Kate McKean

@kate_mckean

VP at Morhaim Literary Agency morhaimliterary.com kmckean@morhaimliterary.com

Brooklyn, NY

Howard Morhaim Literary Agency

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · 6 Nov 2018

Kristin Owens ⚓️ @kristin_owens_

@kate_mckean @BookEndsJessica Crap

Replying to @kristin_owens_

If you know it's not there yet, don't query. It's too tough a market out there to hope that an agent will take a chance on something that needs work.

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · 6 Nov 2018

Shawn McKee @shawnrmckee

@kate_mckean Why is it that submission guidelines often ask for a specific number of pages, when a “page” is a subjective measurement depending on font choice and size?

Replying to @shawnrmckee

Use 12pt font, one inch margins, standard font (like TNR) and don't try to cheat the system. :) Use your best judgement. If an agent asks for 30 pages and your ch. 2 ends on page 32, send 32 pp. You won't get booted out of the system.

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · 6 Nov 2018

Jenna Aker @jenbarie

@kate_mckean How does a writer who wants to publish in multiple genres find an agent?

Replying to @jenbarie

It's tough. You have to start with one book. If you get an offer, talk to that agent about the other genres you want to do. See if you're a match. Avoid having multiple agents. Of course, you have to pub in 1 genre first, before you can pub in another. :)

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · 6 Nov 2018

Jess Hernandez @FinkHernandez

@kate_mckean Anything in particular you'd like to see more of, particularly in women's fiction?

Replying to @FinkHernandez

feminist literary fiction! historical set in the 20C that's not war related! Books about women getting shit done!

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · 6 Nov 2018

Emily F. Popek @EmilyPopek

@kate_mckean Any tips on building a platform as a fiction writer?

Replying to @EmilyPopek

Write wherever you can. Better is tangentially related to your book's themes. (Mental health? Feminism? Historical medical quackery? Whatever you got). But just keep writing.

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · 6 Nov 2018

Sadclown Megan @ThunderTheft

@kate_mckean @FinkHernandez I love both those questions! To combine the two, what tropes are over used in children's books?

Replying to @ThunderTheft

About a hundred million of them. :) And varies by picbook, MG, YA. But I've seen a lot of overcoming bullying stories and I think we're good there for a while.

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · 6 Nov 2018

Monadiki @MonadikiFierce

@kate_mckean Do agents only pitch to the big publishers or do they have visions that are bigger, like movies, TV, merchandise etc?

Replying to @MonadikiFierce

Books and movies are two different pitches. We do both. Merchandise is harder because that is most often tied up with movie rights. Book agents usually pitch book first, then movie. Movies don't really want an untested book.

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · 6 Nov 2018

Lynn(e) Schmidt @LynneSchmidt

@kate_mckean How does one go about querying a poetry manuscript? #AskAgent

Replying to @LynneSchmidt

Oooof. There are very few agents who rep poetry. Find them first. But you can also go straight to small pubs who do poetry without an agent. I don't do poetry so I'm not the best resource.