The Cooke Agency represents literary and commercial fiction (including science fiction, fantasy and romance), narrative-driven nonfiction in the areas of popular culture, science, history, natural history, politics, personal reference and children's books. We do not represent poetry or screenplays.
Our team is energetic and client-focussed. Our clients never speak to an assistant. We give personal attention, and a lot of time, to our authors as we work collaboratively with them to fine-tune their manuscripts. We submit their material to publishers, negotiate contracts on their behalf and monitor marketing and sales efforts. We want to build careers and we concentrate not just on what is the best offer, but what is the best decision for an author in the long term. We respond promptly and personally to resolve any difficulties or concerns our clients may have in the publishing process.
The Cooke Agency was established in 1992 by Dean Cooke, who operated for several years as the sole literary agent and employee. Seventeen years later, the agency employs four full-time employees and sells to publishers around the world. In 2007 the company merged with The Harding Agency of Vancouver and is now co-owned by Vancouver-based literary agent Sally Harding, and The Cooke Agency’s founding owner, Dean Cooke.
The Cooke Agency represents more than one hundred writers, including award-winning and best-selling authors.
Our agency represents many national and international award-winning authors of quality fiction and nonfiction. Our clients are routinely long-listed, short-listed and awarded prizes for the high quality of their work. Each agent has a background in professional editorial and publishing work and we are conscientious and meticulous in our editorial input on manuscripts and proposals. Our clients also share the benefits of our broad network of colleagues and contacts in the international publishing community and the up-to-the-minute perspective we have on the market in North America and the world through daily information gathering and analysis. Our agency is at the forefront of the legal, financial and contractual issues surrounding e-books and will be taking a leading role in shaping this exciting new publishing market.