About this New Literary Agent Spotlight series: We love spotlighting and profiling new literary agents —such as Hannah Fergesen of KT Literary — because they are actively seeking new writers and constructing a client list.
Literary Agent Bio: Before settling in New York City, Hannah worked and went to school in Denver, where she obtained her degree in Writing for Film and Television. Opportunities in New York presented themselves before she could run off to LA, and she course corrected her career toward publishing, a dream of hers since childhood. After stints as a remote intern for a well-known agent, a bookseller at the famous Books of Wonder, an intern at Soho Press, a literary assistant at Trident Media Group, and a freelance editor working with well-known authors, Hannah joined KT Literary in 2016.
What to Submit to Hannah: Hannah is a proud geek and TV junkie, with an all-consuming love for Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and anything created by Joss Whedon. With her background in film and television, she is attracted to stories with strong visuals and sharp dialogue, whether presented in edgy speculative or contemporary YA and MG fiction, or dark and lyrical speculative adult fiction.
The subject line of your email should include the word “Query” along with the title of your manuscript. Queries should not contain attachments. Attachments will not be read, and queries containing attachments WILL be deleted unread. We aim to reply to all queries within two weeks of receipt.
In addition, if you’re an author who is sending a new query, but who previously submitted a novel to us for which we requested chapters but ultimately declined, please do say so in your query letter.
If we like your query, we’ll ask for the first five chapters and a complete synopsis. For our purposes, the synopsis should include the full plot of the book including the conclusion. Don’t tease us. Thanks!
To query us, please select one of the agents at KT literary at a time. If we pass, you can feel free to submit to another.
ATTEND A WRITERS CONFERENCE IN 2019/2020. Here are some writers conferences WQP staffers are either speaking at or wholeheartedly endorse:
- Nov. 15, 2019: Writing Workshop of Austin (Austin, TX)
- Nov. 16, 2019: Houston Writing Workshop (Houston, TX)
- Nov. 23, 2019: Arizona Writing Workshop (Phoenix, AZ)
- Nov. 23, 2019: Philadelphia Writing Workshop (Philadelphia, PA)
- March 6, 2020: Alabama Writing Workshop (Birmingham, AL)
- March 7, 2020: Atlanta Writing Workshop (Atlanta, GA)
- March 7, 2020: Minnesota Writing Workshop (St. Paul, MN)
- March 28, 2020: Pittsburgh Writing Workshop (Pittsburgh, PA)
- March 28, 2020: Kansas City Writing Workshop (Kansas City, KS)
- April 25, 2020: Michigan Writing Workshop (outside Detroit MI)
- April 25, 2020: Seattle Writing Workshop (Seattle, WA)
- May 2, 2020: Writing Conference of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
- May 9, 2020: San Diego Writing Workshop (San Diego, CA)
- May 16, 2020: Cincinnati Writing Workshop (Cincinnati, OH)
and click here for more 2019 / 2020 writers conference suggestions