45-minute 1-on-1 conversation with Young Adult(YA) & Kidlit Expert Ali McDonald. Includes a pre-reading of your manuscript & book synopsis
Ali teaches publishing to writing students at the University of Toronto School for Continuing Studies and is living the dream of having a job she loves.
In her 10th year at Toronto literary agency The Rights Factory, Ali McDonald 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.
Ali enjoys working primarily with debut authors, but also has the distinguished pleasure of representing critically-acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors among her international clients, including a New York Times bestseller and Hugo Award Winner:
- Laura Nowlin (If He Had Been With Me, This Song is (Not) For You)
- Emily Pohl-Weary (Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl)
- Jo Treggiari (Blood Will Out, The Grey Sisters)
Maxine Kaplan (The Accidental Bad Girl, Wench)
What writers are saying about Ali
"My 1-on-1 meeting with Ali was absolutely fantastic. She gave me a lot of great editorial direction and ideas on how to improve the content and writing of my manuscript. She was very forthright but generous and kind in her advice and feedback. I feel excited and re-energized to continue working on my book, and can’t wait to attend more writers meetings and workshops to further my development as a writer."
— L.K., Toronto
"I just had my meeting with Ali and the experience was fantastic. Her input, comments, I just loved spending time with her.”
— Johanna Montilla, Toronto
"It was amazing! Ali was very encouraging and her feedback and suggestions were really helpful. I was really glad I did it."
— Jacquie Buncel, Toronto
How it Works
Once you purchase your session, we'll email you within 2 business days to schedule a meeting date and time, and to chat about any specific requirements or requests you have.
We'll need to receive your manuscript pages and your synopsis 5 days in advance of your meeting so that Ali has a chance to read them thoroughly.
At the time of your meeting, Ali will contact you by phone to dive right in!
You'll walk away with excellent insight from a professional about how to write, improve, market and sell your book or other work!