Hannah Fergesen


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

Brooklyn, NY

KT Literary

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 28 Jun 2016

Don't know what to put in a query? Why don't you try some stakes? Or wait, how bout the stakes? You know what else helps? Stakes. #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 23 Jun 2016

#querytip: I find read receipts on queries VERY off-putting.

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 30 Mar 2016

#Querytip: the buff, 30-something white male is never the "unlikely hero".

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 15 Mar 2016

If you're using a sub form through an agency's contact page, don't waste space by inserting the agency address like a form letter #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 25 Jan 2016

Don't query the same book four times with a new query each time. You're not fooling me. #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 6 Jan 2016

Please don't open your query by deriding published books. It's tacky and paints *you* in a bad light, not the supposedly bad book. #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 16 Dec 2015

Don't pitch agents on Twitter. Don't pitch agents on Twitter. Don't pitch agents on Twitter. #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 19 Nov 2015

Writers: query @JJohnsonBlalock - she has a great literary eye and is super smart. Do it!


Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 2 Oct 2015

Don't waste valuable query space explaining to me what you read on our website - I already know what we're looking for. #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 29 Sep 2015

If an agent offers on your ms but doesn't feel like a good fit, it's okay to say no. It could save you heartbreak later. #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 8 Sep 2015

#QueryHomework: dissect the 2nd The Martian trailer, finds its key compelling elements and assemble. Ask yourself why they work. #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 7 Sep 2015

Appropriate word count matters, guys. Research it. Don't make the mistake of thinking you are the exception to the rule. #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 14 Aug 2015

Your bio is not your hook. Start with your hook - end with your bio. Much easier to get sucked into a query this way. #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 7 Aug 2015

#querytip: please don't try to add me on Facebook or LinkedIn just after you've queried. You're gonna be sad when I have to say no.

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 5 Aug 2015

"science based" and "science fiction" are two different things. #querytip

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 26 Jun 2015

#querytip: don't try to relate unrelated things in your hook. Ex: When MC finds a body on his lawn, he realizes he loves the girl next door.

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · 21 May 2015

If your protagonist is 22 and renting an apartment, your book is not #ya. Know you category, genre, audience before you query. #querytip