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Mr. Sam Hiyate

The Rights Factory

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Sam Hiyate

The Rights Factory

PO Box 499, Station C
Toronto, ON M6J 3P6
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Literary Fiction


General Non-Fiction
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Known Clients (current & past)
Oscar Allueva
Michel Basilieres
Margot Berwin
Varda Burstyn
Dave Butler
Lila Cecil
Thalia Charney
Timothy Christian
Jennifer Close
Rosemary Counter
Yvette d'Entremont
Melissa DeJesus
Elaine Dewar
Oonagh Duncan
Norine Dworkin-McDaniel
Benjamin Errett
John Farndon
Debbie Fox
Rupinder Gill
Jesse Gilmour
Peter Goddard
Lee Goldberg
Shinan Govani
Lee Gowan
Alexandra Grigorescu
Alex Huntley
Cole Imperi
Chris Johns
Sam Juric
Andrew Kaufman
Michelle Kim
Sohan Koonar
Kinga Korska
Arkadi Kuhlmann
David Layton
David Leach
Barbra Leslie
Anneke Lucas
Cecilia Lyra
Maureen Medved
Mark Milke
Elana Millman
Nathaniel G Moore
Sally Moore
Rebecca Nison
Kathryn Paulsen
Nick Pengelley
Katie Peyton
Bruce Philp
Ed Power
Barbara Radecki
Alexandra Risen
Elisa Romero Hategan
John Semley
Leslie Shimotakahara
David Skuy
Michael Soussan
Stephen Stohn
Jonathan Tepper
Diane Terrana
Chris Turner
Joanne Vannicola
Maurice Vellekoop
Andy Walker
Christopher Ward
Imogen Lloyd Webber
Jessica Westhead
Showey Yazdanian
E Paul Zehr
Author Comments
Comments by authors about this agent.
01/04/2022 04:57 PM
Sent notice of offer of rep from another agent. This guy has 19 pages of mostly negative comments on Absolute Write. So I think we're probably done here anyway.
12/29/2021 08:58 AM
82k memoir

Not sure what happened here. Status was outstanding when I logged on then changed to declined at some point during my session.
Query Age at 121 days and no response so will close anyway
08/19/2021 11:33 PM
Next day request for full. The request came with a warning that NF is all about platform these days, so I'll cross my fingers but I won't hold my breath.
06/17/2021 07:44 PM
04/21/2021 06:22 PM
EQ + first 50 pp. on 3/22/21
FR 3/24/21 with new agent CC'ed

Kind rejection with short but comprehensive feedback on 4/19.
02/13/2021 12:37 PM
Yay! Request for full after one day.
Adult graphic novel.
04/20/2019 06:39 AM
EQ 6/5/18 (Venom)
CNR 4/15/19 (Though this automatically closed last fall last year, I did nudge him and heard back from him in February--he said to check my spam for a response. I did. Nothing there. No more responses from him up until this point before he changed to Query Manager.)
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
03/20/2019 09:04 AM
Profile Update: New online query form. Genres updated.
03/04/2019 11:20 AM
EQ: 3/4/2019

Commercial: 80K
01/07/2019 10:55 AM
Jennifer Close's agent
12/12/2018 02:30 PM
Thriller 90K
From Query: 8/22/2018
FR: 8/22/2018
CNR: 12/12/2018
05/10/2018 02:05 PM
Online form: 4/7/18 71,000 word crime
CNR: 5/10/18
05/07/2018 10:40 AM
OQ: 05/07/2018 84k SF/Horror Short Stories
03/16/2018 07:57 AM
EQ to Gina Zampino: 7/10
FR: 7/11 (YAY!)
8/8: Got a really sweet update that she hadn't forgotten about me and was getting to my manuscript soon! It was so nice!
10/30: Got a very kind rejection letter today (she was no longer going to be working as an agent) with an offer to pass my manuscript along to another colleague which I accepted.


12/8: Reached out to Sam who said he would review it and get back to me in the new year.
2/21: Checked in, and Sam reported that he had a new agent reviewing it
2/27: Received and accepted an offer of representation from new agent Stacey Kondla!
03/11/2018 01:10 PM
EQ 2/25/18
01/18/2018 04:48 PM
I was in contact with Cassandra from TRF. She requested the first 50 pages. While she didn't take me on as a client, she wrote me an encouraging and kind rejection letter.
01/15/2018 02:28 PM
Queried 1/15/18, 100000 word fiction "Errors of Omission"
11/21/2017 01:29 PM
QR to egriffin@cookeagency.ca on August 28. No response as at 11/21/17
11/06/2017 09:44 PM
OQ: 11/06/2017 75k Hist Fic - Fam Saga - Thrlr
11/04/2017 09:36 AM
I never got a response either, but I did end up on their email list to advertise writing seminars, etc. that I could pay for. Not impressed with that tactic.
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03/20/2019 - New online query form. Genres updated.
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