Samantha Haywood specializes in international publishing and has over 15 years’ experience selling primarily Canadian authors at home and abroad for volume publication and film/TV representation. Samantha launched her client list with Transatlantic Agency in 2004 after working in the foreign rights departments of Random House of Canada Ltd and Westwood Creative Artists. She represents a diverse and vibrant client list of more than 70 authors, ranging from award-winning and bestselling fiction (novels and short stories) to narrative non-fiction writers (investigative journalists and memoirs) and she has a passion for graphic novels. Her clients include Plum Johnson, Iain Reid, and Paula Todd, all appearing at this year’s festival.

Samantha handles foreign rights for the independent publisher, Drawn & Quarterly. Samantha is a director, shareholder and partner in the Transatlantic Agency and is assisted by associate agent, Stephanie Sinclair.