Hilary Harwell

Hilary Harwell

KT Literary

My Manuscript Wish List

Hilary is currently open to queries. Please see submission guidelines before submitting!


Hilary joined the KT Literary team in 2016 to support office operations and assist with queries and manuscripts, and now acts as Associate Agent with clients of her own. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a degree in Anthropology and went on to work in the back office of a major Swiss Investment Bank for eight years before deciding to trade numbers for letters. When not reading or editing or writing stories of her own, Hilary likes to hike the Rockies with her family and dreams of one day owning her own horses.

She has a penchant for fully-developed characters who leap off the page and into her heart (even if they’re not always the most lovable), for tightly plotted stories that show her new ways to look at the world, for elegant prose, and for stories told from diverse perspectives so that more children and young people can find themselves inside the pages of the books we help create. She’s currently looking for middle grade and young adult projects both realistic and fantastic.

Fun facts about me:

I have three kids, two cats, and used to teach kids (not my own) how to ride horses. I’m a huge football fan – go Broncos, go Buffs! And I love music. All types. It’s like air to me. Favorite artists? Biggie, De La Soul, The Lumineers, Ray LaMontagne, Otis Redding.

Fun fact? I went to high school with John Mayer (yes, THE John Mayer), James Blake (former pro-tennis player), and Justin Long (actor).

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to hilaryquery@ktliterary.com

To query me, please email your query letter and the first three pages of your manuscript in the body of the email to  hilaryquery@ktliterary.com.

The subject line of your email should include the word “Query” along with the title of your manuscript. Please don’t send attachments; they frighten me. I aim to reply to all queries within two weeks of receipt.



Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Middle Grade, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: #ownvoices, Contemporary Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary YA, Diversity, Fantasy Romance, High Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Literary Middle Grade, Low Fantasy, Magical Realism, Middle Grade Mystery, Multicultural, Southern Gothic, Thriller, contemporary middle grade, dark fantasy, horror
I’d like the next…

Grisha series. The Scorpio Races. The Hate U Give. Rules for Stealing Stars. Out of My Mind. Seraphina and The Black Cloak. I’ll Give You The Sun.

My favorites include…

Old Books I love: Bridge to Terabithia, The Hobbit, Black Beauty, The Black Stallion series, Hatchet, The Call of the Wild, White Fang, Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Westing Game, James and the Giant Peach, THE BFG, IT, A Wrinkle in Time, The Secret Garden

Movies I Love: The Neverending Story, Willow, The Princess Bride, Usual Suspects, Reservoir Dogs, Silence of the Lambs, Tommy Boy, Monty Python’s The Holy Grail, Braveheart

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