Kate Johnson *not accepting applications*

Kate Johnson photoKate is an agent at Wolf Literary, representing authors and handling rights in both the US and the UK. Prior to joining Wolf Literary, Kate was an agent and vice president at Georges Borchardt, Inc., for more than eight years. She previously edited and reported at StoryQuarterly, Bookslut.com, New York magazine and elsewhere, and graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Kate represents literary and upmarket/book club fiction, and is drawn to global stories, psychological investigations, modern-day fables, moral ambiguity, a strong sense of place, and diverse, convincing characters. She likes vivid settings, be it the Midwest or Moldova, and would love to read a good Southern gothic or Scottish noir. She also represents a range of narrative nonfiction and the occasional memoir, with an interest in food, running, feminism, obsessives, humor, unconventional families, social history, art, travel, mental health, medicine, and the environment. She loves working with journalists. Across all her projects, she looks for authentic voices, and books that uncover something off-kilter in the everyday, or conversely something relatable in the extraordinary. Kate handles contemporary, realistic YA on occasion, but is not looking for middle grade, picture books, fantasy, sci-fi, erotic fiction, or legal/courtroom dramas.

Specialism

Literary and upmarket fiction

Narrative nonfiction

Offer

I am happy to read a proposal or sample pages from a manuscript and give feedback, and/or have a general conversation – by email, phone/Skype, or over coffee – about navigating the publishing process. I can be flexible, but suggest once in person and then a follow-up chat as needed.

Method

  • In person
  • By email
  • By skype/telephone.

Location

London and Bristol

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