Saturday, September 24, 2022

Three agents at kt literary actively seeking new authors

The Woods are Always Watching
by Stephanie Perkins,
represented by kt literary 

kt literary

Highlands Ranch
Denver, Colorado

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kt literary is a full-service literary agency operating out of Highlands Ranch in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. 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 ten agents at kt, three of whom are actively looking for authors:

Savannah Brooks recently moved to kt fromthe Jennifer De Chiara Agency, where she was an Associate Agent. Like all relatively new agents, she needs authors. 

Savannah is seeking all of kid lit: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and YA, both fiction and nonfiction. She’s also looking for adult contemporary fiction, romcoms, thrillers/mystery/suspense, and horror.

Savannah is especially interested in stories that teach her something new, add to a larger sociopolitical conversation, and (like everyone else) highlight underrepresented identities and cultures.

In Picture Books, she’s looking for: (1) stories that tackle serious subjects like politics, mental health, grief, and belonging in an accessible and empowering way, (2) stories that teach about and celebrate different cultures and places in the world, and (3) nonfiction that delights and inspires – especially if it has a feminist/disability/multicultural/queer angle.

In Middle Grade, she leans heavily toward action-adventure – especially when it's based on non-western (that means no Greek/Roman) mythology and folklore. If you think it could sit on a bookshelf next to Rick Riordan's works, it's for her. She’s looking for humor and fast-pacing but still wants content that touches on larger themes like belonging, grief, friendship, family, culture, etc. She is not a good fit for quiet and serious books.

In Young Adult, she’s looking for multicultural, disabled, and queer perspectives on everything from modern teen experiences to reframing classic tropes like vampires and witches. Voice is everything for Savannah. She loves sarcasm, quirk, and wit – and the story needs to be speaking to a larger sociopolitical conversation, even if in a lighthearted way.

She is all for books that empower teens to get political and take a stand for what they believe in. She’s also drawn to stories that treat setting like a character, and she especially wants atmospheric horror – stories where the spook comes from the place itself, similar to Wilder Girls.

Savannah earned her MFA, focused in creative nonfiction, from Hamline University and her BS in marketing management from Virginia Tech and worked on the editorial side of publishing for two years prior to joining JDLA. As well as agenting, she works as a publishing and literature lecturer at the University of Minnesota and a teaching artist at the Loft Literary Center. She lives in Minneapolis and can regularly be found at one of Minnesota’s 11,842 lakes – yes, even in winter.

Query Savannah through her query manager here.

Sara Megibow is a Senior Agent. She has worked in publishing since 2006. She specializes in launching debut authors and is actively seeking middle grade, young adult, and romance and science fiction/fantasy for the adult market. 

Sara represents several New York Times bestselling authors, including Casey McQuiston, Jaleigh Johnson, Jason M. Hough, Margaret Rogerson, Rebecca Roanhorse, and Roni Loren. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with degrees in Women’s Studies, Gender Studies and American History. Always LGBTQ+ Friendly!

She Tweets at: 

Query Sara through her query manager here.

Chelsea Hensley is an associate agent and like all relatively new agents, she needs authors. Chelsea is seeking Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult Fiction, especially mysteries, thrillers, sci fi, and horror. Overall, she’s looking for fresh concepts, immersive worlds, and a strong voice. Like everyone else, she’s especially interested in working with authors from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in publishing, particularly Black authors.

In Adult fiction, she’s currently only looking for fantasy and some supernatural horror. She loves sprawling magical worlds and lush retellings. She’d love something akin to the work of Naomi Novik or dark and atmospheric like NINTH HOUSE. In horror, she’s less interested in jump scares and prefers unsettling stories full of creeping dread like YEAR OF THE WITCHING or MEXICAN GOTHIC.

In Middle Grade her taste skews toward upper level and more toward fantasy. She’d love to see some sweeping fantasy like THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON and projects inspired by lesser told legends, fairytales or myths like LALANI OF THE DISTANT SEA. She’s also interested in historical and mysteries of the whimsical and adventurous variety.

In Young Adult, she has broader tastes but is especially interested in mysteries and thrillers. She prefers dark and twisty and deeply character-driven stories (think: Courtney Summers). If you have fantasy, sci-fi, or historical projects with strong mystery threads in them, she’d love to see them! She’d also be interested in something irreverent and smart like American Vandal.

Chelsea is also interested in YA science-fiction and fantasy. For sci-fi, she’s interested in things that are grounded in the real world and would love to see some inventive dystopias like SCYTHE or horror like WILDER GIRLS. In fantasy, she’s interested in everything from contemporary to epic. She’d love something that puts a fantasy twist on history like DREAD NATION or THE DIVINERS. She’d also love something that blends and bends genres like JANE, UNLIMITED.

She’s very selective when it comes to YA contemporary and romance. She’s toward character-driven stories that meet emotional heft with a silvery thread of humor like the work of Robin Benway and Jenny Han.

Some of the things Chelsea loves to see in a manuscript:

Intricate plots and complex emotional arcs
Whipsmart protagonists who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. There’s nothing I love more than a main character who throws themselves into the thick of things and doesn’t look back.
Female friendship, partnerships, rivalries, and everything in between are high up on my wishlist. Girls, girls, girls basically. I prefer narratives to be female driven, and I’d love to see more F/F romantic pairings.
I’m a big fan of spies, assassins, thieves and other rogue-ish characters. I love, love, love heists.
I’d love to see some great antiheroes or characters embarking on redemption arcs like Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender.

 Query Chelsea through her query manager here.

Olga Filina

If you’re interested in meeting an agent and in getting published, don’t miss our in-person How to Get Published  workshop, Saturday, November 19, in Mississauga, with literary agent Olga Filina of 5 Otter Literary. As this is an in-person workshop, attendance will be strictly limited.

Beyond that, Brian’s schedule continues to take shape:

Weekly classes starting soon:

In-person: Enjoying Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, 7 – 9 p.m., Sept 29 – Nov 24, in Burlington. Details here.

Online: Enjoying Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:30, Oct 11 – Dec 6, 2022 {Or to Dec 13 if the course fills up.} Details here.

Writing Kid Lit with guest speakers Lana Button and Kira Vermond, Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Oct 12 – Dec 7, 2022 {Or to Dec 14 if the course fills up}. Details here.

Online: Writing Personal Stories, Monday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:30, Oct 24 – Dec 5, 2022 {Or to Dec 12 if the course fills up.) Details here

Details of all fall classes here.

Writing Retreats:

Sherwood Inn – a cozy place to write

October in Muskoka Writing Retreat at Sherwood Inn, Friday, Oct 14 – Monday Oct 17, 2022. Details here. – Waiting list only for this one, but…

New: March in Muskoka Writing Retreat at Sherwood Inn, Friday, March 24 – Monday, March 27, 2023. Details here.


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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Online Writing Kid Lit course, Wednesday evenings Oct 12 – Dec 7

Why Don't Cars Run on Apple Juice
by guest speaker Kira Vermond

Writing Kid Lit

Picture Books to Young Adult Novels

Online: Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Oct 12 – Dec 7, 2022 {Or to Dec 14 if the course fills up}
Offered online and accessible from anywhere there's internet 

See details of all weekly writing courses offered this fall here.

This course is for adults {or teens} interested in writing picture books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade books, or Young Adult novels. This course is accessible for beginners and meaty enough for advanced writers. Through lectures, in-class assignments, homework, and feedback on your writing, we’ll give you ins and outs of writing for younger readers and set you on course toward writing your own books.

Guest speaker Lana Button grew up in the tiny border town of St. Stephen, New Brunswick. She has a background in acting and is an early childhood educator.

Lana has nine published picture books, with Kids Can Press, Owlkids, Tundra, and Pajama Press, including her latest,  Tayra’s NOT Talking (Kids Can Press – see here), The Cow Said Boo (see here), and Tough Like Mum (see here). She has a picture book coming in spring 2023 called Percy’s Perfect Friend (Pajama Press) and her board book, Stay, My Baby (Orca) is coming in 2023. Lana also has picture books coming with Scholastic and with Tundra in 2024.

Lana’s picture book Tough Like Mum was recently awarded the Crystal Kite Award and was highlighted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Toronto Star. Her picture books have been shortlisted for awards including The Blue SpruceThe Shining Willow, the Jean Throop IODE Award and the Rainforest of Reading, and have been recognized as Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Bets and the IBBY Outstanding Book for Young Children.

Find out more about Lana and her books at and connect with her on social media on Twitter @LanaButton and Instagram lanabutton.

Kira Vermond is an award-winning writer with over 2,000 articles to her name. She has been a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, CBC and Today's Parent.

Kira is the author of seven nonfiction books for young readers:  Trending: How and Why Stuff Gets Popular, which recently won the Yellow Cedar Award (more here); Why Does  My Shadow Follow Me? (see hereand Why Don’t Cars Run on Apple Juice (more here); Half-Truths and Brazen Lies (more here);  Why We Live Where We Live (more here);  Growing Up: Inside and Out (nominated for an Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading Award); and The Secret Life of Money: A Kid's Guide to Cash, which was my son’s and daughter’s favourite book  the year it came out, although my kids are four years apart.

Instructor Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada's most popular blog for writers, taught creative writing at Ryerson University (now Toronto Metropolitan University) and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. Brian is the author of a children's version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute Publishing). But his proudest boast is that he’s has helped many of his students get published.  

Read reviews of Brian's various courses and workshops here (and scroll down).

Fee: $176.11 plus 13% hst = $199

To reserve your spot, email:

See all of Brian’s upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops, and weekend retreats here.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Congratulations to Matteo for a 2-book deal with Penguin Random House and to Barbara, Toni, and Robyn!

If you’ve had a story (or a book!) published, if you’ve won or placed in a writing contest, if you’ve gotten yourself an agent, or if you have any other news, send me an email so I can share your success. As writers, we’re all in this together, and your good news gives us all a boost. 

Also, be sure to let know if you're looking for a writers' group or beta readers; a notice in Quick Brown Fox, will help you find them. 

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Hi, Brian.

Hope this note finds you safe and happy. Been sitting on some exciting news — one of your former students, (met at your How to Get Published workshop and we took on as a client) has just signed a two-book contract with Penguin Random House Canada! I’ve copied the deal announcement below for your interest:

Quill & Quire

Tundra Books editor Peter Phillips has acquired world rights to debut author Matteo L. Cerilli’s young adult horror novel LOCKJAW, and a second untitled YA novel. Told in multiple perspectives, LOCKJAW is set in a small town where monsters living and dead haunt the streets, the homes, and the minds of the inhabitants, and a diverse group of teens will have to face down an evil they may not be able to kill, pitched as for fans of Rory Power, Rose Szabo, and Danielle Vega. Publication is scheduled for summer 2024 and 2025 respectively. The deal was arranged by Ali McDonald of 5 Otter Literary.

Best wishes,

Olga Filina 

Agent and Partner

5 Otter Literary

Congratulations Matteo!

Note: Olga will be the guest speaker at our next How to Get Published workshop on Nov 19. Details here.  


Hi, Brian.

Hurray! I just heard from Chicken Soup. One of my stories, “I’m Sorry for the Inconvenience,” will be in their November book – My Wonderful Wacky Family. 

I told my bouncy castle story to Nancy, Gaurav, Lisa, Evelyn, Janice and Dale at your Briers writing retreat a few falls ago. After they picked themselves off the floor, they said I need to write it down - so I did. 

A paid publication and I get some free books! Bonus. Now I know what everyone will be getting for Christmas.

I hope you and your family are having a great summer. 

Barbara Wackerle Baker

Chicken Soup for the Soul is always looking for material; see here.  And check out more Markets for your Short Pieces on Quick Brown Fox here.


Hi, Brian.

I’ve self-published my novel, The Scent of Lilacs. Please see this link (here) and share with others who may be interested. Thank you.

 Thanks for your help, patience, and encouragement throughout my journey.

Hope to see you down the road.

 Toni Giglio


Hi, Brian.

How are you? I have a little bit of exciting news, I thought you’d be happy to hear. My short story “Crow,” that I workshopped last year, received an Honourable Mention in the Lorian Hemingway International short story contest. I am so thrilled! 

Your classes really make a difference. Thanks so much.


Robyn Thomas

For information on classes starting this fall, see here.

 And read Robyn's story, "The Crow" on Quick Brown Fox here


See Brian Henry’s upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops, and weekend retreats here.