Kat joined Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2019. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors in English in 2009 and is drawn to literary and commercial voices within the adult and YA markets, as well as adult nonfiction. Kat feels strongly about supporting programs like We Need Diverse Books and is passionate about creating space in this industry for those from historically marginalized communities. She is actively seeking to grow her client list and is particularly hungry for magical realism, literary leaning speculative and science fiction, women’s fiction, YA works with a lot of heart, and narrative nonfiction with something to say.
Literary and Upmarket Fiction:
Kat is drawn to strong, character-driven works with rich, literary prose. She loves books that make her think and have a strong emotional pull.
- Adult Contemporary
- Women’s Fiction
- Adult & YA Multicultural Lit
- Adult Historical works featuring family sagas. Think Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club or Walter Dean Myers’ The Glory Field.
- YA Contemporary that isn’t afraid to tackle the hard topics. Books in a similar vein as Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not, Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, or Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak.
Other favorites: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys¸ Big Fish by Daniel Wallace, About a Boy by Nick Hornby, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, The Leavers by Lisa Ko, Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. and Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.
For the commercial market, Kat is looking for high concept, voice-driven works with a close POV and well-developed, distinct characters.
- Science Fiction, specifically space operas or something dark and twisty similar to an episode of Black Mirror
- Low, epic fantasies and dark urban fantasies where the worldbuilding reflects a non-Europe based setting
- Quirky and fun Women’s Fiction and Rom-Coms
- YA-all genres
Other favorites: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab, The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan, and The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang.
- Narrative nonfiction and journalistic non-fiction tackling current affairs and social justice issues, particularly covering topics of racism, immigration, LGBTQIA+ rights, gender equality, and poverty
- Select biographies and memoirs
Do not send:
- Plots/themes centering around unresolved rape or abuse, or child abuse
- Previously published or self-published works
- MG, Chapter books, picture books
- Novellas, short stories, or poetry collections
- Military/war stories
To query, please visit http://QueryMe.Online/KatKerr and fill out the online form with your query, synopsis, and first five pages of your manuscript.