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Agent Spotlight: Sara Megibow

This week's Agent Spotlight features Sara Megibow of kt literary.
Status: Open to submissions.
sara_sized_160x240About: "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!" (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)
Web Presence:
kt literary website.
kt literary blog.
Publisher's Marketplace page.
#MSWL tweets.
What She's Looking For:
Middle Grade, Young Adult,  Romance, Erotica, Science Fiction and Fantasy. (Link)
From her Manuscript Wish List
"I’m on the hunt for middle grade and young adult novels (absolutely all sub-genres!) as well as romance novels and science fiction/ fantasy novels for the adult market. A manuscript must be 100% complete and never previously-published and as long as it fits those guidelines, bring it on! I love contemporary and historical, paranormal and urban fantasy, stand alone novels and series – anything goes. Always LGBTQIA+ Friendly!" (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
“Sara does not represent screenplays, memoir, self-help, picture books or any book that has been previously published.” (Link)
Agent Philosophy:
"My passion as an agent is strategizing profitable long-term careers with my authors. I want clients to love the books they write and make money writing them. Crafting that kind of balance between artistic and commercial success takes communication, teamwork and a focus on "Art. Patience. Strategy."
"In terms of personality, I tend to be chatty with clients. I aim to set clear expectations and explain publishing processes so authors can focus as much as possible on writing. To that end, I communicate regularly and keep my client list small in order to support each author effectively." (Link)Editorial Agent?
“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 Ms. Megibow's clients is available on the kt literary website.
Ms. Megibow’s clients include: Casey McQuiston, Jaleigh Johnson, Jason M. Hough, Roni Loren, Rebecca Roanhorse, Margaret Rogerson, Angelina M. Lopez, among others.
Query Methods:
E-mail: Yes (only).
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: No.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)
See the kt literary website and Ms. Megibow’s PM page for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines
Response Times:
Ms. Megibow's response time is 5 to 14 days.
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:
On the Podcast: Sara Megibow at the kt literary blog (12/2019)
Interview with Sara Megibow at Sirens (06/2019)
Interview with Sara Megibow on YouTube at WriteNow Workshop (05/2019)
Meet Sara Megibow at Beyond the Book (04/2019)
Around the Web:
For conferences Ms. Megibow will be attending, see her Publisher’s Marketplace page.
Please see the ki literary website and Ms. Megibow’s Publisher’s Marketplace page for further contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 5/18/2020.
Agent Contacted for Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed by Agent: 5/19/2020.
Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at natalieiaguirre7(at)gmail(dot)com

Note: These agent profiles presently focus on agents who accept children's fiction. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found herein is subject to change.


MeganRebekah said...

Yay! Sara is the agent for my amazing writing partner Natalie Bahm. Everything I've heard so far is positive and glowing!

Casey Something said...

Thank you for your comment Megan!

Natalie said...

Sara is my agent! I love her.

She is hands on but not nit-picky. She called to give me her notes after she offered representation and I revised for a few weeks before she began submitting to editors (just few weeks ago!).

Sara is extremely supportive. She checks in every few days to fill me in on the latest (so far mostly manuscript requests from editors). I know that she believes in my writing and that means a lot to me.

Also, even though she's technically been an agent since February, she signed her first client in July, so she's still pretty new (and thus has no sales yet), but she has Kristin's support on everything.

Plus she's a really nice person. I like working with nice people--don't you?

I can't say enough good about her, so I'll stop there.

Great information as always Casey!

Casey Something said...

Thanks so much, Natalie! Your fabulous input is much appreciated.

Congrats on landing such a great agent and good luck out there on sub!

Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

Casey these posts on different agents are extremely useful, especially for someone like me sitting about 6000 kms away! Gives great insight, even if the agent is not suited to my work. Your research is great. Thanks for all the trouble you take.

kah said...

I just have to give it up for my writing partner Nat, and for her super smart agent Sara for snatching up Nat and her story. :) I love when great people come together.

kathrynjankowski said...

Another great profile. Thanks!

Jean said...

That's a great spotlight with lots of great info. A real haven for aspiring writers doing their research!

Thanks for linking to my blog, too! I appreciate it.