September 18th, 2019

Podcast episode number 2 up! The amazingly talented Trish Doller talks about her new book with Simon Pulse, START HERE, effective writing procrastination techniques, and relief work happening in the Bahamas right now.

Here are the links to the Bahaman relief efforts Trish mentions during the episode.
Red Cross
World Central Kitchen

And don’t forget to pick up a copy of START HERE while you’re at it!

And find our podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitchr,, and Overcast! Hit the “subscribe” button to keep up with future episodes!

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“May I take you out for coffee?”

Here at Team KT Literary, we wanted to share a quick post about receiving invitations to coffee (or lunch, drinks, dinner, etc) in exchange for “learning more about becoming a literary agent.”

We love our jobs! Working in publishing is a rewarding, exciting and stimulating career. If you are interested in getting a job in publishing – as a literary agent or anything else – good for you! Unfortunately, we don’t have time to meet one-on-one but we do have some ideas of how you can get more information.

First up, most of us at KT Literary speak at conferences and events around the country. Watch our blog for announcements and updates.

If you’re not in Colorado or available for these upcoming events, here’s another idea:

  • Are you a part of a writers group, SCBWI chapter, RWA chapter, etc. , please feel free to email us and invite us to speak to your group (yes, this costs money, but it’s an option)
  • Read this blog post from June, 2013 about The Publishing Industry.

Or, here are some other ways to meet publishing professionals in person:

  • Attend a local writing conference – especially one hosted by RWA (Romance Writers of America) or SCBWI (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators).
  • Research publishing events at your local library. These events would be free!
  • Attend an author event at your local bookstore.
  • Read the Writers Digest Magazine.
  • Follow agents, editors and authors on Twitter.
  • Read the website thoroughly (Association of Authors’ Representatives, Inc.)
  • Read the Publishers Marketplace website thoroughly.
  • Attend Denver Publishing Institute
  • Or the Columbia Publishing Course

As a literary agent, our #1 job is to make money for our authors. It’s not uncommon to receive 3-5 requests-for-coffee per week and you can imagine our clients wouldn’t be pleased if we took 100+ hours a year away from our responsibilities to them.

Thanks for your understanding and we will be cheering for you!

16 September 2019


Please help us celebrate with Juno Rushdan on the sale of three books to the prestigious Harlequin Intrigue imprint!

Coming in 2020…

September 5, 2019
Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Juno Rushdan’s HOSTILE PURSUIT, about a US Marshal protecting a federal informant and the intense attraction they try to deny because he knows her identity and location will be changed as soon as she testifies, to Denise Zaza at Harlequin Intrigue, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2020, by Sara Megibow at kt literary (world).

Learn more about Juno and her books on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @JunoRushdan

5 September 2019

Get to Know, News

We have a podcast! This bi-weekly show will be the home for a lot of kt literary talk: book releases, author interviews, as well as regular appearances from each of us here at the agency! Please be sure to subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. If you can’t find us on your preferred platform, shoot Renee a DM. And please be sure to rate, review, and subscribe. It helps other people find the show!

4 September 2019


“Rushdan delivers plenty of spycraft and action!” – Publishers Weekly

Congratulations to Juno Rushdan whose second romantic thriller, NOTHING TO FEAR, releases today!

The clock is ticking

Fearsome Gray Box operative Gideon Stone is devoted to his work and his team. He’s never given reason to doubt his loyalty…until he’s tasked with investigating Willow Harper, a beguiling cryptologist suspected of selling deadly bio-agents on the black market.

He knows she’s innocent. He knows she’s being framed. And he knows that without him, Willow will be dead before sunrise.

Thrust into the crossfire of an insidious international conspiracy, Gideon will do anything to keep Willow safe…even if that means waging war against his own. With time running out, an unlikely bond pushes limits?and forges loyalties. Every move they make counts. And the real traitor is always watching…

Learn more about the FINAL HOUR series online at:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @JunoRushdan

27 August 2019


Please help us give a warm welcome to kt literary’s newest client, Alex Brown!

I am thrilled to welcome Alex into the kt literary family! Alex is a multi-talented writer and co-creator of the popular narrative podcast, The Bridge, which just gained its MILLIONTH download. Her YA sci-fi is a twisty thriller through the eyes of a young pilot apprentice whose life is turned over when she and her crew stumble upon the remains of a centuries-old space ship long thought lost, and the ghosts of the ship’s past waiting for them inside. Alex is a master of chewy dialogue and delicious, spooky intrigue, and I can’t wait to share her stories with readers hungry for books like hers!

In addition to becoming a published novelist, Alex Brown hopes to pursue a career in TV and film, bringing stories with more diverse characters and perspectives to the big and small screen. She’s one of the co-creators and producers of The Bridge, a spooky, folklore-filled audio drama podcast with over 1,000,000 downloads to date! Alex loves to write YA Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror, and has made it a life goal to subvert the ‘bury your gays’ trope in every story she writes. She is one of the inaugural recipients of the SCBWI’s On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award and is proud to be the biracial daughter of a Filipina immigrant! You can find her on Twitter and on her website,
Welcome, Alex!
14 August 2019


I am so thrilled today to celebrate the release of START HERE by Trish Doller!!

Two teens go on a life-changing sailing trip as they deal with the grief of losing their best friend in this heartwrenching, hopeful novel from the author of Something Like Normal and In a Perfect World.

Willa and Taylor were supposed to spend the summer after high school sailing from Ohio to Key West with their best friend, Finley. But Finley died before graduation, leaving them with a twenty-five-foot sailboat, a list of clues leading them to destinations along the way, and a friendship that’s hanging by a thread.

Now, Willa and Taylor have two months and two thousand miles to discover how life works without Finley—and to decide if their own friendship is worth saving.

From acclaimed author Trish Doller comes a poignant tale of forgiveness, grief, and the brilliant discoveries we make within ourselves when we least expect it.

Booklist says, “Doller takes the classic road-trip trope and gives it a seafaring twist, following her characters mile by nautical mile as they learn to connect with each other and deal with their grief. Teens after summertime reads that tug at the heartstrings will be happy to take the journey with them.”

And Kirkus says “Doller effectively tackles the difficult emotions that come with losing your best friend. Clear and evocative descriptions of the mechanics of sailing and the many places the girls visit en route enhance the novel.”

Grab your copy today at your favorite independent bookstore, online retailer, or look for it at your local library!

13 August 2019


Head on over to Refinery29 for the cover reveal and an exclusive excerpt for THE BOLD TYPE creator Sarah Watson‘s debut YA novel, MOST LIKELY! A quick tease:

In Sarah Watson’s YA book MOST LIKELY, out in March 2020, the future leader of the free world is just a high school senior with a crush and a crew of three inseparable best friends. Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha are all destined for great things — and one, for the presidency.

The creator of The Bold Type, the beloved Freeform show set in the world of glossy print magazines, Watson is pop culture’s foremost expert in creating cliques of lovable, ambitious young women.

MOST LIKELY is Watson’s first book, but it draws on the same themes of The Bold Type: “How women support each other, and how we make each other better,” Watson tells Refinery29 over the phone.

Click through to read more and pre-order your copy today!!

12 August 2019

News, Sales

I’m thrilled to share the news that Ashley Hearn of Page Street has acquired world rights to Jamie Pacton’s next fantastic YA novel, LUCKY GIRL!

You’ll have to wait until Spring 2021 to read it, but we should have preorder information soon for Jamie’s debut novel THE LIFE AND (MEDIEVAL) TIMES OF KIT SWEETLY. Stay tuned!

9 August 2019

Bloggy bits, News, Uncategorized

It’s release day for Rebekah Crane’s POSTCARDS FOR A SONGBIRD! Be sure to pick up this beautiful YA contemporary story about the ache to belong and the joy of feeling understood.

Everyone eventually leaves Wren Plumley. First it was her mother, then her best friend, and then her sister. Now living with only her cop father and her upended dreams, Wren feels stranded, like a songbird falling in a storm.

When Wilder, a sickly housebound teen, moves in next door, Wren finally finds what she’s always wanted—a person who can’t leave. But a chance meeting with Luca, the talkative, crush-worthy boy in her driver’s ed class, has Wren wondering if maybe she’s too quick to push people away. Soon, Wren finds herself caught between the safety of a friendship and a love worth fighting for.

Wren starts to dream again. But when postcards begin arriving from her sister, Wren must ultimately confront why her mother left fourteen years before and why her sister followed in her footsteps. For her new life to take flight, Wren will have to reconcile the heartbreaking beauty of lost dreams and the beautiful heartbreak of her new reality.

You won’t want to miss this one! Pick up a copy of POSTCARDS FOR A SONGBIRD on Amazon!

Be sure to visit Rebekah Crane’s social media! She’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

6 August 2019

News, Sales

Please help us congratulate Rebecca Mahoney on the sale of THE VALLEY AND FLOOD!!

From PW Children’s Bookshelf:

Alex Sanchez at Razorbill has acquired Rebecca Mahoney‘s debut, The Valley and the Flood. The contemporary YA novel with shades of Twin Peaks follows Rose, whose car breaks down outside a small desert town where the people are bracing themselves for a disastrous flood. Her journey is thrown off course when she discovers that not only is she the prophesied bringer of said flood, but that the key to stopping it lies in confronting the accident that killed her best friend and the scars it left behind. Publication is set for fall 2020; Hannah Fergesen at KT Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.

THE VALLEY AND THE FLOOD is like nothing else I’ve ever read. It invokes the same feeling of the uncanny created by shows like Welcome To Nightvale and Twin Peaks, and expertly delves into themes of mental health, found family, and loss. I cannot wait for readers to experience the strange world Rebecca has created!

Congratulations, Rebecca!!!

31 July 2019


Happy Book Birthday to New York Times bestselling author Jason M. Hough whose GEARS OF WAR novel releases today!

The official prequel to the action video game Gears 5!

Following Reyna Diaz’s death at the hands of the Swarm, Kait seals her mother’s tomb, swearing revenge. With her allies, including JD Fenix and Del Walker, she returns to New Ephyra to warn the Coalition of Ordered Governments:

The Swarm Is Coming!

However, First Minister Jinn requires proof of the threat. She also demands their utter loyalty, driving a wedge between the allies. Joined by Marcus Fenix, Kait strikes out on her own while JD and Del embark on a sanctioned mission to prove that the threat is real. With the fate of humankind hanging in the balance, it’s a race against time.

Learn more about Jason’s bestselling books:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @JasonMHough

30 July 2019


Please join us in congratulating Jennifer Honeybourn on today’s release of JUST MY LUCK, a Junior Library Guild Selection and the perfect summer beach read!!!

About the book:

Marty has terrible luck, and she knows exactly why. While working as a housekeeper at a ritzy hotel in Maui, Marty made it a habit to steal from the guests. What better way to stick it to the rich snobs they have to clean up after than to take their stuff? Marty knows how to get her luck back: She just has to return Every. Single. Item.

When Marty meets Will, a new guest who is staying for the summer, she does the one thing she always promised herself she’d never do—fall for a tourist. But Will’s special, different from the other guests at the hotel. Maybe Marty’s luck is finally turning around.

When a string of events threatens their relationship, Marty has to find a way to get those items back to their original owners… or she’ll be saying goodbye to Will forever.


Learn more about Jennifer’s books on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @Honeybourn!

16 July 2019


Please help us celebrate with award-winning author L. Penelope as th special extended edition of SONG OF BLOOD & STONE hits stores today!

SONG OF BLOOD & STONE was named a “10 Best Fantasy Books of 2018” at Time Magazine!

And #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews says, “Wonderful characters, unique setting, and an engaging romance set against the backdrop of ancient magic.”

L. Penelope’s Song of Blood & Stone is a treacherous, thrilling, epic fantasy about an outcast drawn into a war between two powerful rulers.

The kingdoms of Elsira and Lagrimar have been separated for centuries by the Mantle, a magical veil that has enforced a tremulous peace between the two lands. But now, the Mantle is cracking and the True Father, ruler of Lagrimar and the most powerful Earthsinger in the world, finally sees a way into Elsira to seize power.

All Jasminda ever wanted was to live quietly on her farm, away from the prying eyes of those in the nearby town. Branded an outcast by the color of her skin and her gift of Earthsong, she’s been shunned all her life and has learned to steer clear from the townsfolk…until a group of Lagrimari soldiers wander into her valley with an Elsiran spy, believing they are still in Lagrimar.

Through Jack, the spy, Jasminda learns that the Mantle is weakening, allowing people to slip through without notice. And even more troubling: Lagrimar is mobilizing, and if no one finds a way to restore the Mantle, it might be too late for Elsira. Their only hope lies in uncovering the secrets of the Queen Who Sleeps and Jasminda’s Earthsong is the key to unravel them.

Thrust into a hostile society and a world she doesn’t know, Jasminda and Jack race to unveil an ancient mystery that might offer salvation.

Follow L. Penelope on her website:

And say hi and congratulations on twitter @leslyepenelope

16 July 2019


Happy Book Birthday to FOREVER NEVERLAND by Susan Adrian!! This amazing middle grade novel has been called “A fresh and worthy Neverland update for today’s young readers” by Booklist, and “A magical ode to childhood that updates the classic while keeping its flavor” by Kirkus Reviews!

Clover and Fergus are the great-great-grandchildren of Wendy Darling (yes, that Wendy). And now Peter Pan wants to take them to Neverland for the adventure of their lives! But Clover is a little nervous–she’s supposed to look after her brother. Fergus is autistic, and not everyone makes him feel welcome. What will happen to him in this magical world?

Fergus isn’t nervous at all. To him, Neverland seems like a dream come true! He’s tired of Clover’s constant mothering and wants some independence, like Peter and the Lost Boys have. He wonders, Why can’t the real world be more like Neverland?

Neverland is fun and free, but it’s also dangerous and even scary at times. Unfamiliar creatures lurk in the shadows, and strange sounds come from the waters. And then the mermaids start to go missing. . . .

In an imaginative and thoughtful continuation of the story of Peter Pan, Susan Adrian explores Neverland with a fresh perspective and indelible warmth, offering a new adventure based on a beloved classic!

Please join me in congratulating Susan on her book’s release, which is available from Random House Children’s Books today at bookstores everywhere!!

25 June 2019