John Pearce

This was my first foray into the publishing world, and I have to say that thanks to John and the team at WCA it has been nothing but an incredibly positive experience. John’s constant guidance, expertise, connections within the industry, and his willingness to repeatedly go above and beyond, resulted in me getting an excellent book deal and I cannot recommend him or the agency highly enough.

Genevieve von PetzingerAuthor of The First Signs

I enjoy drawing on my years in publishing (latterly with Doubleday and Random House of Canada) to explain the arcana of publishing to authors. I enjoy drawing on my decades of editing and working with writers to interpret their needs and desires to publishers. I relish being 100% on the side of the author.

What I’m looking for

In both fiction and non-fiction I look for a distinctive voice, vivid story-telling, insightful characterization and scintillating prose. If the book has the potential to win awards or attract film deals, all the better. Although I’m taking on only a handful of new clients, I’m always on the lookout for that special new discovery.

I love working with journalists; historians; biographers; I also love memoir, popular science, humour, travel and Big Ideas. What I respond to is the combination of the author’s passion for the subject and their ability to write about it engagingly. In fiction I lean towards novels that are literary but narrative-driven; also to high-quality mysteries, thrillers/suspense and historical fiction. No romance, SF or fantasy. No short-story collections. No children’s books. And in non-fiction, no books of practical advice.

Books I’m particularly proud to have edited or represented

The Wars and Famous Last Words by Timothy Findley; Red China Blues by Jan Wong; The $12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shark by Don Thompson; Karma by Cathy Ostlere; Arrival City by Doug Saunders; Indian HorseMedicine Walk and Starlight by Richard Wagamese; Kasztner’s Train by Anna Porter; Intolerable by Kamal Al-Solaylee; The First Signs by Genevieve von Petzinger; Empty Planet by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson.

Books I wish I’d edited or represented

Into The Silence by Wade Davis; Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie; Stalin: The Court Of The Red Tsar by Simon Sebag Montefiore; The Year Of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks; The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen; The Scramble For Africa by Thomas Pakenham.

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