Sunday, July 19, 2020

Five agents at kt Literary seeking new authors

Most Likely by Sarah Watson
represented by kt Literary

Kt Literary
Highlands Ranch,
Denver, Colorado

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kt literary is a full-service literary agency. It was founded by Kate Testerman in 2008 when she moved to Colorado after a dozen years working in publishing in New York City. There are eight agents at kt, several of whom are looking for authors:

Sara Megibow is a literary agent with kt literary out of Highlands Ranch, CO. She has worked in publishing since 2006 and represents New York Times bestsellers authors including Margaret Rogerson, Roni Loren, Jason M. Hough and Jaleigh Johnson. She specializes in launching debut authors and working on long-term career development and profit strategy with them. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with degrees in Women’s Studies, Gender Studies and American History. Always LGBTQ+ Friendly!
Sara seeks authors in middle grade, young adult, and adult romance, erotica, science fiction, and fantasy. See more details of what Sara is looking for here.
Query Sara at
Include the first three pages of your manuscript. In the subject line include the word “Query” along with the title of your manuscript. No attachments.

Hilary Harwell originally joined the kt literary team to support office operations and assist with queries and manuscripts, and now acts as Agent to a growing list of clients of her own. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a degree in Anthropology and went on to work in the back office of a major Swiss Investment Bank for eight years before deciding to trade numbers for letters. When not reading or editing or writing stories of her own, Hilary likes to hike the Rockies with her family and dreams of one day owning her own horses.
She Tweets here.
Hilary is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction.
Query Hilary at:
Include the first three pages of your manuscript. In the subject line include the word “Query” along with the title of your manuscript. No attachments.

Chelsea Hensley was a freelance editor and perpetual publishing intern before joining kt literary. In 2018 she mentored in Pitch Wars and most recently was an editorial intern at Page Street Publishing where she assisted on titles from Addie Thorley and Breanna Shields. She has a BA in English from the University of Missouri and lives and works as a bookseller in St. Louis, MO.
Chelsea is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction as well as select Adult projects.  She likes fresh and imaginative SFF, dark and twisty mysteries/thrillers, and whip smart protagonists. She is interested in working with authors belonging to groups traditionally underrepresented in publishing, especially Black authors. When she isn’t working, she can be found playing Dungeons & Dragons, watching The Golden Girls, or playing with her dog. See more details of what Chelsea is looking for here.
She Tweets here.
Query Chelsea at:
Include the first three pages of your manuscript. In the subject line include the word “Query” along with the title of your manuscript. No attachments.

Jas Perry is a freelance editor and Manhattan-based associate agent with kt literary. She attended New York University in Florence and London before graduating with a degree in English from CUNY Hunter College. She was awarded the We Need Diverse Books Internship Grant and held several editorial intern positions with Levine Querido and Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books, where she assisted on titles by Kelly Yang, Varian Johnson, Daniel José Older, Eric Gansworth, A.S. King, Francisco X Stork, and Cherie Priest, among others.
Jas is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction. She is Black American/Japanese and interested in representing a diverse range of strong voices — especially by disabled and/or QTPOC creators. She particularly enjoys dark contemporary fiction, offbeat humor, (Alondra Nelson-defined) Afrofuturism, and bold SFF that makes her think.
She Tweets here.
Include the first three pages of your manuscript. The subject line of your email should include the phrase “#OwnVoicesQuery” or “Underrepresented writer query” along with the title of your manuscript. No attachments.

Kelly Van Sant is the newest member of the team at kt. Until recently, she was an agent at Red Sofa Literary. {As to why she quit Red Sofa, see here}. Kelly is seeking young adult and middle grade fiction and, like everyone else, has a particular interest in projects by marginalized creators.
Query Kelly at:
Include the first three pages of your manuscript. In the subject line include the word “Query” along with the title of your manuscript. No attachments.

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If you're interested in meeting an agent and in getting published, don't miss our upcoming How to Get Published workshops Saturday, Oct 3, in Toronto with Evan Brown of Transatlantic Literary Agency (see here) and Saturday, Oct 24, in Guelph with Paige Sisley of the CookeMcdermid agency  (see here).

And if you’re specifically interested in writing and publishing Kid Lit, don’t miss Writing for Children and for Young Adults, with Anne Shone, Executive Editor, Scholastic Books, Saturday, September 12, in Mississauga (see here) and the Writing Kid Lit weekly class this fall on Thursday evenings, online (see here).

Beyond that, Brian’s workshop schedule continues to take shape:
Southampton Art School: Head out to this lovely beach town on Lake Huron for two workshops: How to Build Your Story, Saturday, July 25 (see here) and  How to Write Great Characters, Sunday, July 26 (see here).
Online: "You can write great dialogue," Saturday, Aug 15.  Details here.
Online: How to Make Yourself Write," Saturday, Aug 22.  Details here.
Arowhon Pines Resort
August & September
Algonquin Park Writing RetreatsJoin me for a magical weekend at Arowhon Pines Resort, an outpost of luxury in the middle of the wilderness, for a writing retreat. Two sessions: Thursday, July 9  – Sunday, July 12 (see here) and Friday, Aug 28 – Monday, Aug 31 (see here).
Mississauga: Writing for Children and for Young Adults with Anne Shone, Executive Editor, Scholastic Books, Saturday, September 12. Details here.

Fall Classes
Online: Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Sept 24 – Dec 3. Details here.
Online: Writing Kid Lit, Thursday evenings, Sept 24 – Nov 26. Details here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday mornings, Sept 15 – Dec 15.  Details here.
Online: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, Sept 16 to Dec 9, online – this  class is almost full. Details here.
Online: Intensive Creative Writing, Friday mornings. Sept 18 – Dec 4.   Details here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor,  Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.
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