Kate McKean

Instructor & Writer
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Kate McKean is a literary agent and writer in Brooklyn, NY.


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What We Talk About When We Talk About Book Titles

When a writing project has a good title, everyone can feel it. But getting there can be a struggle—for both the author and the publishing team, if your project happens to be a book.

Sep 06, 2022
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What is Genre, Anyway?

In this conversation, author Isaac Fellman and literary agent Kate McKean discuss how writers and the publishing industry define genre . . . and realize the more you talk about it, the less clear the concept becomes.

Mar 08, 2022
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Book Contracts: Let’s Talk Surprises

In the final installment of her column, Kate McKean tells us about the things authors don’t expect to be in a book contract.

Nov 23, 2021
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Book Contracts: Let’s Talk Rights

In the second installment of her column, Kate McKean tells us all about the rights and subrights that could appear in your contract when you sell your book to a publisher.

Oct 26, 2021
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Book Contracts: Let’s Talk Money

As part of our Money Week series, literary agent Kate McKean shares the first installment of her column on book contracts, this one addressing advances, payouts, and royalties.

Sep 16, 2021
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Spring Migration

Lori was in real, actual danger, but it was easy to convince herself she was not.

May 28, 2021
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What Bird Watching Gave Me After My Miscarriage

It was satisfying to see those robins, sparrows, and starlings, because they were still with us. They had stayed.

Sep 19, 2018
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Deal or No Deal: Why Being a Literary Agent Doesn’t Make It Easier to Write a Book

To all the wonderful would-be authors out there: Do as I say, not as I do.

Jun 27, 2017