Howard Morhaim, PRESIDENT
Howard Morhaim's publishing career has included time as a line editor, as a book doctor, and as an acquisitions editor in a variety of publishing houses in New York. In 1979, he established his eponymous literary agency, making use of his editing background to foster close relationships with his clients and their work. He represents renowned authorities in history, biography, art, architecture, science, and religion, as well as canonical authors in literary fiction, thrillers, mystery, science fiction, and fantasy.
Owing to a very full plate, Howard Morhaim is not accepting unsolicited submissions, only exclusive submissions that come as recommendations from colleagues or clients.
Kate McKean, vice president
Kate McKean joined HMLA in 2006. She earned her master’s degree in fiction writing at the University of Southern Mississippi and began her publishing career at the University Press of Florida. She is proud to work with New York Times best selling authors in a wide variety of genres including Mallory Ortberg’s TEXTS FROM JANE EYRE, Madeleine Roux’s YA horror series ASYLUM, and Brittany Gibbons’ memoir FAT GIRL WALKING. In addition to working with clients, she is an adjunct professor at New York University.
For adults, she is primarily interested in contemporary romance, contemporary women's fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction set in the 20th Century, high fantasy, magical realism, science fiction. For children, she is looking for projects in middle grade and young adult in the areas of thriller, horror, romance, LGBTQ issues, contemporary fiction, sports, magical realism, fantasy, and science fiction, as well as picture books of all kinds. In non-fiction, for adults or children/teens, she represents books by authors with demonstrable platforms in the areas of pop-culture, memoir, sports, food writing, humor, design, creativity, and craft.
She is NOT actively looking for, among other areas not listed above, novellas, poetry, or screenplays. If your manuscript features dragons, vampires, angels/demons, werewolves, FBI agents or amateur sleuths, she is not likely the best agent for your work.
DongWon Song, Literary Agent
DongWon Song was formerly an editor at Orbit, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group. He was the first hire at a publishing startup, Zola Books, and while there oversaw content and eventually became the head of product for the ecommerce and ebook apps. He is a graduate of Duke University and joined HMLA in 2015.
He is looking for science fiction and fantasy fiction. He is also interested in non-fiction, especially food writing, science, and pop culture.
Megan Gelement, Agency Assistant
Megan Gelement joined HMLA after graduating from the NYU Summer Publishing Institute in 2017. She enjoys sci-fi and fantasy, humor and satire, memoir, YA, literary fiction, and nonfiction about everything from baking to conservation biology. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Alabama.
Kim-Mei Kirtland, literary agent
Kim-Mei Kirtland is actively taking on clients who write speculative fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction. Her primary focus is work for adult and YA audiences, but she is open to select middle grade projects.
In fiction, she is particularly interested in hard science fiction, secondary world fantasy, space opera, magical realism, fabulism, and urban fantasy; in nonfiction, she is primarily open to history, biography, popular science, and food and travel writing with a strong voice.
Books that have resonated with her recently include the Imperial Radch novels by Ann Leckie, PRIVATE CITIZENS by Tony Tulathimutte, HOW TO BE BOTH by Ali Smith, and THE FOUR THOUSAND, THE EIGHT HUNDRED by Greg Egan.
She is not the best audience for work in the thriller or romance genres without speculative elements.