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 is closed to queries as of July 1, 2019.
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 Daniel 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 women's fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction set in the 20th Century, fantasy, magical realism, and science fiction. For children, she is looking for projects in middle grade and young adult in the areas of horror, romance, LGBTQ issues, contemporary fiction, sports, magical realism, fantasy, and science fiction, as well as picture books of all kinds, especially non-fiction picture books. 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 also interested in graphic novels and memoirs for all ages--adult and children.
She is NOT actively looking for, among other areas not listed above, novellas, poetry, or screenplays.
DongWon Song, Literary Agent
DongWon Song is closed to queries as of August 01, 2019.
DongWon Song represents commercial fiction for adult, young adult, and middle grade readers as well as select nonfiction. He was formerly an editor at Orbit and a product manager for the ebook startup Zola Books. He has also taught as an adjunct instructor in the publishing program at Portland State University. He joined HMLA in 2015.
Kim-Mei Kirtland, literary agent
Kim-Mei Kirtland is closed to queries beginning May 02, 2019.
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.
Patrice Caldwell, Literary AGent
Patrice Caldwell is seeking commercial fiction for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers as well as nonfiction. In children's/YA, she is especially looking for author/illustrators, middle grade science fiction & fantasy, and YA horror. Recent children’s/YA novels she’s loved include The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta, The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner, Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai, Wilder Girls by Rory Powers, Running with Lions by Julian Winters, Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram, The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, and The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.
For adults, she would love romance novels a la the ones of Jasmine Guillory and Helen Hoang, horror like the works of Victor LaValle and Carmen Marie Machado as well as adult science fiction and fantasy like The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, Vicious by V.E. Schwab, and Jade City by Fonda Lee. Recent adult titles that have resonated with her are Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell, Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim, and Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.
Before becoming a literary agent, Patrice was an editor Disney-Hyperion and, before that, Scholastic. She graduated from Wellesley College, where she studied Political Science and English, and is the founder of People of Color in Publishing, a grassroots organization.
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. She is not open to queries.