Kate McKean


VP at Morhaim Literary. my colors are blush and bashful. Closed to queries as of July 1, 2019 Newsletter here: katemckean.substack.com

Brooklyn, NY

Howard Morhaim Literary Agency

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · Sep 13

Book publicity is incredibly hard and book publicists are literal angels and if you want to know why read this:


#amwriting #amquerying #pubtip #writingcommunity #agents #books

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · Aug 21

Also, if you are a repeat offender of sending undeniably bad, aggressive, and insulting queries, I set a filter for your name/email and you're automatically sent to the trash. Sorry not sorry. #pubtip

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · Aug 21

Under no circumstances should you GROUP DM agents to query your work. #pubtip #amquerying

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · Jul 25

I really, really, really don't want a publishing start up that disrupts query letters.

#amquerying #pubtip #writingcommunity #amwriting


Kate McKean @kate_mckean · May 10

One of the fundamental challenges of writing a book is getting everything you know about your subject/characters/plot/etc from your head to the actual page. You know what you know, but the reader doesn't know what you know until you tell them. #pubtip

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · May 6

Hello. It is not necessary to notify me if another agent has requested your full manuscript. Congrats! But I don't need to know. Tell me if you get an offer of rep, but otherwise, we're good. #pubtip

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · May 2

Whoooooooo wheeeeeeee, I got a little salty in this week's paid Agents and Books:

Stop Using Statistics to Prove Your Market


#pubtip #amquerying #amwriting

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · Mar 13

If you think that calling your book a romantic suspense thriller mystery historical novel with light fantasy/magical realism means everyone who likes ANY of those genres will like your book, you need to read this: katemckean.substack.com #pubtip #amwriting

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · Feb 26

Thinking about your author platform can be terrifying.
#amquerying #pubtip

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · Feb 13

How long does a book have to be? If you're wondering about word counts for whatever you're writing, look here: katemckean.substack.com #pubtip

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · Feb 10

When your pitch mentions the race or other characteristic of the marginalized of only one character, I know what the default of all the others is. #pubtip

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · Feb 10

In your query letter, Catharine "Kate" McKean doesn't care that your main character goes by a nickname for the entirety of your novel. #pubtip

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · Jan 29

I'd say one in every 100 queries mentions a client that I have not worked with in about 13 years, when I left one agency for another. This isn't an auto-rejection level offense. But it tells me where you got your info, and that info is bad. #pubtip

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · 17 Dec 2018

Kate McKean @kate_mckean

Some end of year #pubtips: When agents ask for your pub credits or previously published works in a query letter, we're not asking you to prove SOMEONE ELSE LIKED MY WRITING SO YOU WILL TOO. 1/3

Pub credits et al tell us what you're up to, or have been up to. What worlds are you active in? Has anyone heard of them? Are they related to the book you're querying? Will they help with promotion? #pubtip 2/3

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · 5 Nov 2018

I have received several queries saying a person I don't know has "referred" them to me, and while queries are good regardless, this feels weird. It's not a strike against the writers, but I fear they think there's a connection when there's not. #pubtip

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · 23 Oct 2018

Don't send a POD/printed copy of your self-published book as a query. It's not because it's self-published; it's because I only accept email submissions. Pay attention to guidelines (and save your money). #pubtip