About MBLM

Marilyn Biderman Literary Management is a boutique agency representing authors of both fiction and non-fiction. Owner and agent Marilyn Biderman established the agency in the fall of 2010 after twenty years of experience in book publishing, most recently as Vice President, Rights and Contracts, at McClelland & Stewart Ltd, where she sold internationally the works of many acclaimed and bestselling authors, including Leonard Cohen, Alistair MacLeod, Anne Michaels, and Madeleine Thien. She is a lawyer, secretary of the newly-formed Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents, a member of the Advisory Board of Ryerson University’s Publishing Program and Sheridan College’s Creative Writing and Publishing Program, and is a frequent guest-lecturer at publishing courses and writers’ seminars.


What MBLM does for its clients:

Marilyn’s international reputation rests on the four pillars of effective agenting: hard work, ethics, technique, and contacts. Her passion is seeing good books published well, and she particularly loves working with authors (début and established) of literary fiction, commercial fiction, narrative and expert non-fiction, and memoir. She brings her high standards to every aspect of her practice: from reading the manuscripts of prospective clients to preparing submission materials, and to advising authors carefully during every step of the publishing process. Marilyn applies her expert knowledge of book publishing contracts, both for traditional print and electronic books, to every negotiation on her clients’ behalf. Frequent, in-depth communication on all issues, including marketing advice and career planning, is a hallmark of the agency’s service. The agency takes on authors, not books, with a long view to developing their careers, both in Canada and abroad.


Submission Guidelines:

MBLM welcomes queries and submissions of adult fiction and non-fiction. We do not handle poetry, screenplays, science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy for adult readers at all. Manuscripts for the young adult fiction market are accepted by referral only and even then, very selectively. Please send a brief query by email with a concise description of the manuscript, along with a small sample of it (up to 1500 words), and a short biography to: queries@mblm.ca. Marilyn usually responds to initial queries within a week. She appreciates your patience, and, if she agrees to consider your manuscript, aims to reply within two months. Please note that, due to the volume of submissions, Marilyn cannot offer detailed comments — editorial or other advice — on the manuscripts she declines to represent.



Marilyn is also available for an hourly rate to consult on various publishing matters, including reviewing and negotiating contracts, drafting original documents, and advising on existing contracts and general publishing issues.  Contact her for further details.


Follow Marilyn on Twitter at: @marilynbiderma

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