The Master Class

What Publishers Want (and Authors Need): A Workshop with Literary Agent Sam Hiyate

Includes Question and Answers and Random Query Letter Critique.

Today’s literary marketplace remains a mystery to up-and-coming writers. Often they ask themselves, what do I do next? How do I write a query letter that will stand out? What are editors really looking for? Most importantly, how do I know that my work is ready to be submitted?

Agent Sam Hiyate will examine the publishing world in Canada, the U.S. and international markets in this 2.5-3 hours workshop. What are the market’s needs, wants, trends and ‘must haves’?

How can you as a writer target your submission to get the attention of an editor or agent? What are the best ways to improve your chances of getting published?

Sam will examine the reasons submissions get published, and top reasons most never make it out of the slush pile.

Learn about the publishing world and its trends in this invaluable workshop aimed at helping you understand what the market wants.


Sam Hiyate is a literary agent and president of The Rights Factory, a literary agency in Toronto with an international reach. In his 25+year publishing career, he has worked at literary magazines, small presses and with Globe and Mail, New York Times and international bestselling authors, editing and representing everything from debut fiction, memoir and narrative non- fiction to graphic novels. He has taught writing and publishing for 15 years privately and also at various universities. His most recent project is an online magazine, Don’t Talk to Me About Love, exploring love in literary and artistic works.

Details: You must register for this class.

Cost is $20 paid via PayPal or e-transfer if in Canada (please submit payment with your registration)

If you registered for Wine Country Writers Festival for 2020 and didn’t receive a refund then this class for you is FREE. You still need to register though.

Do you want your query letter critiqued by Sam Hiyate during the Master Class? You can forward your query letter to and we’ll forward them to Sam. The letters will be chosen at random and critiqued on the spot during the master class. Please ensure your name is on the query for Admin purposes. One per person.

Space will be limited. Please note that purchased sessions are nonrefundable but are transferrable.

Master Class: Class with Sam Hiyate. $20.

**The exception are those who registered for WCWF 2020 and left their fees to carry over–the master class is FREE! And yes, you’re already paid up for 2022).

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