Suzanne has worked in publishing for nearly 20 years, having previously worked as an independent bookseller, a non-fiction proposal writer, a ghost writer, an editor at Doubleday Canada, and as a literary agent and subsidiary rights director for The Cooke Agency, before joining Cooke International in September 2009 as subsidiary rights director. Suzanne has strong working relationships around the world, is a frequent attendee of the London and Frankfurt book fairs, and has participated in numerous international publishing fellowships—most recently the prestigious Jerusalem Fellowship. Suzanne is a hands-on agent and works with her clients to develop their book projects, fiction, and non-fiction alike, helping to brainstorm and fine-tune book ideas, craft proposals, and substantively edit the works before submission and publication. She has helped develop and place international rights to numerous bestselling titles, including Dr. Piers Steel's The Procrastination Equation, Emily White's Lonely: A Memoir, CS Richardson's The End of the Alphabet, and Tanis Rideout's Above All Things. Suzanne's nightstand is a tower of books, magazines, and gadgets, with a mix of contemporary women's fiction, literary fiction, self-help, nutrition, alternative health, specialty-diet cookbooks, memoirs, and cutting-edge thinking in the areas of business, science, psychology, and current affairs—reading that reflects her interests as an agent.
Ron Eckel, literary agent at CookeMcDermid and co-owner of Cooke International, is a graduate of Simon Fraser University's Master of Publishing program and twenty-year veteran of Canadian publishing. Ron began his career writing for and editing Hockey Times, an independent amateur hockey magazine in Waterloo, Ontario. Ron worked with Penguin Group Canada, Westwood Creative Artists, and Random House of Canada Limited before joining Cooke International. Among Ron’s many international successes are the sale of Thomas Olde Heuvelt’s English-language debut HEX into eighteen territories, the works of Dr. Gabor Maté and Dr. Gordon Neufeld into more than forty territories, and Susin Nielsen’s middle grade and young adult fiction into eleven territories. Ron’s client list at CookeMcDermid includes bestselling author Scaachi Koul, CBC Radio columnist and pop-culture critic Jesse Wente, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame RUSH bassist Geddy Lee. Ron devours equal amounts of fiction and non-fiction but is particularly drawn to contemporary literature, SFF and horror, and any biography, authorized or not, of the Ramones.
HANA EL NIWAIRI
Hana joined Cooke International in January 2017, coming with a background in arts administration where she worked with organizations such as the Book and Periodical Council and Culture Days. She is the liaison between Cooke International's clients, co-agents and scouts, in addition to working on marketing materials and translation contracts, and providing support to Ron and Suzanne. Hana is a graduate of Humber College's arts administration and cultural management program and holds a Honours BA in creative writing and English literature with a major in psychology from Western University. Hana enjoys reading a wide range of genres, including fantasy, poetry, graphic novels of all kinds, and nonfiction that forces you to re-examine your worldview.
Carolyn joined Cooke International in November 2017, following an internship at The McDermid Agency (now CookeMcDermid). After completing a BA in English and communication studies at McGill University, she attended Humber College’s creative book publishing program, graduating with honours in August 2017. In the role of rights assistant, she participates in the selling of rights to French Canada, the US, the UK, and children’s markets. Carolyn also acts as liaison between CI clients, co-agents, and foreign publishers, and assists with rights inquiries and contract negotiations. She reads across genres—literary fiction, mystery novels, essay collections, classics—but especially enjoys a well-crafted memoir. When she’s not reading, Carolyn likes to spend her time exploring new restaurants, traveling, and adding to her ever-expanding collections of vintage clothing and antique glassware.
Leah joined Cooke International in November 2014, providing both general and operational support for the agents, and working closely with clients and co-agents on all financial and tax matters. She is a graduate of Humber College's creative book publishing program, holds an Honours BA in English literature from Dalhousie University, and has a BA in philosophy from York University. Before pursuing a career in the publishing industry, she worked for seven years as an accounting clerk in the calibration and NDT industries. She will devour any cultural artifact that makes her think or makes her laugh.