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Sara Megibow is a literary agent with KT Literary.
Sara specializes in middle grade, young adult, romance, erotica, science fiction, and fantasy. She represents New York Times best-selling authors Roni Loren and Jason Hough and international bestselling authors Stefan Bachmann and Tiffany Reisz. Sara is LGBTQ-friendly and presents regularly at SCBWI and RWA events around the country.
In her own words:
“When I was a kid, I read the entire HOBBIT buried under couch pillows in the middle of the living room. What am I looking for? Books that captivate me, mesmerize me, move me – in the same way that 9 year old Sara was moved by Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves. The genres of books I represent are limited so let me try to be a bit more specific:
“In middle grade submissions, I love seeing fantasy novels because the magical world-buidling and heroic adventures seem to mesh well with the heroes and heroines of that age range. I love characters who are funny and confident and who love their parents. I love dragons, unicorns, magical swords and daredevil princesses. THE PECULIAR by Stefan Bachmann is steampunk middle grade fantasy and it’s gorgeous, dark and intense. Conversely, THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY by Jaleigh Johnson is a high-speed train adventure with magical creatures and a girl who fell from the sky. So, don’t get too bogged down in fantasy vs. steampunk vs. historical vs. epic vs. science fiction. Just bring me complex worlds and characters with a ton of emotion.
“For young adult submissions, I love everything from contemporary to fantasy to historical to science fiction. I represent Karen Fortunati whose debut THE WEIGHT OF ZERO hit multiple reading lists in 2016 and was called “honest, informative and ultimately optimistic” by Kirkus. I also represent Margaret Rogerson whose debut AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS (September 2017) is a beautiful, lyrical, complex fantasy pitched as Jane Eyre meets CITY OF BONES. I’m looking for diverse voices and am always LGBTQ+ Friendly.”
“I’ve been a romance novel lover since I was pregnant with my son and my good friend Pamela Clare brought over a copy of her new book and said, “here, read this.” That book was called SWEET RELEASE and I imprinted upon it and never looked back. I love romance and erotica – especially as a feminist – because the stories are so pro-woman. I’m very diverse in my tastes here though – I love historicals, contemporaries, paranormals, steampunk, science fiction, etc. I love couples of every sexual orientation and in every combination. Tiffany Reisz, Roni Loren, Jane Kindred, Ashlyn Macnamara – these clients write widely across genres and even more widely across sexualities and they all rock my world. Be fun, be funny and be sexy and then send me a query.
“Finally, when it comes to science fiction and fantasy, this is a tough one as it was my first-love as a reader. I love complex worlds and huge, big adventures. I love Jason Hough’s epic space battles and Michael Martinez’s sailing ships that fly between planets. I also love urban fantasy with it’s awesome juxtaposition of the real world and magic – Michael Underwood has a heroine with a real light saber and Steve Vera has a gun battle on the New Jersey freeway – these are all good things. Avoid common tropes (portals, prophecies, sudden inheritances, super heroes) and go big.
“Now, here’s my disclaimer. In writing a “What Am I Looking For” piece it opens the door for some author to say “I wrote a fantasy YA and Sara prefers contemporary YA.” No no! I love great writing, amazing characters, a unique story. This post is a general outline of things I love, but things I love extends far above and beyond the 1000 words here. I love mashups, I love fantasy YA and contemporary MG and Scottish highland romance and hard science fiction. If a book is complete and in a genre I represent, then I want to see the query. Don’t let the guidelines here stop you from submitting to me. It’s a short and sweet look at things I love, but not intended to be exclusive.“