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I’m now open to queries, so please send me all your lovely middle grade and young adult projects. I have a penchant for fully-developed characters who leap off the page and into my heart (even if they’re not always the most lovable), for tightly plotted stories that show me new ways to look at the world, and for elegant prose. It is incredibly important to me to find stories told from diverse perspectives so that more children and young people can find themselves inside the pages of the books we help create.

Our query guidelines can be found here.

Some of my favorite stories can be found here.

Coming soon: my official MSWL page. Stay tuned.

I can’t wait to read all of your amazing projects!

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I don’t officially open to queries until August 1st of this year, but if you’re curious about my tastes you can check out the following site: http://hilaryharwellwrites.tumblr.com/

Until then I’ll be managing the general KT Literary query inbox (queries@ktliterary.com) and taking referrals from the other KT agents.

I’m looking forward to reading all of your beautiful projects when I do open in August! Have a great summer!

Once again I’m sharing some insights on constructing successful query letters. This week the focus is on clarity in your query, both in terms of your line-level writing and also in terms of conveying the meat of your story in a clear, concise way. Too often the important plot elements get bogged down in explanation, backstory, too much world-building, etc., so it’s important to really hone the focus of your pitch before querying. The most important things to convey in your query are the protagonist’s main goal, what’s keeping him/her from achieving it, and what’s at stake if he or she doesn’t succeed. If an agent can’t see this clearly, it will likely lead to a pass. To review the actual query letter and my critique, please visit the KT Literary blog!