This week's Agent Spotlight features Sara Megibow of kt literary.
Status: Open to submissions.
About: "Sara Megibow is a literary agent with nine years of experience in publishing. She started at Nelson Literary Agency, LLC in 2006 and is happy to announce her move to KT Literary effective immediately. Sara specializes in working with authors in middle grade, young adult, new adult, romance, erotica, science fiction and fantasy and represents New York Times bestselling authors Roni Loren and Jason Hough and international bestselling authors Stefan Bachmann and Tiffany Reisz. Sara is LGBTQ-friendly and presents regularly at SCBWI and RWA events around the country." (Link)
About the Agency:
"Books aren’t just what we do, they’re who we are. We become the sum total of our reading experiences – the romance, the adventures, the coming-of-age, the fantasy, the dare-to-believe. At kt literary, we want to be more.
“Madeleine L’Engle once said, ‘You have to write whichever book it is that wants to be written. And then, if it’s going to be too difficult for grown-ups, you write it for children.’ Write for children. Write for adults. Write for yourself. And then, when you’re ready to find a literary agent to take your work to the next level, think of us.
“kt literary is a full-service literary agency operating out of Highlands Ranch, in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, where every major publishing house is merely an email or phone call away. We believe in the power of new technology to connect writers to readers, and authors to editors. We bring over a decade of experience in the New York publishing scene, an extensive list of contacts, and a lifetime love of reading to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
“And did we mention our boundless optimism?" (Link)
What She's Looking For:
“Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, Romance, Erotica, Science Fiction and Fantasy. Always LGBTQ and Diversity friendly!” (Link)
From the kt literary blog (01/2015):
“In middle grade submissions, I love seeing fantasy novels because the magical world-buidling and heroic adventures seem to mesh well with the heroes and heroines of that age range. I love characters who are funny and confident and who love their parents. I love dragons, unicorns, magical swords and daredevil princesses. THE PECULIAR by Stefan Bachmann is steampunk middle grade fantasy and it’s gorgeous, dark and intense. Conversely, THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY by Jaleigh Johnson is a high-speed train adventure with magical creatures and a girl who fell from the sky. So, don’t get too bogged down in fantasy vs. steampunk vs. historical vs. epic vs. science fiction. Just bring me complex worlds and characters with a ton of emotion.
“For young adult submissions, I seem to have a soft spot for contemporary stories. I represent Miranda Kenneally, Derek Sullivan, Juliana Stone and Jennifer Shaw Wolf all who’ve written successfully in the contemporary YA market over the past five years. I love sexy characters (like Juliana’s) and funny characters (like Miranda’s) and characters who are really really struggling with issues (both Derek and Jennifer rock these). Avoid typical imagery (kids in the cafeteria or at their lockers) and generic conflict (boy troubles or shallow parents). And I am absolutely, positively and aggressively searching for heroes and heroines of diverse voice and background – I want to see teens observing different religions and coming from different cultures, using different abilities and portraying diverse races. I’ve Pro LGBTQ and Diversity friendly and I’d like to see my YA books reflect the kids I see running around outside our high schools.” (Read more)
From Publisher’s Marketplace (as of 1/2014):
“For middle grade, young adult, new adult and romance novels - I read everything. I love contemporary, historical, paranormal, fantasy - you name it and I read it. Some of favorite reads in 2013 (non-client books) included: THREE TIMES LUCKY by Sheila Turnage, WONDER by RJ Palacio, NO PROPER LADY by Isabel Cooper, HOW BEAUTY MET THE BEAST by Jax Garren, THEORY OF ATTRACTION by Delphine Dryden and ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill.
“For science fiction and fantasy, I am looking for books either for the adult market or the younger reader. I represent Jason Hough whose debut THE DARWIN ELEVATOR hit the New York Times bestseller list its first week on sale. Some of my favorite reads in 2013 (again, non-client books) included: DAUGHTER OF THE SWORD by Steve Bein, STORMDANCER by Jay Kristoff, ABOVE by Leah Bobet and VESSEL by Sara Beth Durst.
“I do occasionally give shout outs on twitter as to specific works I'm looking for, so be sure to follow me there for more insider tips.” (Link)
From an Interview (12/2013):
“Rolling in to the new year and young adult literature is still hot, hot, hot! I’m actively acquiring new clients and I read all the slush pile queries myself, so bring on the submissions! What am I looking for? Authentic, unique, masterfully crafted stories - set anywhere, anytime and about anything. I don’t acquire based on concept but rather on quality of writing and unique-ness of story. That being said...
“I’d love a straight up science fiction adventure for young adults - think Star Trek for the new generation.
“Second, I would like a truly funny contemporary young adult or middle grade novel. We see serious and heartbreaking and terrifying on a regular basis and that’s great. But, I’d also like something funny - romantic comedy or slapstick comedy or anything that makes the reader laugh out loud.
“Finally, I’d love a stand alone epic fantasy for young adults or adults. It can have elves, magic, unicorns, dragons - anything at all that’s epic and one book only (not a sequel and not a trilogy).” (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
“Please no picture books, early readers, nonfiction, commercial fiction, horror, mystery or women's fiction.” (Link)
“Fundamentally, I believe that a client's book is THEIR art. So, in terms of philosophy - I encourage my clients to write the books of their heart. Likewise, I choose clients to work with whose books I absolutely love, love, love.
“From there, my ‘agent philosophy’ is all about communication. Once a book is finished (and yes I do editorial work with my clients before we call it ‘finished’), I put together a submission list based on editors I think will love the work - my clients know to whom I submit, when and what the response is. My clients usually hear from me every week - with updates on submissions, offers, releases, sales numbers and ideas for marketing, publicity or promotions. Aside from talking about submissions, the two top things I encourage my clients to do is to get a professional author website together and to keep writing.” (Link)
“I’m excellent at selling books and I identify works in the slush pile that are ready to go. Certainly I read and help shape my clients’ second, third, fourth, etc books, but in general I am not an editorial agent. There are some wonderful agents out there who are also great editors and if that’s what you are looking for in a partnership, you will find it!” (Link)
A list of clients is available on the kt literary website.
Ms. Megibow’s clients include: Allison Rushby, Ashlyn Macnamara, Betsy Dornbusch, Christina Lee, Dave Lowry, Eleri Stone, Jaleigh Johnson, Jane Kindred, Jason Hough, Jennifer Shaw Wolf, Juliana Stone, Karina Sumner-Smith, Michael J. Martinez, Michael R. Underwood, Miranda Kenneally, Natalie Bahm, Roni Loren, Sarah Skilton, Stefan Bachmann, Stefanie Gaither, Steve Vera, Tiffany Reisz, and Wen Baragrey.
E-mail: Yes (only).
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Send a one-page query letter and the first three pages of the manuscript. Put QUERY and the title of your project in the subject line. No attachments.
“You are encouraged to include the link to your author website in your query letter. LGBTQ friendly!” (Link)
The agency's stated response time is two weeks. Stats on the web show Ms. Megibow responding to queries within minutes to a few days. Her response time on requested material appears to be days to a couple weeks.
What's the Buzz?
Sara Megibow joined kt literary in 2015 after nine years with Nelson Literary. She is known to be very nice, professional, and enthusiastic. The agency is highly respected and her clients seem quite happy with her representation.
I recommend following Sara on Twitter @SaraMegibow.
Worth Your Time:
Interviews & Chats:
Hypothetically Speaking with Sara Megibow at New York City Writers Network (04/2015).
Interview with agent Sara Megibow from KT Literary at FFP Romance Writers (03/2015).
Agent Sara Megibow of KT Literary on What She Loves, What She Looks For and What's Changed at Adventures in YA Publishing (02/2015).
Interview with literary agent Sara Megibow at Amy M. Newman’s site (02/2015).
Agent Sara Megibow On Whether You Still Need an Agent at Adventures in YA Publishing (07/2014).
First Five Frenzy with Sara Megibow of The Nelson Literary Agency at Chasing the Crazies (04/2014).
Query Questions with Sara Megibow at Michelle4Laughs (03/2014).
Agent Interview with Sara Megibow of the Nelson Literary Agency at YA Misfits (12/2013).
Agent Sara Megibow On Whether You Still Need an Agent at Paranormal Point of View (04/2013).
Sara Megibow Discusses Her Work as an Agent and the Challenges of Getting Published at Boulder Writer’s Workshop (12/2012).
Sara Megibow, Literary Agent & Kat Brauer, YA Writer at The Madeleine Project (10/2012).
Interview with Sara Megibow at Bethany Hensel’s site (08/2012).
Literary Spotlight: Agent Sara Megibow at The Bearded Scribe (08/2012).
Interview with Literary Agent Sara Megibow at Stacey O’Neal’s site (02/2012).
October Mystery Agent Revealed: Sara Megibow at Operation Awesome (10/2011).
Literary Agent Sara Megibow at Blog Talk Radio (09/2011).
Sara Megibow Interview at Jairus Reddy Blog (07/2011).
Critiquerly Interview with Agent Sara Megibow at Not an Editor (06/2011).
Publishing Interviews: Agent Sara Megibow & Author Miranda Kenneally at YA Highway (05/2011).
An Interview with Sara Megibow of the Nelson Agency at Chiseled in Rock (05/2011).
Interview with an Agent: Sara Megibow at Mother. Write. (Repeat.) (02/2011).
Live Chat transcript with Agent Sara Megibow at WriteOnCon (10/2010).
Interview with Literary Agent Sara Megibow at YA Fantasy Guide (2010).
Interview with Sara Megibow at Anita Laydon Miller's blog (03/2009).
Interview with Sara Megibow by Janet Lane (2008).
AgentQuery chat transcript with Sara Megibow (08/2009).
Podcast interview with Sara Megibow at SandDollar Publishing (2007).
What I’m Looking For: Sara Megibow (01/2015).
Before You Query a Literary Agent: Sara Megibow Shares Her Best Tips at Book Contry (09/2013).
Guest Agent Sara Megibow: Is the Agent Pitch Session an Effective Tool or Could it use a Tweak? at The Other Side of the Story (03/2013).
Literary Agent Sara Megibow shares “A day in the life…” at Linda Joyce Contemplates (05/2013).
Sara Megibow Sells Romance – Who is a “good” literary agent? and other articles at Romance University (2012).
Being a Feminist Romance Reader, guest post by Sara Megibow at Reader, I Created Him (3/2011).
Sara Megibow Visits the YA 5 (11/2010).
Tips From the Slush Pile by Sara Megibow at LDS Publishers (05/2010).
Guest post by Sara Megibow on Kristin Nelson's blog, Pub Rants (02/2009).
Around the Web:
Sara Megibow at P&E (Recommended).
For conferences Ms. Megibow will be attending, see her Publisher’s Marketplace page.
Roundup of Ms. Megibow’s MS Wishlist and Pubtip tweets at MS Wishlist.
Successful Queries: Agent Sara Megibow and “Falls the Shadow” at Guide to Literary Agents (09/2014).
Successful Queries: Agent Sara Megibow and ‘The Siren’ at Guide to Literary Agents (07/2012).
Agent Appreciation Day post on Sara Megibow by client Natalie Bahm (12/2009).
Client Natalie Bahm's agent success story (09/2009).
Advice highlights from Sara's AQ chat at JeanOran.com (08/2009).
Last updated: 4/16/15.
Last Reviewed by Agent: 3/31/11
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