December 6th, 2016

wakingserpent-coverHappy Book Birthday to Jane Kindred whose WAKING THE SERPENT releases today!

RT Book reviews gave WAKING THE SERPENT a Top Pick! “This is an exciting book that includes interesting Aztec mythology and plenty of non-stop action. Additionally, the sexual tension between Rafe and Phoebe is on fire… Definitely a keeper”

When Sedona’s most eligible bachelor is accused of murdering a local psychic, medium Phoebe Carlisle finds herself drawn into the danger that surrounds him—by the meddling of the shades she channels and by his irresistible charms. A public defender and a gifted medium, Phoebe is devoted to justice—and not just for the living. Proving Rafe Diamante’s innocence means conjuring up two shades who were former lovers and now ignite the chemistry between their hosts.

Rafe can’t afford to lose control and act on his feelings for Phoebe. His unfulfilled sexual tension begins to stir something inside him—the legacy of Quetzalcoatl. But as these newfound abilities awaken a dormant power in Rafe, can he stop the real murderer in time to claim his true destiny?

Happy reading everyone! Book #2 in this Sisters In Sin series, BEWITCHING THE DRAGON, releases in May – look for it and check out all of Jane’s other books on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @JaneKindred

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The Odds of Loving Grover ClevelandWith the exciting Kindle First program behind us for the month of November, THE ODDS OF LOVING GROVER CLEVELAND is finally on sale! Not only that, but Bustle named it one of the best YA books of December! There are some heavy hitters on the list and it is an honor to see GROVER CLEVELAND alongside so many fantastic titles!

Be sure to drop by Rebekah’s Facebook page where she is as funny as she is inspiring.

2 December 2016


2016-10 final ONE HOT DECEMBER coverCongratulations to Tiffany Reisz whose ONE HOT DECEMBER is available today!!!

ONE HOT DECEMBER is the last in Tiffany’s Men At Work holiday romance series and it’s simply delightful!

Library Journal gave the book a wonderful review saying, “An independent heroine who’s not about to let any man control her and a hero determined to convince her that they belong together singe the pages in the last of Reisz’s blazing holiday trilogy; sure to make fans rejoice.”

RT Book reviews gave it a “Top Pick” saying, ““Loved it, loved it, loved it… Hard to put down.”

Hard as steel…and hotter still!

Never mess with a woman who carries a blowtorch in her backpack. Welder and artist Veronica “Flash” Redding’s playful sense of evil sometimes gets the better of her. Like when her insanely handsome, wealthy, suited-up boss gave her the most sensuously wicked night of her life…then dumped her. Yep, revenge is a dish best served hot.

Only Ian Asher isn’t letting Flash get away quite so easily. He’s not ready to forget the intensity between them. The searing heat when they touch. And the deliciously demanding control Ian wields in the bedroom. Now he has only the holidays to convince Flash that they belong together…and that even the most exquisite, broken things can be welded back together.

Tiffany’s next book, THE NIGHT MARK, releases in March. Follow her book news and tour information on the website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @tiffanyreisz

1 December 2016



Please join me in welcoming kt literary’s newest client, Michelle Ruiz Keil!

Michelle’s ethereal, mythical literary fantasy immediately drew me in with its gorgeous prose and magnetic characters. I’m so thrilled she’ll be working with me and joining the kt literary family!

Bio: Michelle Ruiz Keil is a mixed-race Chicana storyteller with an eye for the enchanted and a way with animals. She lives with her family in a cottage in the woods in Portland, Oregon. ALL OF US WITH WINGS is her first book.

I cannot wait to share Michelle’s book with the world!

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30 November 2016


WeightofZero_front cover new12.inddA huge round of congratulations to debut author Karen Fortunati whose THE WEIGHT OF ZERO made the prestigious New York Public Library Best Books for Kids List!!

From the NYPL website, “In the spirit of giving this holiday season, librarians at The New York Public Library (NYPL) are sharing their recommended reads of 2016 for children and teens.”
THE WEIGHT OF ZERO by Karen Fortunati

THE WEIGHT OF ZERO is a hopeful look at mental health care and a powerfully moving story of one young woman’s struggle with mental illness and the stigma of treatment.

Bipolar Magazine reviewed THE WEIGHT OF ZERO here:

“The Weight of Zero isn’t your typical Young Adult novel…and I loved it. The foreword mentions that current Young Adult stories are failing teens with mental illness, and it’s true. Most of the related novels recently published feature the protagonist being ’saved’, whether it be from a sudden love interest or a new best friend. We all know this isn’t necessarily how life works and The Weight of Zero is so much more than that. It focuses on the stigma attached to mental illnesses, the internal dialogue one may struggle with, medications and the fear around which ones to take, and the therapist sessions that can feel useless, but also beneficial….The Weight of Zero is one of those books, like Wonder, that everyone, young and old, should read.”

Read more about THE WEIGHT OF ZERO on Karen’s website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @KarenFortunati

28 November 2016


loverockets-coverSmart is the new sexy…

Happy Book Birthday to Maggie Wells whose delightful LOVE & ROCKETS releases today!

LOVE & ROCKETS is the third in Maggie’s Coastal Heat series of contemporary romance novels. Epilogue Book Blog called FLIP THIS LOVE (Book #2 in the series) “5 of 5 stars!” saying, “Flip This Love by Maggie Wells strikes the perfect balance between smart and steamy.” Can’t wait to hear what they say about this new one!

Smart is the new sexy…
They say if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen, but it’s not the sauce at The Pit BBQ that has Darla Kennet breaking a sweat. The sassy single mom has waited tables in Mobile for years to support herself and her daughter, Grace, and she’s never let anything get her rattled…until now. Somehow, handsome aerospace engineer Jake Dalton has gotten under her skin.

Although they went to school together, Jake doesn’t remember much about Darla. Back then the brainiac future rocket scientist always had his head in a book. But now that a chance meeting has him helping Grace apply to space camp, he’s been pulled into Darla’s orbit. And it isn’t long before Jake and Darla have a heated meeting of their own celestial bodies. The trouble is, Jake wants more. Convincingcautious, fiercely independent Darla to trust him with her heart just may be his most challenging mission yet…

Learn more about the Coastal Heat series as well as about Maggie’s other contemporary romance series on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @MaggieWells1

22 November 2016

About My Query

AboutMyQueryIt’s time for another round of About My Query!

Dear Ms. Megibow,
Like most twenty-somethings, Camilla Tordis thinks she has her life figured out. She is on the cusp of her graduation from college and finally being free of her domineering aunt when a sudden rainstorm and a broken shoe lead her to a place she never knew existed. Once she is there, she is presented with a job interview that she had not been expecting: three mysterious sisters want to talk to her about an art curation position – one that they already know she will accept.

The three sisters – the Norns – are the Fates of Norse mythology, and they present her with incredible evidence: she is a Norse demi-goddess and her family is more extensive than she thought. She also learns that she has big choice to make when she reaches her 25th birthday; she has to choose whether or not she wants to become an immortal goddess or stay mortal. With the help of her best friend Minna, the Norns and the goddess Frigg, she learns surprising truths about her family and considers her new future. What will she choose? And does she actually have a choice?

Ørlog Tower is complete at 73,500 words and is a contemporary fantasy fiction. It has been a fun write, especially depicting the friendship between Cami and the shameless Minna. I discovered you and the kt Literary through Twitter and have been following you (I will never get over how creepy that sounds!) and have found the About My Query blog posts extremely helpful and informative. I am currently a stay-at-home mom and Army wife, and am participating in next month’s NaNoWriMo. This is the second novel I have completed.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Thanks for sending along this query – there’s a lot to talk about in this one so let’s dive in…

Fantasy queries can be hard to write – I know because they can be hard for me to write when submitting to editors. The temptation is to include too much description of the world and/or backstory. This query would be stronger if it focused on the inciting incident and plot rather than the backstory. The first two paragraphs focus almost entirely on how Camilla gets to the world of the Norns and the fact that she’s then presented with a choice about her mortality. My suggestion would be to trim those two paragraphs way back to something more like this:

“The Fates of Norse mythology have chosen Camilla Tordis for a job and she doesn’t really have a choice about it.”

From there I’d like to see more about the plot – what is Camilla’s task once she leaves our earth and finds herself with the Norns? The reader gets that this is a portal fantasy (falling from our world to the Norse world) and that Camilla doesn’t know of her fate (she’s a demi-goddess). The reader also gets that Camilla will be a reluctant heroine (she can choose to be mortal or immortal but really, will she even be given a choice or is it fate?). All those details can be delivered in one or two sentences and then the query should move immediately to plot. Do the Norns need Camilla to solve something in order for the fate of the world to be at peace? What happens if she chooses immortality over mortality?

One more quick note about genre – the query says “contemporary fantasy fiction” but I would simply pitch this as “fantasy.”

Also, the bio is strong – it’s short and clear. In terms of accept or reject the bio is irrelevant to me but I left it in here as a good example of one that is well done.

Overall on this query my suggestion would be to remove as much as possible of the backstory and world building and replace it with a clear and compelling description of plot. We know Camilla has to decide between immortality and mortality but that’s her conflict – not the plot. What does she have to do in this book? What’s the story? Bring out those details and trim back on the setup.

I hope that helps!
– Sara

If any of our readers want to submit a query for critique and review on the blog, please send it to, and we’ll let you know if and when we can use it!

18 November 2016


NEWDonAllmonHeadshotPlease help us celebrate with Don Allmon on his very first book deal!

Don writes epic fantasy and gay fantasy romance and we’re thrilled to announce that Riptide will publish GLAMOUR THIEVES and two more books in Don’s BLUE UNICORN series starting next year. JT and Connor are delightful (and delightfully wicked) and readers will fall in love with them immediately!!!

Follow Don’s debut adventure on his website:

From Publishers Marketplace:
Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Debut author Don Allmon’s GLAMOUR THIEVES, the first in his BLUE UNICORN series starring a gay elf and orc who are former enemies, former lovers, former thieves and who reunite for one more heist, to Sarah Lyons at Riptide Publishing, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2017, by Sara Megibow of kt literary (World).

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @DAllmon

16 November 2016


looksun-coverPlease help us celebrate with Emmie Mears whose LOOK TO THE SUN releases today!

LOOK TO THE SUN is an important, personal and timely book about fighting fascism with love.

Yesterday, Emmie and Sara posted a co-written article about this book and about “What Comes After Agent?

Follow Emmie’s books and blog on their website at:

We also want to give a huge shout out to TV Star Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Audible who worked with Emmie to produce an outstanding and exciting audiobook of LOOK TO THE SUN!

The National People’s Voice speaks for Sanmarian and all of Kael.

For fifteen years, they have ruled Kael in relative peace.

For fifteen years, they have quietly snuffed out dissent wherever they found it.

Rose Abernethy and Beo Mataya are two strangers drawn together by one thing alone: Red Sunrise, a book no-one else seems to have read. A book only two types of people ever ask about — collectors…and the NPV. A book both Rose and Beo feel was written just for them.

As winter falls in Sanmarian’s cobbled streets and the fifteen years of seeming calm seethe into violent protests in the city square, Red Sunrise’s secrets pull Rose and Beo into the twisted mysteries of Sanmarian’s past and into the centre of a forgotten tragedy that inked itself into the city’s very blood.

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @EmmieMears

15 November 2016


operative-coverPlease help us congratulate Gerald Brandt on hitting the McNally Robinson bestseller list with THE OPERATIVE!

Gerald’s debut book, THE COURIER, hit this list for three consecutive weeks and also the Locus bestseller list for one week. We’re so excited that Book #2 in the series, THE OPERATIVE, released last week with equal enthusiasm!

Here is THE OPERATIVE in the #2 spot on the bestseller list!

“a darkly gripping vision of the future” – B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog

Follow Gerald’s book news and more about his cyberpunk SAN ANGELES series:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @GeraldBrandt

14 November 2016


ClosingToQueriesJust an early heads up for querying authors. All of the agents of KT Literary — Kate, Sara, Renee, and Hannah — will be closed to queries from December 1st through January 4th. Any queries that come in during that time will be deleted unread. If we requested material and you send it during that period, we will confirm receipt. If you don’t get that confirmation of receipt, do please check in with us.

We’re taking this month to spend some time with our families, work on some year-end projects, get caught up on client reading, and gasp! Maybe even read more for fun.

14 November 2016

About My Query

AboutMyQueryIf it’s Friday, it must be time for another About My Query post! Let’s get to it.

Dear Agent,

Captain Damien Ardeo struggles to earn respect as the only common born officer in the Volucian military. His people rule the skies with their wings and the land through their huge numbers. They only fear Æled’s control of fire—but not for much longer. Damien’s glory-obsessed commanders propel the empire towards war, intent on exterminating Æled’s winged horses and driving out the fire-wielders. Damien pushes his officers to stop the killings, but the bloody nobles don’t give a damn. Their homes won’t burn if Æled retaliates. Their families won’t suffer. His will.

Princess Allisane Kent is done struggling to earn the respect of her uncle, the King of Æled. She’s spent years training in combat on her winged horse, yet still the King bars her from his council, preferring the advice of his spineless lords—even as a powerful empire hunts the winged horses vital to Æled’s survival. Allisane’s people lost their fire magic generations ago, a secret they’ve guarded. Taming the winged horses is their only protection. When Volucians massacre a wild herd on Æled land, Allisane forces her way into the King’s council, determined to keep her horse safe and prove she can lead.

When overzealous Volucian soldiers attack Allisane during her training, tensions ignite into war. Damien’s commanders order his division to invade Æled’s capital and eliminate the remaining winged horses. Following orders means killing innocents—and keeping his family safe from Æled’s fiery retribution. But Allisane’s not about to let anyone hurt her horse or threaten her people, even if it takes defying the king and leading troops against the Volucians herself.

ASCEND is an adult epic fantasy that should appeal to readers of Brandon Sanderson and V. E. Schwab. It is complete at 120,000 words.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Ok, first impressions as I’m reading: Wings? My immediate assumption is a race of winged people, a la Hawkgirl. Clarify if you mean planes or ships. What is Æled? A person? A nation? Another race? Going on, because you mention winged horses, I think I’m right about winged people, but I’m still confused about who or what Æled is. If someone or something else has wings, are they part of the empire or no?

All of which is basically to say there’s a lot of world-building describing in the opening paragraph here, and it can trip up a reader. I would skip some of the more technical aspects of the world, and concentrate on the characters: Damian as the only common-born officer who wants to save his family, and families like his, from noble retaliation, and Allisane, the more-than-competent princess ignored because she’s a girl, compelled by her connection to her horse to save him and all others like him.

And once we’ve focused on these two characters, then we can bring in more plot details. As a reader, I want to know if the story is driving to their meeting, and working together to defy the others, or falling in love, or whatever.

I also found the idea of the Volucians being scared of the Æled’s control of fire intriguing, especially because they’ve lost it. Like Chekov’s gun, however, I hope that the mention of this means it comes back into the story at some time, and you might want to hint at that.

Moving on, you describe the book as adult epic fantasy, but your comparable authors are perhaps best known as writers of YA. From my perspective, as an agent who mainly reps YA, that would hint to me that your book skews younger than you claim. You could either chose different comparables, or perhaps revisit the age range.

I hope that’s helpful! Good luck, and thanks for sharing.

If any of my readers want to submit a query for critique and review on the blog, please send it to, and we’ll let you know if and when we can use it!

11 November 2016


I’m getting an early start on the spirit of the season, and wanted to invite you to join me! A family friend is currently teaching in the South Bronx, in an area of predominantly low income families, but she’s lucky enough to have some very avid readers in her class. Kai hasn’t been teaching there all that long, and she’s still building her classroom library, so I’m happy to be sending her a selection of great KT literary young adult and middle grade titles.

Maybe you’ve got a few extra books sitting around, looking for a new home. Maybe your bookshelves are overflowing, and you’ve got to cull their numbers or start finding ways to eat, sleep, and sit on books. Maybe you got a box of author copies of your new release, and you’re not sure what to do with all those copies of your book, especially when you want your friends and family to actually go BUY it.

If that’s you, and you can spare anything, please consider sending Kai and her classroom a book. Or two, or three, or twenty.

Think of it as an opportunity to put diverse books in diverse hands, to allow young readers to maybe, for the first time, see themselves reflected in the pages they’re reading, or open a window to new worlds, and new experiences. Please share this post and pics of your donation piles on social media, and I will send a KT Literary galley or new release to one lucky random donor each on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram who posts with the hashtag #Books4Kai.

You can send books directly to:

885 Bolton Avenue
Bronx, NY 10473
Attention: Kai Rodgers

Thanks for thinking of others this holiday season!

Photo above by Stephanie Perkins, and represents just one of the books on my donation pile!
10 November 2016


The Magician's KeyCongratulations to Matthew Cody, whose second novel in the Secrets of the Pied Piper series releases today!

The second book in the Secrets of the Pied Piper trilogy finds Max, Carter, and their allies on Summer Isle battling new foes, relying on new friends, and fighting for stakes higher than ever, in a series New York Times bestselling author Adam Gidwitz called a wild fantasy adventure.

On the Summer Isle, siblings Max and Carter discovered the magical land where the villainous Pied Piper led the children of Hamelin centuries ago. But only Max made it back.
Now she is determined to rescue her brother. To do so, she will have to find the one and only key to the Summer Isle. That key is controlled by Vodnik, a dastardly magician and soul stealer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

Meanwhile, Carter must overcome his own troubles back on the Summer Isle. He’s been separated from his friends and left with a very untrustworthy companion: the Pied Piper himself.
Struggling desperately to find each other, Max and Carter encounter a bashful trollson, a daring elf, a seafaring hobgoblin, and the ever-loyal kobold Bandybulb. As their paths converge, they prepare for the most important quest yet: to send the children of New Hamelin home.

Kirkus Reviews commented, “The intersection of magic and modernity provides an interesting forum for the discussion of racial profiling, disenfranchised individuals, and the effects of evil in the world. Able writing and storytelling weave these themes into a story that won’t disappoint. Depth and complexity are added to great effect in this second installment.”


As Matt says, on this historic day, “if for some reason you were in the mood for ANOTHER story about a wrinkled, deceitful, odious old villain getting his butt kicked by a tough, never-say-die female then might I suggest THE MAGICIAN’S KEY!”

You can grab it at Amazon, B&N, our your favorite local indie!

8 November 2016