Status: OPEN to queries

 

Literary and Upmarket Fiction:
Kat is drawn to strong, character-driven works with rich, literary prose. She loves books that make her think and have a strong emotional pull.

  •  Adult Contemporary
  • Women’s Fiction
  • Adult & YA Multicultural Lit
  • Adult Historical works featuring family sagas. Think Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club or Walter Dean Myers’ The Glory Field.
  • YA Contemporary that isn’t afraid to tackle the hard topics. Books in a similar vein as Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not, Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, or Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak.

Other favorites: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys¸ Big Fish by Daniel Wallace, About a Boy by Nick Hornby, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, The Leavers by Lisa Ko, and Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel.

Commercial Fiction:
For the commercial market, Kat is looking for high concept, voice-driven works with a close POV and well-developed, distinct characters.

  • Science Fiction, specifically space operas or something dark and twisty similar to an episode of Black Mirror
  • Low, epic fantasies and dark urban fantasies where the worldbuilding reflects a non-Europe based setting
  • Quirky and fun Women’s Fiction and Rom-Coms like Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
  • YA-all genres

Other favorites: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab, The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, and Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire.

NonFiction:

  • Religion and Spirituality that focus on a universal, humanitarian message much like God Is Not A Christian and The Book of Joy
  • Narrative nonfiction and journalistic non-fiction tackling current affairs and social justice issues, particularly covering topics of racism, immigration, LGBTQIA+ rights, gender equality, and poverty
  • Cookbooks that are edgy and fresh (think Thug Kitchen), inspired by pop culture (similar to Eat Like A Gilmore), or anything that spotlights authentic, regional cuisine from across the globe
  • Travel books that merge cuisine and culture in a way that would make Anthony Bourdain proud
  • Select biographies and memoirs


Do not send:

  • Plots/themes centering around unresolved rape or abuse, or child abuse
  • Previously published or self-published works
  • MG, Chapter books, picture books
  • Novellas, short stories, or poetry collections
  • Military/war stories
  • Westerns

 

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