Hilary Harwell


Literary Agent @KTLiterary | Children's Writer | Seeker of profundity, sunshine, fun, and good books. She/her. Query: hilaryquery at ktliterary.com


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Hilary Harwell @HilaryHarwell · 21 Nov 2019

Hey #amwriting friends! Most of you already know this, but pls don't send agents snarky responses when we pass on your work. Rejection is a BIG part of becoming a published author. Snarking at us just reinforces our judgment call that you/your work wasn't quite ready. #querytip

Hilary Harwell @HilaryHarwell · 25 Oct 2019

Also, #amquerying writers - I get a lot of queries for picture books, which I do not represent at this time. Please be sure to check agency websites directly for querying specifics! #querytip

Hilary Harwell @HilaryHarwell · 11 Oct 2019

Query trend - authors not fully understanding their audience. Telling me your project will fit my YA/MG fantasy romance line is a big red flag! #querytip #amquerying #agentlife

Hilary Harwell @HilaryHarwell · 21 Nov 2018

Just a quick note - I'll be closing to queries Dec 1 through Jan 1, so send me all your lovelies soon! #amquerying #querytip #HappyHolidays

Hilary Harwell @HilaryHarwell · 22 Oct 2018

Querying writers: I'm seeing lots of submissions with only a query letter. At KT Literary, we ask for the first three pages as well. They're super important so please don't forget to include them! #querytip #amquerying #amwriting

Hilary Harwell @HilaryHarwell · 8 Jul 2018

Hey querying writers, this is just a friendly reminder that it’s not appropriate to ask agents for feedback if they pass on your project. That’s what CPs and books on craft are for! #querytip #writetip #amwriting

Hilary Harwell @HilaryHarwell · 21 Jun 2018

Quick query update, too! I’ll be closing to *queries* at the end of June until mid-late August, so send me your goodies soon!! #amquerying #querytip

Hilary Harwell @HilaryHarwell · 3 Feb 2018

PSA for the day: Specificity in your query letter is key. You have a couple hundred words. Don't tell me there are dangerous creatures in your story. Help me see how yours are different from the million others already imagined. #querytip #amquerying #amwriting

Hilary Harwell @HilaryHarwell · 28 Jan 2018

Also, writers, please pay attention to submission guidelines when #amquerying - I need to see a sample of your writing along with your query! (1st 3 pages, please!) #amwriting #querytip

Hilary Harwell @HilaryHarwell · 20 Jan 2018

Writers, please don't send your project to agents for rep until you've revised and revised and revised again. The last thing we want to see is 'I've just finished writing XYZ and have to do one quick revision and it'll be ready to go.' #querytip #facepalm

Hilary Harwell @HilaryHarwell · 30 Oct 2017

Tomorrow is the last day I'll be accepting unsolicited queries until the New Year! Get 'em in! #agentlife #querytip #HappyHolidays

Hilary Harwell @HilaryHarwell · 16 Oct 2017

Quick note - I'll be closing to queries on Nov 1 through the end of the year. Get 'em in now if you're interested in querying me! #querytip

Hilary Harwell @HilaryHarwell · 28 Aug 2017

Querying authors - please follow submission guidelines. KT Literary asks for your 1st three pages as well as your query letter! #querytip