Hannah Fergesen


Lit Agent at KT Literary (closed to queries except underrepped writers- see site). Writer. Host at @gwbbpodcast . She/They who hangs out in cemeteries.

Brooklyn, NY

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Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · Apr 13

Writers, just a heads up that a referral isn't a referral if I've never heard of or spoken with the person who "referred" you. Get confirmation from this person that they have actually been in communication with me before you use their name in your query. #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · Mar 24

Writers, please let *all* the agents you've queried (that you haven't heard back from) know if you've received an offer of rep, not just the ones who have requested your manuscript; those who haven't had a chance to read yet need to know too. #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 15 Oct 2019

Seeing a notable uptick in queries categorized as “new adult”, so this is a reminder that New Adult is not currently a thing in traditional publishing, and many agents may be auto-rejecting your queries based on this category listing in your query #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 12 Apr 2019

Been hearing from writers that @ktliterary doesn't state that we require 3 pages along with your query on our website - but we do!

Always a good idea to pay attention to submission guidelines on the agency website! #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 9 Jan 2019

Queriers! Just an FYI that sometimes your fancy signatures and embedded illustrations/photos show up as attachments - and trigger deletion of said query. Best to simplify, and err on the side of caution! #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 28 Jul 2018

Hey writers! You don’t need to hashtag key words in the subject line of your query (I.e #YA #SFF #WF, etc). MSWL or Ownvoices is fine but still not necessary. #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 18 Dec 2017

I'm seeing a new trend in queries lately where a logline is placed at the top, even before a salutation. This makes it seem, initially, as if the querier has forgotten to include a salutation with my name, which is usually an auto-reject for me. Please don't do this! #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 16 Nov 2017

The term "speculative" in reference to genre doesn't mean books that "cause one to think". It's meant for SFF/Horror or books containing elements of SFF/Horror. Seeing a lot of queries for straight lit fic, which I don't rep, using this word as a descriptor #querytip #writetip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 22 Aug 2017

Queriers: an FYI that queries that don't include my name in the greeting generally get deleted/go to junk mail. #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 10 Aug 2017

A #querytip for everyone who might be tempted to call YA a genre in their query:

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 29 May 2017

If you share an email with your spouse, consider getting a personal one for sending queries - less confusing for me that way! #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 22 Feb 2017

#Querytip: If your spamblocker isn't set to let emails from anyone at ktliterary.com thru, you won't receive my passes OR requests.

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 22 Jan 2017

This is your reminder to always check an agency's website for submission guidelines before you click send on your query. #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 28 Nov 2016

#querytip: Please don't put MSWL in your query if your book doesn't ACTUALLY fit what I've specifically asked for on my MSWL. It's shady.

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 16 Sep 2016

When citing my #MSWL as a reason for querying, it's super helpful for me to know which part of it you're referencing! #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 17 Aug 2016

Don't tell me that you JUST finished your novel. This makes me concerned you haven't properly workshopped it before querying. #querytip