brook University and her contemporary YA novel, Lessons in Falling, released in 2017.
Amanda Schiffmann – Digital, Social Media, and Brand Development Coordinator
Amanda Schiffmann interned at P.S. Literary before becoming the Digital, Social Media, and Brand Development Coordinator. She ran a book blog for four years, during which she read obsessively and helped promote the books she loved. Amanda has her B.A. in Graphic Design from Bridgewater State University.
Andrea Dunlop – Literary Branding Consultant
Andrea Dunlop, author of Losing the Light, She Regrets Nothing, and Broken Bay (Atria/Simon & Schuster), began her career as an in-house publicist for Doubleday (Random House) where she worked with bestselling authors such as Tina Brown, Jonathan Lethem, and Linda Fairstein. She later took over as Publicity Manager for Kim Ricketts Book Events, promoting a wide range of cookbook and literary events with authors including Laurie David, Rene Redzepi, and Steven Johnson. After, she spent five years with editorial and book production firm Girl Friday Productions as their Executive Director of Social Media and Marketing, working with both traditionally and self-published clients and spearheading the company’s marketing efforts.
Stephanie Winter – Agency Relations Assistant
Stephanie Winter interned for P.S. Literary under Carly Watters before becoming the Agency Relations Assistant. She previously interned for Patchwork Press, where she exercised her editing skills on YA and science fiction/fantasy manuscripts. She has a M.A. in English: Issues in Modern Culture from University College London, England, and a B.A. in English and History from the University of Toronto. When she’s not combing through the Community & Culture and Arts & Letters sections of her local bookstore, she’s there shelving the new releases as an Indigospirit CER. She hopes to join the ranks of literary agents one day and help see new writers through to publication.
B.D. Gyulai – VP, Business Affairs, and Submissions Coordinator
B.D. Gyulai is responsible for all back office administration which includes reviewing royalty statements, client payment processing, maintaining the PSLA website and acting as the liaison between clients and agents.
Paula Breen – Contracts Manager
Paula Breen is a former publishing executive with over thirty years experience in negotiating and deal-making. Before becoming an independent publishing consultant in 2003, she was Vice President and Director of Contracts for Random House. Prior to that, she worked in the contracts department of both Crown Publishers and Simon & Schuster. Paula is known throughout the industry as a fair but tough and tenacious negotiator, and she utilizes her experience to help negotiate contracts on behalf of PSLA.