The P.S. Literary Agency (PSLA), established in 2005, represents both fiction and non-fiction works to leading publishers in North America, Europe and throughout the World. We maintain a 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 and Principal Agent
Curtis Russell began his publishing career as the proprietor of an indie press before founding the P.S. Literary Agency nearly two decades ago. Curtis’ reputation for excellence and passion for getting the best for his creators has resulted in a wide-ranging and diverse client list that appeals to his many literary interests. His penchant for discovering creators with standout 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.
B.D. Gyulai – Executive VP and Business Affairs
B.D. Gyulai is responsible for all back office administration which includes reviewing royalty statements, client payment processing, and acting as the liaison between clients and agents.
Carly Watters – Senior Literary Agent and Senior Advisor
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 creators 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 – Senior Literary Agent
Maria Vicente is a senior literary agent at PSLA, specializing in children’s fiction and non-fiction projects for readers of all ages. As an editorial agent, she provides support to 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 PSLA 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.
Eric Smith – Literary Agent
Eric Smith is a literary agent at PSLA, with a love for young adult books, literary fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, and non-fiction. He’s worked on award-winning and New York Times bestselling titles, and began his publishing career at Quirk Books. A frequent blogger, his ramblings about books and the publishing industry regularly appear on Book Riot, Paste Magazine, and Publishing Crawl. He also occasionally writes books when he finds the time, like his latest, Don’t Read the Comments (Inkyard Press). If you would like to send a query to Eric, please review our Submission Guidelines.
Claire Harris – Literary Agent
Claire Harris is a literary agent with a passion for a wide range of fiction and non-fiction for adults. She got her start through the NYU Summer Publishing Institute and worked at a mid-sized agency before joining the PSLA team. Claire seeks projects with unique voices, interesting writing styles, and compelling characters. She enjoys the creative process of working with creators and collaborating closely with them throughout all stages of their careers. Having grown up in Wisconsin, she has a soft spot for stories set in the Midwest. If you would like to send a query to Claire, please review our Submission Guidelines.
Stephanie Winter – Associate Agent
Stephanie Winter is an associate agent at PSLA. She first joined the agency as an intern before becoming the agency’s relations assistant. Stephanie holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto in English Literature and an M.A. in English: Issues in Modern Culture from University College London. She is looking for diverse, inclusive voices in fiction and graphic novels for adults and young readers. Stephanie particularly appreciates strong characters who bend stereotypes, genders, and more. If you would like to send a query to Stephanie, please review our Submission Guidelines.
Cecilia Lyra – Associate Agent
Cecilia Lyra is an associate agent at PSLA representing adult fiction and non-fiction. She is particularly drawn to books centered around dysfunctional families, ethical or moral dilemmas, and taboo subjects. As a mixed race Latinx immigrant, Cecilia is passionate about representing under or misrepresented voices and stories that contribute to a larger cultural conversation. She began her publishing career through the Centennial College Book, Magazine and Electronic program and The Rights Factory. Cecilia is also a recovering lawyer but asks that you do not hold that against her. If you would like to send a query to Cecilia, please review our Submission Guidelines.
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 and Social Media Coordinator
Amanda Schiffmann interned at PSLA before becoming the Digital and Social Media 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.
Jo Ramsay – Literary Assistant
Jo Ramsay (she/they) is a book enthusiast who works as a literary assistant at PSLA and as the editorial director of Shrapnel Magazine. She’s worked in publishing for over six years at places such as Simon & Schuster, PRISM international, Arsenal Pulp Press, This Magazine, and Greystone Books. She’s lived in Canada, the UK, and Japan. When she’s not working or reading, she’s an avid rock climber and dragon boater.
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.