How to Submit Your Book to Agents — May 2, 2013 Webinar by Agent Kate McKean (With Critique)

Submitting your work to literary agents seems like a straightforward thing, doesn’t it? But the truth is that they are many ins and outs to researching agents, writing a query letter that works, submission etiquette & protocol, and more. How do you get past contradictory advice online regarding submissions? Where do you find hungry agents that are looking for new clients in your genre? What are the best questions to ask an agent if they offer representation? All these areas can be quite tricky to navigate…

And that’s why we have awesome literary agent Kate McKean (Howard Morhaim Literary) to teach the new webinar, “How to Submit Your Book to Agents: Take the Right First Steps on Your Road to Publication” on Thursday, May 2, 2013. The webinar starts at 1 p.m., EST and lasts 90 minutes. Not only will attendees get instruction, they will also get a critique of their query letter by Kate. (Remember that at least three agents — Barbara Poelle, Kathleen Ortiz and Louise Fury — have signed writers after critiquing their work as part of a WD webinar.)



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All registrants are invited to submit their query letter (up to two double-spaced pages). All submissions are guaranteed a written critique by literary agent Kate McKean. Kate reserves the right to request more writing from attendees by e-mail following the event, if she deems the writing excellent. (Pro Tip: Send in your query for critique AFTER the webinar to apply everything you learned to your work!) Sign up for the webinar here.


Sometimes writing the book is the easy part! The road to finding an agent for your work can be difficult, frustrating, and laden with contradictory advice. Literary agent Kate McKean is here to give you a road map for finding not just ‘an agent’ but rather the ‘right agent’ for your work.

There are hundreds of literary agents in the U.S. alone; however, their information is not conveniently collated on one or two websites that you can easily search to find the perfect one for your work. Wouldn’t that be nice if it were true! Because it isn’t, you need to be armed with the tools and resources to find and decode the information across the web that will lead you to the agents looking for work just like yours—right now.

Finding an agent for your work is very important, but finding the ‘right agent’ is mandatory if you wish to achieve your traditional publishing goals. This live webinar will discuss how and where to search for agents in your genre, how to tell if they are the right agent for you, and how to plan your submission. The webinar will also discuss how you determine whether your work is ready for submission in the first place.

Kate McKean will cover the ever-important submission etiquette (so you don’t ruin your chances before you even get started), Query Letters 101, and the many, many dos and don’t of sharing your work with agents. She’ll go over what next steps you can take if you don’t find your best agent match.

Finding the right agent is the first step (after finishing the book) on the road to meeting your publishing goals and should not be taken lightly. With the information from this live webinar, you’ll be well on your way!


  • How and where to look for agents hungry for new writing in your genre
  • How, when, and in what format to submit work to agents
  • How to decipher the contradictory advice blogs about what you should and should not do when submitting your work
  • Query Letters 101: What you need to know
  • Submission Etiquette: The absolute dos and don’ts
  • How not to go crazy while your book is on submission
  • What questions to ask agents when you get ‘The Call’
  • What to do if no agent bites. Sign up for the webinar here.


Kate McKean is a literary agent at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency in Brooklyn, NY, where she has worked for seven years. She earned her Master’s in Fiction Writing at the University of Southern Mississippi, and enjoys both the creative and business aspects of her job. Her clients include the New York Times bestselling humor book I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?, YA and Adult Fantasy writer Delilah S. Dawson, and blogger, designer, and creativity expert Noah Scalin. She is most interested in contemporary women’s fiction, middle grade and young adult fiction.

Sign up for the May 2 webinar here.

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