Hannah Fergesen

Hannah Fergesen

KT Literary

My Manuscript Wish List

Updated 2/1/17

I’m looking for YA and MG, as well as select, speculative (genre) adult fiction.

Right now I’m especially looking for stories that combine contemporary and speculative elements, as well #ownvoices stories and diverse writers across all categories I represent.

In YA and MG, I’m always looking for speculative and contemporary stories, from fantasy, mystery, horror and magical realism, to family-oriented dramas, historical fiction, and stories dealing with contemporary issues, such as mental health or addiction.

Fair warning: I am not a fan of romance-as-main plot, so if that is your overarching plot, I’m probably not the right agent for the project.

Some more specific things I’m always looking for:

For both YA and MG, I’m very interested in finding a good, twisty mystery or suspense. If they’re historical (I’d love to find an Amelia Peabody-esque YA historical mystery), or have a speculative bent, even better. And if anyone has the novel-version of BRICK, please send it to me.

I love dark, complex ensemble fantasies like SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo, especially if they have a non-Western setting. If there’s a historical aspect, like THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE by Heidi Heilig, I’m sold.

I want space operas for any age category, something with politics and an edge like Battlestar Galactica, or a bold re-imagining of another time (like FIREFLY did with the Old West).In adult, I want weird and/or lyrical fantasies and speculative mysteries ala anything by Neil Gaiman and Chuck Wendig, as well as Lev Grossman’s THE MAGICIANS, VICIOUS by Victoria Schwab, DEATHLESS by Catherynne Valente, or KRAKEN by China Mieville.

YA that replicates the speculative elements, tone and ensemble goodness of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER but in a new and interesting setting.

YA and MG historical fiction with real-life badass female protagonists. Because you’d better believe they existed, all over the world – from famous Chinese pirates to Russian fighter pilots to Western outlaws – in fact, if anyone has these specific stories, send them! (I am always dying for someone to send me Sybil Ludington’s story, or any story of war told from the perspective of women who were there)

In MG, a NON-speculative STEM story featuring a female protagonist.

New Weird in an adult and YA.

A note: If you see something on here that you respond to, that’s great! Please be very specific about what part of my MSWL you identified with when querying me – I’ve made my wishlist specific so that you can be specific too. This will help me get a better sense of you and your book, and the writer you are!

Fun facts about me:

I went to school for TV/Film writing; I have an orange tabby with a Chaplin mustache named Chester; I lived in Toronto for two years as a kid.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to hannahquery@ktliterary.com

The subject line of your email should include the word “Query” along with the title of your manuscript.Please also include the first three pages of your manuscript. No attachments – all queries with attachments will be deleted. I aim to reply to all queries within two weeks of receipt.

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, Mystery, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Diversity, Epic Fantasy, Gothic Horror, Historical Fantasy, Literary Middle Grade, Magical Realism, Multicultural, Multiple POV, Noir, Soft Fantasy, Space Opera, Speculative Fiction, Steampunk, Suspense, mythpunk
I’d like the next…

Stranger Things, The 100, The Craft, The Magicians, Victoria Schwab

My favorites include…

Some of my favorite books: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, Sabriel by Garth Nix, The Magicians by Lev Grossman, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, The Once and Future King by TH White, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Deathless by Catherynne Valente, Harry Potter by JK Rowling, The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay

TV shows/Movies: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Community, Supernatural, True Detective, 28 Days Later, Children of Men, Donnie Darko, The Fifth Element, Practical Magic, Ever After, Moulin Rouge, Benny and Joon

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